Jabil Circuit Inc. will increase its manufacturing presence in Japan with a
multi-year agreement to make broadcast systems and video equipment for
Jabil, a St. Petersburg, Fla., EMS company, will provide manufacturing and system
assembly production for NEC's Broadcast and Video Equipment Operations Unit,
including analog and digital devices.
As part of the agreement, Jabil will lease
the NEC Gotemba Ltd. plant which is located 60 miles from the electronics company's
Tokyo headquarters. Jabil will also hire 250 NEC employees in time for the
anticipated July closing of the deal. Financial terms of the transaction were
The new outsourcing pact builds on the major contractor's ties with NEC. Jabil
hired Kimio Inagaki, a former vice president and general manager of corporate
planning at NEC America, to serve as president and director of Jabil Circuit
Japan since the Tokyo division was established in 2001.
"NEC intends to improve the price competitiveness of its products, production
lead time and flexibility to better handle fluctation of market demands," said
Kaoru Yano, an NEC executive vice president and head of the company's
telecommunication business unit, in a statement.
Under the new pact, Jabil will build transmission and studio
equipment used in radio and television broadcasting along with video cameras and
systems for multimedia equipment.
"This partnership is key for Jabil Japan," said Kimio Inagaki in a statement.