Flextronics and Cal Poly University Sponsor and Develop New Educational Web Site

SINGAPORE and SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Flextronics (Nasdaq: FLEX) and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) have teamed up to sponsor and develop an educational Web site that explores the manufacturing of electronic products at http://www.flextech101.com .

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    The goal of the educational Web site, which features information and over a dozen video segments, provides students and professionals with an overview of critical electronic manufacturing issues and processes. Complex issues such as design, prototyping and the manufacturing of electronic products are explored in an effort to educate students and professionals in the field of product manufacturing.

    "Flextronics is very proud to be working with Cal Poly students, faculty and policymakers to build educational resources for the community," said Jim Sacherman, Senior Vice President of Flextronics. "We work with many engineers and business professionals that have never seen a chip shooter or understand the full process of product development and assembly. The Web became an obvious medium where we can communicate that information and at the same time spark some interest in the field of electronic manufacturing."

    "This Web site is a natural outgrowth of our interest in electronics manufacturing and our active program of partnering with industry leaders," stated Mark Cooper, Director of Corporate Relations for the College of Engineering, and Professor of Manufacturing Engineering. "Thanks to these industry leaders, especially Flextronics, Cal Poly now has four Electronic Manufacturing Engineering laboratories, including a state-of-the-art surface mount assembly facility, and a Web site to add in our curriculum."

    Flextronics will continue to work with educational institutions and make resources available to engineering universities throughout the country in an effort to develop innovative ways to make learning more accessible and effective.

    About flextech101.com

    flextech101.com ( www.flextech101.com) is an educational Web site that explores the world of electronics manufacturing. The site is sponsored by Flextronics ( www.flextronics.com) in collaboration with California Polytechnic State University ( www.calpoly.edu). Created by industry professionals, university faculty and students, flextech101.com aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of students, educators and professionals in an effort to stimulate interest in technology as we continue to move into the 21st century.

    About Flextronics

    Headquartered in Singapore, Flextronics is a world-class Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering operational services to branded technology companies. With fiscal year 2001 revenues at USD$12 billion and approximately 70,000 employees, Flextronics is a major global operating company with design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics operations in 28 countries and four continents. This global presence allows for manufacturing excellence through a network of facilities situated in key markets and geographies that in turn provide its customers with the resources, technology and capacity to optimize their operations. Flextronics' ability to provide end-to-end operational services that includes innovative product design, manufacturing, IT expertise and logistics has established the Company as the top-tier EMS provider.

    About Cal Poly

    California Polytechnic State University is a four-year undergraduate university located in the Central Coast city of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly with its excellence in academics was voted the top western public university by U.S. News in 2000. The annual campus enrollment is about 16,500. These students have various academic programs offered to them, including 62 bachelors, 18 masters, 40 minors and 10 credentials, however, the most sought after degrees are those of engineering and agriculture. Cal Poly's College of Engineering is the largest undergraduate engineering program in the west, and has consistently been the top-ranked engineering college of its type by U.S. News and World Report.

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