1999 - Bluechips Established in Thailand
2008 - Bluechips Exhibits
2015 - Production Begins in New Factory
Bluechips Microhouse Co., Ltd. was given formal approval by the Thailand Board of Investment in November and was established in Lamphun, Thailand by Mr. Thomas Zimpfer.
Production officially began in March when the first customers start to trust Bluechips with the production of their electronic products.
Bluechips received official ISO9001:2000 certification to reflect the early growth of the company as well as our commitment to optimising our production processes.
2005 saw many improvements in our machinery with a new reflow oven, pick and place machine and milling machine increasing our capabilities substantially. In particular, Bluechips began to offer full housing manufacturing as part of our service.
Bluechips improved our processes by investing significantly into new machinery and software. LabVIEW and SolidWorks were implemented as well as several new wave soldering machines. This improvement was reflected in our ISO9001 re-certification.
SAP went live at the start of the year to streamline our internal processes. Bluechips also introduced mold design and analysis, Automatic Optical Inspection and Rapid Prototyping to our service. Our experience in the HMI industry was reflected in the first offering of our own touch screen product.
Our continual investment in machinery and technology continued with the acquisition of further soldering, welding, flow and SMT machines. In-circuit functional testing was included in our service.
Bluechips exhibited at our first SPS IPC trade show in Nuremberg, which we have attended every year since.
In our tenth year of operations, our self-improvement continued with the company being awarded ISO14001 certification, highlighting our commitment to environmentally friendly production.
Bluechips investd in laser marking and bonding machines further ensuring that the company can provide products to our customers from consultation to delivery.
After a thorough design process, the official ground-breaking for our new factory took place towards the end of the year – signaling a new era of growth for Bluechips.
The XD7500NT x-ray machine was purchased so that Bluechips can further improve our testing processes.
Bluechips invested in further automatic coding, die-bonding, vapour and SMD machinery.
A high volume of new customers lead the company to establishing a designated New Product Introduction department to specialise in the transition from R&D to mass production.
Factory approval was granted for our new facility to begin production and our manufacturing equipment was moved to our new facility in Chiang Mai.
We hosted the official Grand Opening of our new headquarters and celebrated the occasion with many customers, supplier and friends of the company.
Our first full year in the new factory marked several important milestones for the company; not least in the three official accreditations granted.
Firstly, the company was granted ESD accreditation for our entire factory floor minimising the risk of any electrostatic damage to the products we manufacture.
We were also granted SA8000 certification, meaning we provide a quality work environment for our talented team.
Towards the end of the year we also took the significant step of entering the market of medical devices with the acquisition of both the ISO13485 certificate and of several customers in the industry.
Bluechips invested in a new, permanent international sales office in Lörrach, Germany where our sales team can interact more closely with many of our customers.
A new Fuji SMT line was set up vastly increasing our production capacity and capabilities. A full cable line was moved to our Chiang Mai facility to enable faster production for our full-product solutions.
The start of 2019 saw Bluechips celebrate our 20th year of operations as well as the opening of our canteen and training centre.
2020 saw Bluechips grow substantially in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. Significant investments included a new Fuji SMT line, wave soldering ovens and a substantial refit of our Lamphun facility to accommodate our new, in-house powder coating and plastic injection machinery.
Further growth in revenue with new and existing customers has fuelled more investment into every area of our service offering. New Kardex machines have been installed for material management improvements, a further Fuji SMT line has been implemented and we have tripled our plastic injection moulding capacity in the first half of the year. In spite of global economic strife, Bluechips has grown our team to upwards of 450 people.
Business projections remain very favourable for Bluechips, for which we are truly grateful. In order to repay the vote of confidence in our customers, our investment plan has been adjusted accordingly to increase capacity, efficiency and quality. Coming out of the global pandemic in a better position to serve our customers remains our highest priority.