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Solectron Corporation
Type Public
Founded 1977
Headquarters Milpitas, California, USA
Key people Paul Tufano, Interim CEO
Industry Electronics Manufacturing Services, product design and after sales services
Products Consumer Electronics, Routers, Switches, TVs
Revenue $ 10.56 billion USD (2006) [2]
Employees 50 000+ [1]
Website www.solectron.com
Solectron headquarters in Milpitas
Solectron headquarters in Milpitas

Solectron Corporation (NYSE: SLR), is a global electronics manufacturing company for original equipment manufacturer (OEMs). It pioneered the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry in 1977 and is a leader in the field. Solectron’s first customer designed and distributed an electronic controller for solar energy equipment (“Solectron” is derived from combining the words “solar” and “electronics”).[3] On June 4th, 2007, Flextronics of Singapore announced it will be acquiring Solectron making it one of the largest contract manufacturers in the world. [4] Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California Country United States State California County Santa Clara Government  - Mayor Jose Joe Esteves Area  - City 13. ... Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) is term used for companies that design, test, manufacture, distribute and provide return/repair services for electronic component and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). ... For the tax agency in the United Kingdom of the same name, see HM Revenue and Customs. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1009 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Milpitas, California Solectron Categories: User-created public domain images ... Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 1009 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Milpitas, California Solectron Categories: User-created public domain images ... Milpitas is a city in Santa Clara County, California. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to a situation in which one company purchases a manufactured product from another company and resells the product as its own, usually as a part of a larger product it sells. ... Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) is term used for companies that design, test, manufacture, distribute and provide return/repair services for electronic component and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). ...



Solectron was established in 1977 to provide outsourced manufacturing services to third parties. Solectron founder, Roy Kusomoto, saw a larger opportunity emerging from the growing number of electronics companies in California's Silicon Valley. There was a need to provide printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) services – handling the manufacturing overflow from OEMs. Solectron recognized, early on, that when high-tech companies created innovative products, they had to produce and deliver those products much more quickly and efficiently than the competition. Solectron saw that its customers – OEMs – needed more than an extra pair of hands to assemble and manufacture printed circuit boards. They needed support along the entire product supply chain, from start to finish. [5] A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... High tech refers to technology that is at the cutting-edge—the most advanced technology currently available. ...

During the 1990s, as leading OEMs began to outsource more of their manufacturing functions to stay competitive with the rapidly changing market environment, Solectron’s business grew quickly. Solectron focused on improving assembly capabilities and investing in automation and state-of-the-art process technologies, building a strong foundation for future growth. For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Koichi Nishimura, Ph.D., who served the company as chairman of the board, president and CEO from 1988 until January 2003, played a key role in transforming Solectron from a regional entity into one of the world's largest EMS companies. Solectron won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award twice – in 1997 and in 1991 – after Nishimura instilled the rigorous certification criteria into the company's corporate culture and strategy. From the beginning, a focus on quality has pervaded every aspect of Solectron’s business – in part due to the pioneering efforts of Winston Chen, Ph.D., an early Solectron innovator, and a recognized crusader for manufacturing excellence. Solectron is the first company to win the Baldrige Award for manufacturing twice in the program’s history. EMS or Ems may refer to: // E. M. S. Namboodiripad, for many years General Secretary of the Communist Party of India and the first Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. ... The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is given by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. ...

Under the guidance of Michael R. Cannon, who was named president and chief executive officer in January 2003, Solectron continues as an industry leader. Formerly, Cannon was president, CEO and a director of Maxtor Corporation, a leading global supplier of hard disk drive storage products and solutions. With Cannon’s leadership, Solectron is building on its quality heritage and setting the standard in the EMS industry by implementing Lean Six Sigma operating principles, executing with greater precision and providing integrated supply chain services that deliver the best value to our customers. From a single manufacturing location in the early days to today's global manufacturing presence in Asia, Europe and the Americas (approximately 50 sites worldwide), Solectron now offers global manufacturing, supply chain management and product life cycle services to the world's leading technology companies. Maxtor Corporation NYSE: MXO was (as of December 2005) the worlds third-largest manufacturer of computer hard disk drives. ...

In 2007, Cannon announced his departure from Solectron and he will be joining Dell as their President of Global Operations. Solectron's Chief Financial Officer, Paul Tufano, has been named interim CEO while the company searches for a replacement. As of June 4th 2007, Solectron had been bought by Flextronics, the Singapore-based No. 1 U.S. contract electronics maker, for an estimated 3.6 billion dollars, in cash and stock, in a deal Solectron is calling a merger, but is in fact a buyout. Flextronics International Ltd. ...

