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Sanmina-SCI Installs ICON-SCM Supply Chain Management Software

Apr 09, 2003

ICON Industry Consulting, Inc., a supply chain management solution specialist, today announced Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading supplier of integrated design and electronics manufacturing solutions (EMS), is using ICON's SCM software to significantly improve production efficiency in a number of its fulfillment centers.

"A desktop has a short shelf life," said Ben Poole, Strategic Programs Manager at Sanmina-SCI. "We needed to create manufacturing execution schedules in real-time which consider the complete demand and supply picture. The ability to explode parts requirements on demand and tie into our warehouse management systems, vendor managed inventory (VMI) hubs, and supply depots allows Sanmina-SCI to develop a solution that accurately assesses 'clear to build' status. This helps turn inventory quickly."

The system also provides Sanmina-SCI's vendors with the ability to proactively manage their inventory within the VMI hub. ICON's VMI tool enables vendors to visually view Sanmina-SCI's actual and forecast demand for their products. The tool updates the information immediately after the customer changes a forecast or actual order demand, so the vendor can adjust accordingly. As a result, Sanmina-SCI has complete supply chain visibility enabling them to give firm and realistic commitment dates.

According to Vin Melvin, CIO of Sanmina-SCI, "ICON has proven to be a very effective tool-set in supporting the requirements of our PC manufacturing facilities. ICON's solutions are comparably quick to implement and work well in even the most challenging of situations. The ICON implementation team continually proves its competence and expertise in solving technical and business issues."

"ICON has enabled Sanmina-SCI to achieve faster and more efficient order fulfillment," said Dr. Michael Keppler, CEO of ICON, "As a result they have a competitive advantage in today's challenging marketplace. Because we are a small, specialized company, we had the ability to work closely with Sannima-SCI from inception to implementation, ensuring the solution met and exceeded their expectations, while being both time and cost effective."

Sanmina-SCI Corporation is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the $125 billion global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina-SCI provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions, delivering unsurpassed quality and support to large OEMs primarily in the communications, defense and aerospace, industrial and medical instrumentation, computer technology and multimedia sectors. Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world.

ICON is a supply chain management solutions specialist. ICON's innovative technology and proven methodologies help keep businesses nimble, competitive and profitable at every point in the value chain. ICON�s customers include industry-leaders Agilient, BMW, DaimlerChryler, and Hewlett Packard.

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