Ivo Varganov, ROMMTECH-3S: We are opening new production facilities with modern equipment

LightingIndustrySouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 4/2014

Ivo Varganov, manager of ROMMTECH-3S

Could you describe briefly the company’s activities and production programme?
ROMMTECH-3S is a 100% private Dutch-Bulgarian joint venture established on 17 May 2007 by Intelligent Security Systems and Rommens Instrumenten-en Apparatenbouw B.V.

ROMMTECH-3S and ISS’s activities include the following: design, manufacturing and assembly of electronic devices, including SMT and TH mounting, animation and adjustment of printed circuit boards; production of small electromechanical devices (small cable harnesses); plastic (thermoplastic) pieces up to 1600g extrusion workshop; sheet steel pressing workshop and powder coating workshop.

According to you, which areas of application of lighting equipment offer the best potential for development at present?
LED lighting is becoming essential in other countries and it is quickly growing in Bulgaria. Therefore, our company decided to expand and improve its work in that area. Thanks to our vast experience in the production of electronic and electromechanical items the results weren’t long to come: we gained and continue gaining customers from Bulgaria, Western Europe and Russia.

We have appointed official agents in some countries. Right now, we are working on 2 different models for public use, trying to keep the price as low as possible while offering high quality and a 5-year warranty. This is made possible mainly owing to the high-quality components that we use: we have light-emitting diodes from renowned manufacturers such as Osram, Cree and Samsung, and power supply units from Tridonic, Osram and Meanwell.

A new branch in our production programme includes various highly efficient LED modules designed to be incorporated in any model of lighting fixtures. Most of them are compatible with the ZHAGA international standard, which is more and more widely used. Our advantage in the production of such modules is the use of the latest generation of LED from Samsung and Osram, thus making them extremely efficient and reliable. Just to give you an example, some of our modules reach efficiency of 160 Lm/W.

Have you got long-term plans for development and expansion of your production?
Our company has 8,000 square meters own facilities, of which 1,900 square meters modern production premises and offices. The production premises for electronic and electromechanical items are ESD-equipped and the products meet the requirements of the IPC-A-610 standard.

Recently, we invested in a new production facility of 7,000 square meters total surface, built and equipped according to the latest standards for electronic products. The whole building will be illuminated using 700 LED fixtures of our own production. As far as I know, this will be the first completely LED lighted building of that size in Bulgaria.

Owing to the LED lighting, and to state-of-the-art heating, air-conditioning and thermal insulation systems, we have gone far beyond the scope of the modern requirements for efficient and nature-friendly buildings. This year in August, the electronics production shall be transferred to the new building. In 2015, we have plans to introduce additional high-capacity facilities for PCB assembly, and in particular for LED.