SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean antenna manufacturer Intellian Technologies, a major supplier UK satellite broadband startup OneWeb, plans to build its second manufacturing facility by May 2022 to meet growing demand for low-earth orbit broadband user terminals.
Intelligent unveiled the plan on August 23, saying it will spend 30 billion won ($ 25.6 million) on the construction of the new factory near the company’s headquarters in the Jinwi industrial complex in Pyonegtaek, Gyeonggi province. Construction will begin in October, according to the company.
“Building the new factory is part of the effort to ensure a stable supply to OneWeb,” Intellian said in a statement. “We are seeing an increasing demand for low Earth orbit broadband user terminals as competition between satellite communications providers intensifies and their businesses grow faster than expected. “
The second plant, which is nearly 6,000 square meters in size, will house production lines of user terminals for broadband antennas and LEO gateways, according to the company. The first existing factory is located at the company’s headquarters.
When the second plant becomes operational, an Intellian official told SpaceNews, the combined production capacity of the two plants will be “about 2.5 times the current one.” The manager declined to give details.
Intellian is one of OneWeb’s leading antenna providers. Both signed three contracts since 2019 – in August 2021, March 2021 and December 2019 – with a combined value of nearly 113.4 billion won ($ 97 million).
In July, Intellian opened its European headquarters and logistics center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, underpinning its commitment to the European market. The company also contributed to the development of an electronically controlled user terminal the size of a briefcase called OW1, that OneWeb unveiled on August 24 during the 36e Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.