The company assists in product design, manufacturing, repair and fulfillment with a strong focus on quality utilizing the Six Sigma process. Solectron has a manufacturing presence in North America, Asia and Europe.
In addition to electronics companies, Solectron is active in the automotive, communications, computing, industrial and medical industries.
In fiscal 2004, Solectron had sales of $11.64 billion and a loss of $168.9 million.
The company has 57,000 employees, including 15,000 who are temporary.
In 1977, solar power was booming. Solectron founder Roy Kusomoto saw an immediate opportunity to capitalize on this growth by manufacturing solar energy products. (Hence, the Solectron name: a combination of "solar" and "electronics.") From the very beginning, the focus on quality pervaded every aspect of our business largely thanks to the pioneering efforts of Winston Chen, Ph.D., one of the early Solectron innovators, and a recognized crusader for manufacturing excellence.
Solectron first designed and distributed an electronic controller for solar energy equipment, it wasn't long before the company uncovered another potentially larger opportunity emerging among the growing circle of electronics companies in California's burgeoning Silicon Valley. It was the need to provide printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) services handling the manufacturing overflow from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The company grew quickly in the 1990s as technology firms looked to outsource their manufacturing functions to stay competitive and cut costs.
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Updated August 20, 2005