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SUZHOU, CHINA-A California-based manufacturer of cell phone components is expanding its overseas operations. Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. of Anaheim, CA says it will expand its 500,000-sf manufacturing plant here with a new 200,000 sf facility.

Multi-Fineline chairman and chief executive Phil Harding says the new plant will be built adjacent to the company’s MFC2 manufacturing facility, which began operation in June 2004 with approximately 285,000 sf of space and has since been expanded to about 300,000 sf. MFC1 began operation in 1994 and totals 225,000 sf.

The company manufactures between seven to nine million flex and flex assemblies per month. The assemblies function as part of the hinges, displays, and keypads for cell phones and personal digital assistants, mainly, as well as for medical devices, electronic data storage equipment, power supplies, and bar code scanners.

Multi-Fineline estimates the initial construction and build-out of the new facility will cost about $7.5 million, which the company expects to fund from its available cash and credit facilities. The company expects the equipment to cost another $21 million.

“We’re adding this new capacity in China now based on the demand we’re experiencing from both our telecommunications and non-telecommunications customers,” says Multi-Fineline president and COO Reza Meshgin.

Once operational, the facility will give the company capacity to generate approximately $12 million in additional monthly net sales. The company’s current capacity is $40- to $45 million in monthly net sales, though its facilities generated only 84.4 million in net sales during the three-month period from the end of March and the end of June.

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