KAPSYS, the leading global provider of mobility and communication solutions for the visually impaired, has moved its entire production back to France, in partnership with the global EMS BMS Circuits based in Bayonne, thus becoming 100% Made in France. A unique initiative in the telecoms sector as KAPSYS is now the only company that develops and manufactures smartphones in France.
While most French smartphone companies settle for design management in France, entrusting Asian subcontractors with manufacturing, rare are those who choose to manufacture in France. This strategic choice offers KAPSYS total control over the design, development and manufacturing of its range of products. Relocating in the South-West of France will facilitate communication with the production unit, thanks to a faster and simplified supply chain management. This geographical proximity will also enable KAPSYS to offer its customers more flexibility and responsiveness.
“Historically, BMS Circuits, a major actor in electronic manufacturing (small and medium volumes), was Sagemcom’s mobile phone manufacturing plant (with the GSM-R)”, explains Thomas COCQUEMPOT, the site Director. “We are currently the only plant that still produces mobile phones in France, such as those dedicated to railway companies’ specific networks, which we deliver worldwide. We have also produced Coyote’s adaptive driving aids for the past few years. ». A key argument, that reassured KAPSYS was the impressive production capacity and the quality of the products produced at the site.
« The production unit that supports us is based in Bayonne and is fully qualified to answer our specific needs in terms of smart- phone manufacturing », adds Aram HEKIMIAN, the founder of KAPSYS. « We are very proud to be entitled to place the ‘’Made in France’’ label on our products ».< Since 2010 KAPSYS’ production was based in Shenzhen, China for the KAPTEN MOBILITY products. This mobile phone’s vocal browser helps the visually impaired as they travel around./p>
KAPSYS in a niche market
To escape the head-on competition of major brands, KAPSYS has been exclusively positioned in niche markets since its inception they serve the visually impaired and the elderly. A potential market of approximately one billion people, on which KAPSYS aims at reaching the highest possible number, thanks to ever more innovative products that meet the users’ needs. « We are the only French actor in the market, explains Aram HEKIMIAN, and we expect to reach a new milestone in 2017 with our new 100% Made in France smartphone, that will be launched in the next few months ».