By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Ever Win International Corp., an American manufacturer of accessories for smarthphones and laptops, has relocated some of its production to the Philippines as it closes its factories in China.
In addition, two other US electronics firms, with operations in China, are also keen of investing in the Philippines.
Senen Perlada, director of the Export Marketing Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry, revealed this to reporters at the launch of the Global SME Academy of the Philippine Trade Training Center.
Perlada said that Ever Win has sought registration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and started operations last month.
Ever Win is producing parts and accessories for all brands of mobile phones and laptops.
These accessories are exported globally.
“The reason they gave us is China is becoming more expensive as manufacturing hib so the US-China trade war was incidental,” said Perlada.
Perlada said that Ever Win has 6 manufacturing plants in China.
Ever Win has been planing to relocate in Asean countries, including the Philippines, to spread risks.
Ever Win already started documentation processes since last year. It took over an existing economic zone facility enabling them to start operation right away.
Perlada said that Ever Win is also looking for additional areas in tne country.
Perlada has met with the Ever Win officials during the DTI investment mission to Silicon Valley in January this year.
During the investment seminar, the DTI mission also met with two more American electronics firms, which have expressed keen interest to locate in rhe Philippines.
Perlada said they have met with Google representatives. The group’s business model is to appoint vendors, which are responsible of their location. Once these tier 1 and tier 2 companies operate in a country, their suppliers are also expected to follow.