We headed east, 30 minutes on the train from Taipei to a small industrial park in the outlying county. The company we're visiting has been out here for many years: it started small, making PCI brackets for graphics cards in the days when there were many graphics companies and few standards binding them together.
The front entrance to the factory + one very embarrassed receptionist.
With a solid start in business the company moved into aluminium PC cases in the late 90s, which is where most of us know its name from: Lian Li.
The company can now make between 600-1,000 cases a day, depending on the complexity and size of the case and manufactures a range that stretches from mini-ITX marvels to monstrous towers. We were told most of the staff have been with the company for '8-10 years', so if you've pretty much ever bought a Lian Li case, then chances are the people in the photos below will have personally handled, cut, bent, tested and built it!
The company was particularly adamant about one thing though - when it has a Lian Li name on the front, the product will be aluminium.
Lian Li's factory. Click to enlarge
Lian Li has a new factory currently under construction right across the road - the foundations were being laid as we visited. It's due to be completed next year and will expand Lian Li's production facilities.
The site for the new factory that's currently under construction.