News | August 24, 2004

Fabrinet And Northlight Optronics Sign 3 Year Volume Manufacturing Agreement

San Francisco, CA -- Fabrinet, an engineering and electromechanical manufacturing services company, announced it has signed a three year volume supply agreement with Northlight Optronics, Järfälla, Sweden. Fabrinet will provide module packaging and manufacture of optical subassemblies for Northlight's longwave optical transmitters and receivers.

Northlight Optronics designs and manufactures optical transmitters and receivers operating up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) for long haul, metro, and high speed Ethernet applications. Northlight Optronics' standard butterfly and new TOSA/ROSA products will be assembled in Fabrinet's newly completed facility in Bangkok, Thailand. Process transfer is presently underway. Fabrinet expects to begin shipping product the third quarter of 2004.

"The demand for active components is picking up and we are getting very encouraging feedback from our customers regarding our new TOSA/ROSA platform," said Dr. Dirk Sinerius, Chief Operating Officer at Northlight Optronics. "To comply with our customers' requirements for quick turnaround and price competitive products while still maintaining the superior quality and reliability they expect from us, we decided to partner with Fabrinet."

"Northlight Optronics is built on Ericsson's 20-year plus track record of proven manufacturing and design capability for long wavelength optical transmitters and receivers," said Siriwan Kaewchansilp, Fabrinet's European Director of Sales. "They are a significant provider of optoelectronic components in Europe and around the world."

"Thailand is becoming a major manufacturing location for European companies," said Fabrinet's chief financial officer Mark Schwartz. "Fabrinet's skilled engineers, low cost labor force, and broad base of optical manufacturing technologies, combined with the stability of the Thai government, are attractive to companies seeking an outsourced manufacturing partner. Since formally opening our European office last year, we have seen a substantial growth in our European business."

About Northlight Optronics
Northlight Optronics designs and manufactures a complete range of fully developed, fully qualified and patented opto-electronic laser transmitters, receivers, and optical amplifiers operating up to 10Gb/s for long haul, metro, and high speed Ethernet applications. As a former Ericsson company, Northlight Optronics has the know-how and the design and manufacturing competence for InP-based products that only comes with a well-proven track record. With a new, streamlined organization, Northlight is able to combine its expertise and experience with the flexibility, vibrancy, and customer-focus of a start-up. Northlight Optronics is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified. Its headquarter and manufacturing facilities are located in Sweden; sales offices are in the USA and in Europe. For more information visit Northlight Optronic´s homepage at

About Fabrinet
Fabrinet is a manufacturing services company (EMS) specializing in the engineering and manufacture of complex optical, mechanical, and electronic components, modules, and subassemblies for a wide range of industries including communications, automotive & aeronautics, medical devices, consumer electronics, and industrial. Fabrinet utilizes manufacturing best practices to provide rigorous IP protection, a real-time internet tracking and information system, reliability testing, class 100 cleanrooms, stringent ESD control, turnkey materials management, and unmatched customer responsiveness. The company has received numerous quality and best supplier awards and has been named one of the Best Employers in Thailand in 2003 by Hewitt Associates/Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration/The Nation newspaper. Fabrinet is ISO 9001:2000, 14001, and TS 16949 certified. Fabrinet's manufacturing facilities are located in Thailand, sales offices in the United States and Europe. For more information visit the website at

Source: Fabrinet