The AOZOOM factory at Guangzhou is nothing like I imagined. In January I had a chance to visit their AOZOOM plant. This trip gave me a much better and very different impression. Sure, the factory is located in an industrial park, occupy around 2000 square meter, surrounded by other factories here. Here you can find other famous company manufacturing plant in the same industry park, including NHK, Auxbeam, Nighteye, and so on. The Aozoom manufacturing plant has 3 main building, different workshop are separately in the buildings, and it surrounds one of the most Chinese renowned manufacturers for automotive retrofitting products.
Walk to the manicured lawns and whimsical paths, and boom, there it is the AOZOOM’s Guangzhou factory. Aozoom also has a factory in Changzhou, Jiangsu. Those two factories improve the capability of supplying automobile lighting products to Auto manufacturers and aftersales upgrading industry in China or overseas. In China area, Aozoom owns more than 2000 individual auto lighting franchise stores, and over 10 overseas country-level distributors.
The FACTORY includes the SMT center, the manual assembly workshop, the innovation laboratory, the product aging room, ect, but my visit focused on the engine and final assembly lines. There are around 200 employees in the plant, half of staffs are man. The factory was squeakily clean. In Aozoom, the white uniforms were actually white! It was much more organized and seemed to have much less material. The different shifts and functions were indicated by pins and labels on the sleeves and caps.
AOZOOM does not stop the line in case of problems. Aozoom has complete product development, production and sales system. All quality issues continued to be assembled and moved through the lines to be sorted out at the end. These issues were fixed in a separate repair area. The Aozoom factory is equipped with 100K Grade Dustproof production lines, and Machines from Japan and Germany. All the production process, quality control, new product development are carried out by the IS09001:2008 and TS16949:2016.
This repair area was about half as large as the entire line. When I visited, there were about sixty projectors in the repair area or around two hours’ worth of production, Altogether, the repair area was the most chaotic section of an otherwise reasonably well-organized plant. Over 60 Patents for innovation and appearances is what Aozoom has achieved over the years hard and dedicated work, and it was rewarded the China Top 10 Auto lighting Brands and the Top 5 Auto HID projector Lighting Brands, and the Pacific Auto Yearly Recommended Brand. Through the fine production process, brand networking system, and reliable quality, Aozoom was reputed by the customer from America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and South Asia.
So, overall I did like the plant. It is clean, and they put a and material supply. All products are in stock and follow the 24 hours shipment rules. Now if they could only get the remaining information flow right and install ad dons and stop the line when there is a problem. Also many thanks to AOZOOM for allowing me to visit and observe their plant. In both cases, I got a very personalized tour, and the tour guides were able to accommodate the special requests of curious me to see this and see that. I learned a lot and got quite a few ideas especially from AOZOOM.