We dropped in to see In-Win as part of our usual tour of key manufacturers before Computex, and we were invited around its factories in Taoyuan, Taipei County. They're right next to In-Win's headquarters (the latest one is literally next door to the main office!) and we were keen to have a nose around to see how its PC cases are manufactured.
In-Win explained to bit-tech that as a traditional Taiwanese company, it not only takes part in the cultural and religious practices of the region, but it also strongly believes in supporting the local economy and people by building its factories in Taiwan, rather than farming the labour out to other areas that might be cheaper. While it still designs and manufactures its own PSUs for cases and OEM products, its retail power supplies are manufactured by another company, whose factories are all based in China, although in future it is endeavoring to design and make its own.
PR-spin aside we got on with our tour of the chassis factory, snapping all manner of pictures as we went along - check them out below and feel free to discuss everything in the forums.
In-Win's head offices are can be seen in the picture on the left, while on the right is the new chassis factory that we were so keen to see the inside of. The factory is so new in fact that it isn't even furnished or fully decorated yet and the building doesn't even have a company logo on the front of the building yet!
The factory floor is massive - this is just the entrance where the deliveries and raw materials are stored, with the manufacturing lines behind and reference plates for all the cases to the right from floor to ceiling. In the UK a factory building of this side would be cold and draughty, but the warm Taoyuan meant it was actually quite balmy during our visit!
Most of the raw materials that InWin handles are huge steel sheets obviously and in these pictures you can see how they've been cut down to size and stacked into monstrously heavy piles at this end of the factory. The amount of metal being stored here is actually quite breathtaking!
Steel sheet squares stacked up and ready to be used after having been cut to the size of a case side or ATX tray in preparation for stamping and fine-cutting. In the right-hand picture above are the production lines heading towards the back of the factory floor in the distance.