This editor was invited to tour one of Kingstonâ€™s five factories, their world headquarters in Fountain Valley, California earlier this month. Here is the account of the visit. We were not allowed to take any video and our still shots were limited to production of RAM and flash drives. Kingston is quite sensitive about security and goes to great length to protect their intellectual property and the privacy of their customers â€“ some of which are major OEMs that would prefer you to think they use their â€œownâ€ memory. Part of Kingstonâ€™s incredible increase in sales to over 6.5 billion dollars last year came from massive OEM orders; OEMs who find that Kingston can produce quality RAM for cheaper than they can.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the worldâ€™s independent memory leader. Many people think that it is a small company. It is not. Perhaps the Kingston website gives that impression. They manufacture system-specific memory for OEMs including Dell, they have their own branded ValueRAM and enthusiast HyperX RAM, and they specialize in all kinds of flash drives including a value-SSDNow series that uses theToshiba Micron controller that is excellent bang-for-buck for corporate users and for those wishing for a better computing experience over the relatively slow mechanical hard drive disk (HDD).
A look behind the scenes