2008-01-15

NOTE takes the next step in its strategic transformation

“Since early 2006, we have worked extensively on our unique forward-looking NearsourcingTM business model, targeting a combination of volume growth and cost-efficient production for our customers. Our intention is to increase profitability, while simultaneously reducing the risks of our operations. These activities intensified after our new Board was appointed last spring,” commented Arne Forslund, NOTE’s CEO and President.

“We increased our production capacity further last autumn, by starting up joint venture plants with Philippine EMS provider Ionics EMS in China and Fideltronik in Poland,” continued Mr. Forslund, “we’ve now built up the capacity and skills for continued growth, and to relocate more labour-intensive production to cost-efficient countries. Thus the headcount downsizing we are now conducting in our Swedish facilities at Skellefteå, Norrtälje, Skänninge and Lund is one consequence of our long-term strategy”.

“NOTE’s profitability have grown briskly in recent years. We expect the current headcount downsizing to be progressive over forthcoming quarters. The savings should generate their full profit impact and exert a positive effect on margins as early as this autumn.”

“The trend towards increased outsourcing of electronics production is a strong one, and we expect it to offer good growth opportunities on existing markets. Consistent with the start-up of our NearsourcingTM operation in NOTE Oslo, we also intend to increase our presence on new geographical markets, which will contribute to further growth in the long term,” concluded Mr. Forslund.

For more information, please contact:
Arne Forslund, CEO & President, tel. +46 (0)8 568 990 07, +46 (0)70 547 74 77
Henrik Nygren, CFO, tel. +46 (0)8 568 990 03, +46 (0)70 977 06 86

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