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Flextronics Opens Expanded Product Information Center in Milpitas, California

Area Development Online News Desk (01/17/2014)
Flextronics opened the company's expanded $40 million Silicon Valley Product Innovation Center in Milpitas, California.

"We have invested more than $40 million dollars to date in this 600,000 square-foot campus that supports major industries in bringing innovative products to market rapidly in a confidential environment," said Mike McNamara, CEO of Flextronics. "Our investment in this facility underscores our commitment to our customers' success and providing end to end supply chain solutions that enable and scale innovation."

"Flextronics' Silicon Valley Product Innovation Center has provided us with best-in-class, end-to-end supply chain capabilities. The ability to rapidly source material and build both PCBA and enclosure prototypes is a tremendous benefit to helping us achieve operational excellence," said Vonnie French, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Palo Alto Networks.

The Center has advanced 3D plastic printing, Surface Mount Technology, X-ray and test equipment to support major industries in bringing innovative products to market rapidly. The company said Flextronics also has dedicated customer-confidential work spaces that include increased security and restricted access to protect its Original Equipment Manufacturer customer's intellectual property and confidentiality of new products being launched.

The Company’s enhanced Innovation Center, includes the modernization of all production line equipment, addition of 3D metal printing and development of a workspace for Lab IX, Flextronics' new startup accelerator program.

In addition, Lab IX is working with the next generation of hardware startup companies and innovators, helping them take their disruptive technologies from prototype to manufacturing. Flextronics has also enhanced the Center's microelectronics packaging and assembly process technologies. The firm created a reliability and failure analysis lab and a dedicated automation applications team. Its new co-innovation lab, organized around technology convergence trends, leverages the latest technologies, platforms and components to help Flextronics customers rapidly innovate and design products from concept to mass production, frequently exceeding their time-to-market expectations, the company said.

"GO-Biz is excited that Flextronics is continuing their statewide expansion further bolstering their operation base in California," said Deputy Director of the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development Leslie McBride. "Our team will continue to work with Flextronics during their expansion and GO-Biz looks forward to helping this world leading company grow in the Golden State."

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