Building on our 50-year history with a clear vision, mission, and purpose, Flex is the trusted global manufacturing partner of choice to a diverse customer base, helping design, build, and support products that improve the world.
Through the collective strength of a global workforce across 30 countries and responsible, sustainable operations, Flex delivers technology innovation, supply chain leadership, and manufacturing solutions and services to diverse industries and end markets.
We are honored to employ the industry’s best makers, problem-solvers, innovators, craftspeople, and leaders. Working together globally, we push the limits to design and build a wide array of customer products to improve the world. Through close collaboration and partnership, we create the extraordinary.
Be the most trusted global technology, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions partner to improve the world.
Our mission is to achieve our vision and fulfill our purpose.
We do this for our global workforce by providing a safe environment with growth opportunities for our employees to prosper. We do it for our customers, using our manufacturing expertise to make products that contribute positively to the world. And we do it for the planet, by stewarding sustainable manufacturing and operations practices to minimize environmental impact.
Through all of this, we deliver consistent results and increase value to our shareholders.
We support each other as we strive to find a better way. We move fast with discipline and purpose. And we do the right thing, always.
We offer a comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing solutions and services when and where our customers need it—all while leveraging the strength of our expansive footprint and expertise across a diverse range of industries to enable a rapid exchange of technology and knowledge.
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At Flex, we celebrate over 50 years of making great products for our customers that create value and improve people’s lives. Delivering manufacturing services and solutions across 30 countries, we partner with leading brands in various industries and end markets around the world — all while stewarding sustainable operational practices that minimize environmental impact.
Our story began in 1969, deep in the heart of Silicon Valley…
In 1969, Joe and Barbara-Ann McKenzie started a family business called Flextronics making circuit boards for the growing number of companies in Silicon Valley. By automating board construction, they could produce more reliable boards, faster and more cost effectively than their customers could on their own.
A decade later, the company became a contract manufacturer that customers relied upon for outsourcing not just their circuit boards, but for other components and assemblies for their products as well.
The proposition remained the same—volume production with consistent quality at lower costs than customers could achieve themselves.
The company expanded its services to include the purchase of materials and parts for manufacturing, as well as using computer-aided design to create and optimize the circuit board for each product.
By 1981, Flextronics became one of the first US service manufacturers to go offshore by setting up a manufacturing facility in Singapore. It brought with it a common set of employment standards, gaining recognition with employees drawn to the integrity of these practices.
The company realized extraordinary growth when it introduced vertical integration to optimize the supply chain, and aggressive global expansion by creating industrial parks where suppliers could re-locate to be close to where products were manufactured.
There was also a growing trend for manufacturers to acquire the manufacturing facilities of OEMs in the computer and telecoms sectors which led to further acquisitions.
Corporate ownership shifted from public to private as markets went through the slumps of the late 80s and early 90s.
In 1994, Flextronics returned to the public markets when it was listed on the Nasdaq. By the end of the 90s, our 2.6 million square feet of manufacturing space in extended across 26 operations centers around the world. We had $2.2 billion in revenue and a customer list that was a who’s who’ of the Information and Communications Technology industry.
We distinguished ourselves from competitors by the quality of our working environment and HR standards for employees, as well as our ability to get products to market quickly through its our multi-disciplinary new product introduction centers.
In 2007, Flextronics bought long-time competitor Solectron for $3.6 billion. The bold move put us at the top of the US market and gave it us the scale to help our customers with any aspect of product development.
In 2015, we established Flex as our master brand and continued evolving our product lifecycle services and solutions to provide value for our customers.
In 2019, we celebrated five decades of manufacturing leadership.
In the same year, Revathi Advaithi was named as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into a next era. Building on over 20 years of sustainability investments, in 2022, we doubled down on our climate action efforts and announced a commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040.
The world has changed since our pioneering days of 1969, and so have we. We’ve earned the trust of customers as the manufacturing partner of choice through our expertise and partnership across the product lifecycle: from design and fulfillment to circularity. We remain committed to helping our diverse customer base design and build products that make the world a better place.
Revathi Advaithi is the Chief Executive Officer of Flex, the global manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world.