Melexis is a Belgian leading manufacturer of advanced mixed signal semiconductors, sensor ICs, and programmable sensor IC systems. It is present in 12 countries around the world. In Bulgaria, the company exists as Melexis Bulgaria and was established in 2000. Their scope of activities includes microelectronic component manufacturing, sensors, ICs for the automotive industry. Melexis Bulgaria ICs are used in the vehicles of companies like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, VW, Suzuki, Toyota, GM, and Ford.
When it was first established in Bulgaria, Melexis only had a R&D group of 50 professionals developing chips. Back then, the decision for entry was based upon the region’s history in the electronic and microelectronic fields, as well as the existing workforce of professionals with years of gained experience, knowledge and know-how. Financial parameters such as the cost of operations and the competitiveness of the labour market also were considered and supported the decision.
Melexis’s location in Sofia has succeeded in combining the local talent with global business needs in a way that allows the team to develop innovative products for global customers. At the same time, strong local experts also have an important or even unique roles within the company’s business. The two core businesses of Melexis - research & deve-lopment and manufacturing (in the sense of testing chips) - are both active in the Sofia plant, which gives an opportunity to grow on an yearly basis, state company representatives.
"Locally, the team has developed several key product families with an established, strong know-how. We are following the trend of the growing automotive market for applications related to comfort, safety, greener vehicles, replacing the communication from cables to LIN, etc. Over the last years we have recruited professionals and engineers to pursue the global trend for growth, and have completed orders for 10 different nations from our site in Sofia", adds the company website.
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