Core Business

Solectron core business consist of designing, manufacturing products and providing after-sales services for OEMs. [6]

  • Computing and Storage – Mainframe computers, PCs and notebooks, point-of-sale systems, servers, storage systems and workstations.
  • Networking – Core and edge routers, core and edge Ethernet switches, DSL and cable broadband equipment, NICs and optical interconnect.
  • Telecommunications – Cellular infrastructure equipment, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment, IP PBX, wireless and wireline Broadband infrastructure, optical networking equipment and DSLAMS.
  • Markets Automotive – ABS and airbag control modules, car audio and navigation systems, engine and ignition control modules, telematics, HVAC units and body electronics.
  • Consumer – Handheld devices (MP3 players, mobile handsets, GPS), video game systems, PDAs, personal video recorders and digital set-top boxes.
  • Industrial – Process automation equipment, test and measurement instruments, security systems, semiconductor fabrication equipment controls and handheld instruments.
  • Medical – X-ray equipment, ultrasound equipment, fetal monitors, MRI scanners, blood analyzers and surgical robotic systems.
  • Field Services - Solectron also holds direct contracts with large companies, providing an end user defect exchange solution for electronic units in the field.
  • Aftermarket services - warranty management, parts management and logistics, forward and reverse logistics, fast repair and return, asset recovery and remarketing.

Customer Awards


  • Stratus Technologies Supplier Excellence Award
  • Sun Microsystems, Inc. Best-in-Class Supplier


  • Cisco Systems, Inc. Supplier of the Year Award
  • Teradyne Inc. Supplier Recognition Award


  • Asyst Technologies Distinguished Supplier Award
  • Eastman Kodak Most Improved Supplier Award
  • SGI (Silicon Graphics) Outstanding Supplier Award
  • Spirent Supplier of the Year Award
  • Stratus Technologies Supplier Excellence Award
  • Teradata/NCR Supplier Excellence Award


  • Cisco Systems, Inc. Transformation and Integration Supplier of the Year Award
  • Sun Microsystems Meritorious Supplier Performance Award


  • Stratus Technologies Supplier Excellence Award
  • Sun Microsystems “Best-in-Class” Supplier Performance Award for Electronics Manufacturing
  • Teradata Supplier Excellence Award
  • Brocade Brocade CEO Award


  • Dell Inc. Supplier of the Year
  • Sun Microsystems "Best-in-Class" Supplier Performance Award for Electronics Manufacturing

Business Awards

  • September 2005 Solectron’s West Columbia, S.C., facility was recognized as one of the 10 Best Plants in North America, by IndustryWeek.
  • November 2000 Solectron's North Carolina facility located in the city of Charlotte was recognized and awarded the Electronics Company of the Year Award and the Corporate Citizenship Award from the North Carolina Electronics & Information Technologies Association (NCEITA).


  1. ^ http://www.solectron.com/about/company_landing.htm
  2. ^ http://finance.google.com/finance?q=SLR
  3. ^ http://www.solectron.com/about/history.htm
  4. ^ http://finance.google.com/finance?q=SLR
  5. ^ http://www.solectron.com/about/history.htm
  6. ^ http://www.solectron.com/about/company_landing.htm

External links

  • Solectron Corporate Web site

  Results from FactBites:
Baldrige Award Recipients--Solectron Corporation (1991) (1066 words)
Solectron operates one of the world's largest surface mount facilities for the assembly of complex printed circuit boards and subsystems.
Solectron has a team-focused approach to employee involvement, which relies on training and mentorship to overcome barriers due to a multilingual work force composed of workers from over 20 cultures.
Solectron's quality improvement efforts are paying off, as indicated by its chief indicator: "customer satisfaction." It has won 37 superior performance awards over the last 10 years, 10of those in 1990.
Sample Contracts - Purchase and Manufacturing Services Agreement - NCR Corp. and Solectron Corp. - Competitive ... (13911 words)
Solectron also agrees to use its commercially reasonable efforts to procure for NCR and its software reproducer, a similar license to Software supplied to NCR by Solectron in connection with the Products which Software is not authored by Solectron and will notify NCR if Solectron is unable to procure such a license.
Solectron shall also reimburse NCR for any penalties, late fees, finance charges or other payments NCR must make to the extent such payments are caused by Solectron failure to comply with this Section.
Solectron will package parts individually in a protective package that is suitable for individual distribution, labeled and barcoded as described in the NCR Supplier Guide, hereby incorporated by reference and provided to Solectron under separate cover.
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