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Flex extends Kodak agreement; Benchmark expands in Malaysia

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Flextronics has extended and expanded its agreement with Eastman Kodak to provide logistics services in Europe.

Under the agreement, Kodak will continue to use Flextronics Global Services (FGS) in Venray, Netherlands for its European, African, Middle Eastern, and Russian warehouse businesses.

From Venray, Flextronics provides warehousing, distribution and transportation management services for all outbound Kodak shipments to retailers and end-customers. The partnership will also expand to include Kodak's graphics business, where FGS will provide forward logistics services for products such as thermal plates, print heads and ink products.

FGS also provides warehousing and distribution services for Kodak digital products such as digital cameras, video cameras, picture frames, batteries, photo paper, print media and accessories, traditional film products, and one-time-use cameras.

The new agreement renews an older agreement that the two companies signed in 2007.

Flextronics, based in Singapore, also announced an agreement with Emulex and will provide the company with manufacturing configure-to-order services and logistics services. Emulex, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., designs and builds storage networking infrastructure products including fiber channel host bus adapters, network adapters, embedded storage switches, and storage I/O controllers.

Meanwhile, Benchmark Electronics, headquartered in Angleton, Texas, announced that it has acquired facilities and other assets that will allow it to expand its precision technologies capabilities in Penang, Malaysia. The expansion will provide sheet metal and frame fabrication, advanced metal joining and grinding, along with complex mechanical assembly and machining services.

Benchmark provides integrated electronics manufacturing, design, and engineering services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control equipment, testing and instrumentation products, and telecommunications equipment.

Probe Manufacturing, a small EMS provider in Irvine, Calif., said it has secured a manufacturing $200,000 purchase order for advanced sensor technology products.

The unnamed industrial and instrumentation customer is planning to expand its electronics business by transitioning from sourcing finished goods in China to designing and building their own products domestically. Probe Manufacturing is currently the sole source for this customer's electronics manufacturing.