Elcoteq Becomes Sharp's Partner for Smartphones

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, Finland, )
Elcoteq SE and Sharp have signed an extensive agreement for cooperation on industrialization, manufacturing, distribution and after market services for mobile phones. The cooperation focuses initially on Sharp's latest smartphone product lineup "KIN", a new Windows Phone, developed for the USA and Europe. The cooperation will cover all service areas with immediate effect. As announced on April 13, 2010 the agreement is estimated to contribute over 150 million Euros to Elcoteq's net sales in 2010.

The agreement with Elcoteq covers the Life Cycle Services that include engineering services, sourcing, New Product Introduction (NPI), boxbuild manufacturing, and after market services for the products. NPI services do not only include the industrialization of the various models but also the development of the test systems for the manufacturing process. Elcoteq will also have an increasing role in supplier selection and component sourcing. Products manufactured by Elcoteq will be delivered in full boxbuild mode and all the manufacturing will initially be concentrated in Elcoteq's factory in Beijing, China. Furthermore, Elcoteq will take care of the after market services for the delivered products in each region.

"We are very pleased to be working with Sharp, one of the world's top electronics giants and a leading Japanese smartphone company. We are proud to become a global partner for Sharp to secure the high quality and provide a smooth supply of its products in the market. As a global Life Cycle Service Partner Elcoteq is perfectly suited to meet Sharp's extensive and demanding requirements," says Mr. Jouni Hartikainen, CEO and President of Elcoteq.

"We chose Elcoteq because of its long experience in advanced handset manufacturing and service offering that covers the entire lifecycle of the product. This partnership will enable Sharp to expand the smartphone business into global markets," says Mr. Akihiko Imaya, Group General Manager, Personal Solutions Business Development Group of Sharp.

For further information contact Patrik Åhgren, Vice President, New Sales and Business Development, APAC Area, tel. +852 2486 7766.
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