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Flex eyes 5G as it shifts from manufacturer to design partner

Flex, formerly Flextronics, is undergoing a major strategic transition – moving from contract electronics manufacturer to strategic design partner for many of the world’s largest technology brands, and hoping to ride the 5G wave to accelerate its transition. With connected products making up such a large amount of new business, as companies seize the opportunity of the Internet of Things, the company has brought in new leadership to ensure it snares as much of that new business as possible. Kevin Kettler, Flex’s CTO and SVP of communications and enterprise compute, explained the company’s evolution, which increasingly sees it jointly developing products with its customers – a big shift from its days the manufacturer of others’ designs. Developing all manner of…

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