FEBRUARY 5, 2009 -- JDSU (search for JDSU) has signed a definitive agreement with electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Sanmina-SCI Corp. (search for Sanmina-SCI) for the manufacturing of JDSU products. Per the agreement, Sanmina-SCI will acquire certain manufacturing assets, inventories, and employees related to JDSU's operations in Shenzhen, China. The agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. JDSU and Sanmina-SCI anticipate the transaction to close before April 6, 2009.
As part of the agreement, Sanmina-SCI says it will build on the strong capabilities of JDSU's Shenzhen operations to offer the world's leading telecommunications companies access to cutting-edge new product introduction (NPI) and manufacturing services for advanced optical products. The seamless transfer of a well-trained and skilled organization will allow Sanmina-SCI to produce and deliver orders without any interruption to JDSU and its customers, say the companies.
JDSU says it will continue to maintain corporate functions and product development in the region.
"The new partnership represents an important part of JDSU's manufacturing strategy to leverage the skills of world-class EMS partners like Sanmina-SCI for products and services where possible, while retaining key elements internally that provide a unique advantage to JDSU," explains Alan Lowe, president of the
Communications and Commercial Optical Products business segment at JDSU. "Working with a leader like Sanmina-SCI provides JDSU with the flexibility to best support our customers and ensure joint success in today's economic climate."
"We are pleased to partner with JDSU, a recognized optical communications leader," adds Hari Pillai, president and chief operating officer at Sanmina-SCI. "This collaboration fulfills our long-term strategic goal to expand and solidify our position in this field. The combination of our current capabilities and the expertise of the Shenzhen team will give Sanmina-SCI the strongest optical
assembly and test resources of any major EMS company," notes Pillai.