Kontron, TFS form strategic manufacturing alliance

Tempe, AZ—Three-Five Systems (TFS) Inc. recently agreed to manufacture, assemble and test a variety of Kontron America’s printed circuit board (PCB) products for multiple locations worldwide.

02/10/2004


 

Tempe, AZ— Three-Five Systems (TFS) Inc. recently agreed to manufacture, assemble and test a variety of Kontron America ’s printed circuit board (PCB) products for multiple locations worldwide. TFS also reported that Kontron already has placed its first order under the agreement.

 

Kontron reports that it’s the world's largest producer of embedded computer technology (ECT), primarily single-board computing devices. The company serves OEM customers in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. Kontron is a member of the Intel Communication Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers that work closely with Intel Corporation on new product development, prototypes and reference designs.

 

'This manufacturing agreement represents a great opportunity for Kontron and TFS, and it will ultimately provide strategic benefits to all of our respective customers,” says Thomas Sparrvik, Kontron’s president and CEO. “Initially, we will look to TFS to bolster our own manufacturing capabilities by providing us with manufacturing and supply chain management support from its facility in Penang, Malaysia. TFS' strong presence in the U.S. and in Asia will provide local support for our U.S. based operations and will complement our own strength in Europe.'

 

Under the agreement, TFS will produce products for multiple Kontron customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Initially, TFS will manufacture Kontron's printed circuit board (PCB) products at its Penang facility, which was originally built by Intel to produce motherboards for Intel's PC products. Acquired by TFS in 2003, the Penang operation has been audited and approved by current and previous customers, including IBM, Dell, and HP/Compaq.

 

Jack Saltich, TFS’ president and CEO, adds that, 'Longer term, we see tremendous opportunities by jointly pursuing specific product applications that will draw on the expertise of both TFS and Kontron. There are numerous products on the market today, and other products being developed, which contain embedded computers and displays. By teaming up, TFS and Kontron can offer customers expertise in both areas, with a global footprint that assures world-class design, manufacturing, quality and cost-efficiency. Together, we have already identified, and are pursuing several potential new customers that would benefit from the combination of TFS' know-how in display module design and manufacturing and Kontron's ECT capability.'

 

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com

 



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