Solectron Corporation, a leading provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply chain services, on February 8 announced that its Guadalajara, Mexico, facility has won the 2007 Shingo Business Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. Solectron Guadalajara was recognized for demonstrating lean/Six Sigma leadership through significant operational and process improvements in quality, productivity and efficiency.

The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing began 19 years ago and recognizes organizations that use "world-class" manufacturing strategies and practices to deliver superior results. The prize recognizes the value of using and expanding Lean manufacturing best practices by offering award in three categories: Business, Research and Public Sector. The Business Prize recognizes large and small manufacturing companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Underscoring the customer value of the Solectron Production System, Solectrons lean/Six Sigma manufacturing methodology, Solectron Guadalajara demonstrated manufacturing excellence, including a significant focus on continuous improvement processes. The entire facility and its employees operate within the company-wide kaizen culture of continuous improvement, which is at the heart of the Solectron Production System, or SPS. SPS helps OEMs improve quality and efficiency, reduce waste, lower cost and improve flexibility.

"At Solectron, the Solectron Production System is rooted deep into the fabric of the culture. We have implemented SPS at every site worldwide to ensure greater consistency and collaboration in achieving manufacturing excellence," said Marty Neese, executive vice president for operations, Solectron. "We're honored that our Guadalajara facility was recognized with this prestigious award. It is a tribute to the tremendous work by general manager Roberto Hernandez and his dedicated team."

Solectron will receive a trophy during the 19th annual Shingo Prize Conference, which will take place from March 26-30, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Fla.

Solectron Corporation is one of the world's largest providers of complete product life-cycle services. It offers product design and new product introduction, supply chain management, lean manufacturing and aftermarket services such as product warranty repair and end-of-life support to leading customers worldwide. Solectron works with the world's premier providers of networking, telecommunications, computing, storage, consumer, automotive, industrial, medical, and aerospace and defense products. Its industry-leading lean/Six Sigma methodology (Solectron Production System) provides OEMs with quality, flexibility, innovation and cost benefits that improve competitive advantage. Based in Milpitas, Calif., Solectron operates in more than 20 countries on five continents and had sales from continuing operations of $10.6 billion in fiscal 2006.