Ingram Micro Announces PC Assembly Deal

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ingram Micro Inc. and Solectron Corp. said they have agreed to provide customized assembly services for personal computers, servers and other related products in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The deal further expands Ingram Micro's efforts to jump into the manufacturing arena. In March, the world's largest distributor of computer products said it would open five "super centers" to make customized notebooks, desktops and PC servers for Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp., among others.

The Santa Ana-based company said it hopes these centers will help it consolidate operations and cement its role as a major player in the PC world, officials said Monday.

The agreement with Solectron, which does customized electronics manufacturing, will allow Ingram Micro to have 11 facilities worldwide that will handle its emerging hardware assembly business.

The companies plan to begin shipments before the end of the year.

Ingram Micro distributes technology products and services. Milpitas-based Solectron provides customized electronics manufacturing services.

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