Solectron Corporation

Solectron Corporation

March 08, 2005 08:36 ET

Asyst Awards Solectron 2004 Distinguished Supplier Award


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NYSE SYMBOL: SLR

MARCH 8, 2005 - 08:36 ET

Asyst Awards Solectron 2004 Distinguished Supplier
Award

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - Solectron
Corporation (NYSE:SLR), a leading provider of electronics manufacturing
and integrated supply chain services, said today its Shinei subsidiary
was awarded the Distinguished Supplier Award for 2004 by Asyst
Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASYT) for its Singapore system-integration
operations. This award recognizes the special arrangements Shinei put in
place, including utilizing cleanroom facilities, to meet the company's
requirements to manufacture its semiconductor manufacturing equipment,
such as Asyst's new 300mm wafer handling solution, the Spartan™
Sorter.

"When we first contemplated outsourcing our predominantly
electro-mechanical products, we searched for a manufacturing partner
that would not only reduce the costs of producing our circuit boards and
perform system integration but someone we could trust and with whom to
develop a win-win relationship," Tom Leitzke, Asyst vice president of
Operations. "With Solectron's emphasis on Lean manufacturing to reduce
waste in the production process and its Six Sigma system to increase
quality, our products are getting to market faster and at higher yields
than ever."

As an example of the Asyst-Solectron partnership, for the Spartan
Sorter, Shinei integrates printed circuit board assemblies into sorter
chassis in a state-of-the-art cleanroom, ensuring contaminants dangerous
to semiconductor manufacturing are minimized. As the relationship has
blossomed, the two companies are working ever more closely as a team.

"Entering the semiconductor capital equipment market was a pioneering
step for Solectron," said Kian Meftah, Solectron's western segment
executive, Industrial. "Many industry observers said systems of this
complexity could not be successfully outsourced to an EMS provider.
However, we have demonstrated otherwise, as evidenced by Asyst's
long-term agreement with Solectron. Together, Asyst and Solectron are
ready to provide the next generation of equipment for the semiconductor
industry's move toward more automation and 300mm wafers."

About Asyst Technologies

Asyst Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated automation
solutions that enable semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD)
manufacturers to increase their manufacturing productivity and protect
their investments in materials during the manufacturing process.
Encompassing isolation systems, work-in-process materials management,
substrate-handling robotics, automated transport and loading systems and
connectivity automation software, Asyst's modular, interoperable
solutions allow chip and FPD manufacturers, as well as original
equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, to select and employ the
value-assured, hands-off manufacturing capabilities that best suit their
needs. Asyst's homepage is http://www.asyst.com.

About Solectron

Solectron (www.solectron.com) provides a full range of worldwide
manufacturing and integrated supply chain services to the world's
premier high-tech electronics companies. Solectron's offerings include
new-product design and introduction services, materials management,
product manufacturing and product warranty and end-of-life support. The
company is based in Milpitas, Calif., and had sales from continuing
operations of $11.64 billion in fiscal 2004.

"Asyst" is a registered trademark of Asyst Technologies, Inc. "Spartan"
is a trademark of Asyst Technologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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