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Lucent Technologies Inaugurates Manufacturing Facility in Brazil

 

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, TUESDAY DECEMBER 15, 1998- Lucent Technologies today inaugurated a world-class manufacturing facility in the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The industrial complex, which occupies an area of 212,000 square meters, also will house the Global Service Provider business unit executive and sales offices.

The facilities, which took 18 months to complete, include a modern executive offices building and assembly lines for the manufacturing of Autoplex® 1000 analog and digital cell sites, 5ESS® AnyMedia™ switches and Galaxy Power Systems, a power system for cell sites and other telecommunications systems.

The plant will have the capacity to manufacture 1,650 cell sites per year, using all the air interfaces - AMPS, TDMA and CDMA. In addition, Lucent will produce 1,000 Galaxy Power Systems each year. In 1999, Lucent also will begin the production of 5ESS switches.

The Lucent facility in Brazil adopts the most advanced logistic and distribution technologies and follows world-class ISO 9000 standards.

The design of Lucent 's facility in Brazil allows the manufacture of a wide range of products on the same site. "We manufacture switches and the entire Autoplex 1000 line of products, plus the Galaxy power system," said Michael Foliano, Manufacturing Vice President. "This allows Lucent to offer our customers in Brazil complete communications solutions that are deployed rapidly to meet their business needs."

The Campinas plant also houses a Global Provisioning Center and a Product Center, areas with stations to receive the materials from suppliers and to consolidate all manufactured equipment for shipping and distribution, following the Whole Order Shipment concept.

"Lucent has already invested more than US$ 100 million in Brazil, most of which was for the construction of this manufacturing facility and industrial complex," said Virgilio Freire, president of Lucent Technologies do Brasil. "In 1999, we expect to invest another US$ 10 million to meet local market demands and support our customers."

The company announced in August that it will invest US$ 30 million to build an optical fiber plant in 1999. Freire also anticipated that, with the opening of the industrial complex in Campinas, Lucent will increase its staff from 600 to 800 in 1999.

"The opening of the plant and all our investments strengthen the company's commitment to our local customers who are, in turn, improving the quality of the telecommunication sector in Brazil," said Freire.

According to Art Medeiros, Lucent's president for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mercosur region, and Brazil in particular, are growth areas for telecommunications companies. "We are committed to invest and grow in Brazil as our customers move forward on the modernization of the telecommunications system in this country," he said.

Advanced Technology and Training Center

With the Campinas plant opening, Lucent brings to Brazil the Advanced Technology and Training Center, where at present, Lucent engineers are working on the adaptation of technologies from Bell Labs to the Brazilian market. The Technology Center will be responsible for the development and customization of Lucent products and solutions for the Brazilian market. The center also will conduct workshops and seminars for customers, technicians and students, reinforcing Lucent's commitment to helping develop Brazilian professionals in the telecommunication area. Additional efforts will be made to create partnerships with universities and other Brazilian research centers.

Campinas

Lucent selected Campinas, 100 km away from São Paulo, mainly because of the city's location. Proximity to Viracopos airport meets the company's vital need of constant equipment arrival and shipping. The fact that the city has several famous research and teaching institutions, increasing specialized working power, was also taken into account. Campinas has almost one million inhabitants and is one of the cities with the highest growth in the State of São Paulo.

Lucent Technologies, with headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit the company's Web site at http://www.lucent.com.

 

Lucent Technologies Contact
Inge Sengelmann
Lucent Technologies - Latin America
(305) 569-4895
Email: sengelmann@lucent.com

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