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Celestica, Flextronics, and Wistron will produce the Xbox 360

Manufacturing Powerhouses Lined Up to Produce Xbox 360.

Microsoft? announced today that Celestica, Flextronics, and Wistron will produce the Xbox 360? video game and entertainment system. Microsoft's highly anticipated next-generation platform remains on track for a global launch this holiday season in North America, Europe, and Japan.

"It's an honor to have the expertise and support of three of the world's best-in-class manufacturing companies as we move into the next generation with Xbox 360," says Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox Product Group. "With three contract manufacturers on board, we're poised to have the flexibility and efficiencies we need to keep up with the consumer demand for the world's most powerful next-generation platform."

Flextronics and Wistron are existing partners from the original Xbox? video game console, while the relationship between Celestica and Microsoft is newly formed. All three plants are located in the Pearl River Delta region in southern China.

About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live? online gaming service, and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around you. The system launches this holiday season in North America, Europe, and Japan, and will be available in Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan in 2006. For more information please visit http://www.xbox.com/xbox360/.

About Celestica
Celestica is a world leader in the delivery of innovative electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Celestica operates a highly sophisticated global manufacturing network with operations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, providing a broad range of integrated services and solutions to leading OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Celestica's expertise in quality, technology, and supply chain management, and leadership in the global deployment of Lean principles, enables the company to provide competitive advantage to its customers by improving time-to-market, scalability, and manufacturing efficiency.

For further information on Celestica, visit its Web site at http://www.celestica.com. The company's security filings can also be accessed at http://www.sedar.com and http://www.sec.gov.

About Flextronics
Headquartered in Singapore (Singapore Reg. No. 199002645H), Flextronics is a leading EMS provider focused on delivering innovative design and manufacturing services to automotive, industrial, medical, and technology companies. With fiscal year 2005 revenues of $15.9 billion (US), Flextronics helps customers design, build, ship, and service electronics products through a network of facilities in over 30 countries on five continents. This global presence provides customers with complete design, engineering, and manufacturing resources that are vertically integrated with components to optimize their operations by lowering their costs and reducing their time to market. For more information, please visit http://www.flextronics.com.

About Wistron
With over twenty years experience in product development, Wistron is a leader in the delivery of ODM (original design manufacturing) services. Through a strong design, manufacturing, and after-sales service infrastructure, Wistron provides a broad range of services focusing on ICT (information and communication technology) products. Utilizing a strong engineering base, as well as partnerships with leading technology companies, Wistron incorporates the latest technology platforms into market-driven product offerings for leading OEM customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: http://www.wistron.com.

Source: [CBox.com]

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