When Delta Electronics first arrived in Brabant, its ambition was to grow to a dozen people. Nearly 15 years later, its Eindhoven branch has far surpassed that goal. Recently, the Taiwanese company kicked off the construction of a new building at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. “We want to play a leading role in the development of smart city solutions, and here we will have all the ingredients to make it work.”
Founded in 1971 in Taipei, Delta Electronics is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions. The company has a wide range of products and operates across many industries. To give an example, it’s the world’s largest provider of switching power supplies and cooling fans for TVs and laptops. But it also develops inverters for solar panels, and industrial computers (PLCs) used to control water supply pumps, parking gates and manufacturing machines.
With all these activities, what’s the best way to describe Delta? It doesn’t take long for Tim Lee, General Manager of the Industrial Automation business group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), to come up with the answer. “We use our competencies in power electronics and automation to provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow. This mission drives everything we do.”
Delta has ambitious expansion plans for Brabant. In the fall of 2019, it celebrated the groundbreaking for its new office building at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. The 4,050 square-meter (43,500 square foot) building - more than triple the size of the current location in Eindhoven – can hold up to 150 people. Apart from Industrial Automation, the site will also support other business groups including Automotive Electronics.
In Helmond, the company will play an active role in the local ecosystem. At the Automotive Campus, more than 1,250 people focus on developing mobility solutions for the future. “This really fits in with Delta’s bigger vision to develop IoT-based solutions to drive energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in cities around world,” Lee said. “We look forward to working with other companies located on or near the campus to test and develop new applications and technologies.”
Green mobility test lab
A good example is the green mobility test lab that will be developed next to its new building. Delta will use the 1,300 square-meter parking area to test its electric-vehicle charging solutions together with other companies at the campus.
In addition, Lee is very excited about the prospect of working together with the technical universities in the area: “There are 600 students at the Helmond campus. Summa College’s engineering program will be right next door. The Eindhoven University of Technology and the automation faculty of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences are also very nearby - and Aachen University is just across the border with Germany.”
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