SMTC Announces Manufacturing Partnership with Vocera Communications, Inc.

Oct 12, 2010, 12:00 ET from SMTC Corporation

SMTC Facilities in San Jose California and Chihuahua Mexico to Provide Complete Product Life Cycle Support

TORONTO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTX, TSX: SMX) ("SMTC"), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, announced today the commencement of a manufacturing relationship with Vocera Communications, Inc.

Vocera is a leading provider of hands-free, wearable, voice-controlled communication badges, smartphones, and other wireless devices. The Vocera wireless communication system provides hands-free, voice communication for use in 802.11b/g networked facilities with key applications in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

SMTC began manufacturing the Vocera communications badge at their Chihuahua, Mexico facility in the third quarter and expects to achieve full production volumes during the first quarter of 2011.

Vocera will leverage SMTC's regional manufacturing footprint in San Jose, California to support the development and introduction of their next generation communication badge prior to transitioning the product to SMTC's lower-cost production facility in Chihuahua, Mexico.

"Vocera is pleased to select SMTC as our manufacturing partner, and we look forward to leveraging their advanced manufacturing services, especially their early supplier involvement capabilities, as we develop our next-generation product lines." said James Blastos, Vice President of Operations, Vocera Communication Inc. "We are confident SMTC has the technical capabilities, capacity, and the global presence to help us reduce our time to market, provide a unique competitive advantage and grow our business."

SMTC facilities deploy a "Copy Exact" framework which leverages common SMD placement and test equipment along with standardized manufacturing and product data management software systems and manufacturing processes to ensure seamless, timely and cost effective production transfers.

"We are truly delighted to be selected by Vocera as the manufacturing partner for their innovative wireless communication systems." said John Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer for SMTC. "We look forward to supporting Vocera's future product line expansion through our regional manufacturing location in San Jose while supporting Vocera's objectives in achieving market growth and financial performance through our low cost manufacturing operation in Mexico."

About SMTC: SMTC Corporation, founded in 1985, is a mid-size provider of end-to-end electronics manufacturing services (EMS) including PCBA production, systems integration and comprehensive testing services, enclosure fabrication, as well as product design, sustaining engineering and supply chain management services. SMTC's ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 facilities span a broad footprint in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and a partnering relationship in China, with over 1,500 full time employees. SMTC services extend over the entire electronic product life cycle from the development and introduction of new products through to the growth, maturity and end-of-life phases. SMTC offers fully integrated contract manufacturing services with a distinctive approach to global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and emerging technology companies primarily within industrial, computing and communication market segments.

SMTC is a public company incorporated in Delaware with its shares traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol SMTX and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SMX. For further information on SMTC Corporation, please visit our website at (

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