Motorola, Flextronics in US$30B Strategic Alliance

SAN FRANCISCO (05/31/2000) - Motorola Inc. has entered into a five-year, US$30 billion outsourcing agreement with contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd., both companies said today in a statement.

With the pact, Motorola hopes to streamline its Communication Enterprise division's supply chain across several product lines, including wireless consumer devices, network equipment and set-top boxes, the companies said.

Singapore-based Flextronics will supply and manufacture components and units used in Motorola's wireless phones, two-way pagers and other communications devices. Flextronics will also provide Motorola's Communication Enterprise division with finished assemblies, plastics, backplanes, enclosures and engineering services.

As part of the agreement, Motorola will buy an equity instrument for an initial payment of $100 million. The instrument will be convertible into 11 million shares of Flextronics stock.

Motorola has made similar outsourcing arrangements for other segments of its business as the company tries to improve supply chain efficiencies and meet product demand, the vendor said.

Production will take place at Flextronics facilities in North and South America, in Western and Eastern Europe, and in Asia.

Motorola, in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be reached at +1-847-576-5000, or via the Web at Flextronics, in Singapore, can be reached via the World Wide Web at

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