Who We Are

Critical Manufacturing empowers high-performance operations making Industry 4.0 a reality for all manufacturers worldwide with the most innovative, comprehensive and modular MES.

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Who We Are

Critical Manufacturing empowers high-performance operations making Industry 4.0 a reality for all manufacturers worldwide with the most innovative, comprehensive and modular MES.

Contact us

About Critical Manufacturing

Critical Manufacturing is dedicated to empowering manufacturers of complex, high tech discrete products with a manufacturing execution and intelligence system to achieve their goals. It’s ready for a data driven future and scales to operations, gives clear insight and guidance on any desktop or mobile device, drives visibility of global production and its costs across your supply chain, and it integrates seamlessly with enterprise systems and factory automation.
As a result, our customers are Industry 4.0 ready. They can compete effectively and profitably by easily adapting their operations to changes in demand, opportunity, or requirements, anywhere, at any time.

A global company

Critical Manufacturing’s success is rooted in the inspiration of an experienced team of internationally renowned industry experts. With headquarters and main technical center in Porto (Maia), Portugal, our growth has inspired the establishment of additional subsidiaries in Dresden, (Germany), Suzhou (China), Penang (Malaysia), Tijuana (Mexico), Georgia (USA) and a branch office in Taiwan.

We are part of ASMPT

Since 2018, Critical Manufacturing is a subsidiary of ASMPT.

As a global technology and market leader, ASMPT develops and provides leading edge solutions and materials for the semiconductor assembly and packaging industries. Its surface mount technology solutions are deployed in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile communications, automotive, industrial, LED and alternative energy.
The strategic investment in Critical Manufacturing was put in place to accelerate ASMPT’s efforts to build a portfolio of Industry 4.0 solutions and boost ASMPT’s software competence in enabling smart factories.

“We want to focus more on comprehensive software solutions to help customers improve their quality, flexibility and efficiency with smart factories. Initiatives like The Hermes Standard and ADAMOS already represent major steps in this direction, but we want to speed up our integration and smart manufacturing capabilities and extend our reach beyond hardware solutions.”

Günter Lauber ASMPT Group Strategy and Digitalization Officer

Vision & Mission


We make Industry 4.0 a reality for all manufacturers.


We drive business value through the convergence of intelligence, operations, and automation technologies for Industry 4.0.



We constantly exceed our customers’ expectations through the most efficient and high-value-added manufacturing solutions.


We continuously adapt our people, processes, and solutions to respond to the evolving world of high-tech manufacturing.


We champion the continued success of our customers and our company. We consistently conduct business with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Our people

Yet Critical Manufacturing is not just about a few key people. Our staff has been carefully recruited to apply their extensive experience in IT technologies, architecture and development processes in the context of advanced manufacturing environments. The full team embraces the challenge of making Critical Manufacturing the premier solution provider for high-tech manufacturing.

It’s the vision, talent and commitment of our staff that drives the success.

Behind every product or solution is a team of smart, ambitious, highly motivated self-starters, to provide our customers the best experience.

Our history

Founded in 2009 by four highly experienced manufacturing software entrepreneurs, Critical Manufacturing has quickly gained a relevant position in MES market, counting with top performer manufacturers as customers.


    Founders of Critical Manufacturing

  • The company was founded by Critical Software and a group of individual persons with experience in semiconductor manufacturing.

    Incorporation took place in Coimbra, Portugal, in April 2009.


    cmNavigo cake

  • The first version of the MES product was officially released in late 2010. The product was called cmNavigo, as a tribute to the Portuguese navigators.

  • Fortune 500

  • The product was built specifically for high-tech complex manufacturing operations. In 2011, it was deployed into the first Fortune 500 company in USA.

  • Gartner

    Gartner logo

  • The analyst community quickly realized the potential of Critical Manufacturing’s MES. In 2012, Gartner recognized it for the first time in their Top 30 MES Systems.


  • As the number of customers increased, the team quickly expanded. The company hired its 100th employee in 2015.


  • The advantages of Critical Manufacturing’s MES are further enhanced when deployed into multiple facilities. The first contract for over 30 plants was awarded in 2017.


    ASM PT HQ building

  • ASMPT, a leading integrated solutions provider in the Semiconductor and Electronics industries, makes a strategic investment in Critical Manufacturing, which becomes part of a 2B$+ business.


    SKT photo of all employees

  • Critical Manufacturing continues its worldwide expansion and acquires SKT MAX, an MES provider from Shenzhen, China, specialized in SMT.


    Gartner Magic Quadrant 2021 for MES

  • Critical Manufacturing is named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for MES and a month later scores highest in 3 out of 4 use cases in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for MES Report.


Certifications are the recognition of Critical Manufacturing’s leadership position in providing innovative, high value-added solutions through state-of-the-art technology and strong manufacturing know-how.

The following are some of the most relevant certifications:

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