Circuit board maker EE Technologies (EET) is planning to add a fifth production line at its Emplame, Sonora, Mexico, facility and adopt Lean techniques to help meet rising demand for its products.

The announcement for the new surface-mount technology line came soon after EET had completed an expansion and new equipment purchases at the Empalme plant, which had increased its capacity by 66 percent. The 22,000-square-foot expansion will allow EET to install new Lean features, such as a streamlined packaging and materials management center.

EET’s strategic plans for 2010 had included limited capital expenditure and growth, but because of strong demand for circuit boards in the improving economy, the company has experienced higher-then-expected growth.

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