Sanmina Acquires Alcatel's Manufacturing Operations in Richardson, Texas

Acquisition Expands Sanmina's World Class Engineering and Manufacturing

Services and Enables Alcatel to Focus on Bringing Customers the Latest


Aug 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sanmina Corporation

    SAN JOSE, Calif. and DALLAS, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ --
 Sanmina Corporation (Nasdaq:   SANM), a leading electronics contract
 manufacturer, and Alcatel (NYSE:   ALA), a leading global supplier of
 next-generation networks, today announced Sanmina has acquired Alcatel's
 manufacturing operations in Richardson, Texas.  Alcatel said in February 2001
 that it planned to divest this operation.
     Financial terms of the transaction, which includes a multi-year supply
 contract, were not disclosed.
     The advanced manufacturing operation in Richardson is ISO 9001 and
 TL 9000 certified and occupies facilities totaling approximately
 300,000 square feet.
     "We believe this transaction underscores our commitment to working closely
 with our customers," said Jure Sola, Sanmina's chairman and chief executive
 officer.  "For over 15 years, Alcatel has been a valued customer, and we are
 pleased that they have selected us as a strategic manufacturing partner.  We
 look forward to an expanded relationship and to providing this leading
 communications company with the superior products and services customers
 expect from Sanmina."
     "The planned acquisition of this operation expands our world-class
 manufacturing capabilities, supporting our strategic growth goals.  We now
 have over 60 global facilities providing our customers with cost efficient
 manufacturing solutions," concluded Sola.
     "This move is part of Alcatel's strategic effort to focus resources on
 new-product introduction and product integration," said Mike Quigley,
 president, Alcatel Americas.  "It will enable us to better focus our internal
 resources on providing the latest technology that our customers require."
     The divestiture also is expected to result in operational efficiencies for
 Alcatel that will improve cash flow and further strengthen its position in the
     About Sanmina
     Founded in 1980, Sanmina Corporation ( provides a
 cost-efficient, design and manufacturing solution to the world's leading
 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the communications, medical,
 industrial instrumentation, and high-end computer sectors.  Sanmina's
 end-to-end solution includes design engineering and product development, New
 Product Introduction, global materials management, PCB and backplane
 fabrication and assembly, custom memory and DSP modules, enclosure systems,
 cable assembly, complete system integration and test, global order fulfillment
 and distribution, and end-of-life product services.  OEMs benefit from this
 model by dealing with a single-source supply-chain and global supply-base,
 which helps them achieve cost efficiencies in material acquisition as well as
 flexibility to reduce lead times.
     About Alcatel
     Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end
 voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well
 as enterprises and consumers worldwide.  With 110,000 employees and sales of
 Euro 31 billion in 2000, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
 Information about Alcatel is available at .
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