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Toshiba Electronics Europe Selects ModusLink’s Solution Center in Brno, Czech Republic to Provide Content Loading Services for Flash Memory Products
By: Business Wire
Nov. 19, 2012 08:08 AM
ModusLink Global SolutionsTM Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) today announced Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (TEE), the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, has selected ModusLink’s solution center in Brno, Czech Republic to provide on-demand configuration capabilities. TEE has certified the solution center and will be leveraging ModusLink’s content delivery solution to meet its customers’ requirements for pre-loaded flash memory devices.
The evolution of mobile computing technology, in particular the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, is changing how people use technology to access information and stay connected. Gartner recently forecasted worldwide media tablet sales to grow to 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase over 2011 sales1. These devices, as well as many of the ultrabooks on the market today, don’t have standard CD/DVD drives but do have USB ports and SD slots. Offering recovery media and other large-file software pre-loaded onto SD and microSD cards or USB drives gives consumers a viable back-up option and allows for situations where wireless downloads of software may not be practical.
“ModusLink has the configuration capabilities, infrastructure and global footprint needed to effectively deliver a true on-demand content solution at a critical time in the advancement of mobile and tablet technology,” said Naoyoshi Hosoda, vice president, Toshiba Electronics Europe. “With our pre-loaded media devices, we can provide consumers with the same secure access to content and software they have come to expect with conventional computing platforms.”
Pre-loaded flash media can be leveraged for an array of products including consumer electronics, software and other digital content, medical devices and automobile navigation systems. A number of companies in these varied industries are utilizing this service today to meet their pre-load requirements.
“We expect the number of devices without optical drives to increase in the coming years as additional industries embrace mobile and wireless technology and the need for solutions like Toshiba’s will grow,” said Tom Nightingale, president, sales and marketing, ModusLink. “We’re seeing this already; the use of in-vehicle navigation systems that function best with regular map updates is one such example. By enabling a demand-driven solution for customers requiring flash media with pre-loaded content, both Toshiba Electronics Europe and ModusLink are well positioned to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market opportunity.”
To learn more about ModusLink’s content delivery solution, visit our configuration services page.
About Toshiba Electronics Europe
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry’s broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs, ASSPs and display products for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products like HDDs, SSDs, SD cards and USB sticks.
TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.
About ModusLink Global Solutions
ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 470 million product shipments through more than 30 sites in 15 countries across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink's flexible and scalable solutions visit www.moduslink.com and www.valueunchained.com, the blog for supply chain professionals.
This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, the expected benefits of the business relationship between ModusLink Global Solutions and Toshiba, as well as the opportunities presented by the perceived market demand for flash media with pre-loaded content. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: We are not designated as this client’s sole supplier of the services referenced in this press release; We frequently sell to our clients on a purchase order basis and without contractual minimums and therefore our sales are subject to demand variability; Our success depends on our ability to execute on our business strategy and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of our solutions and services; We may not be able to expand our operations in accordance with our business strategy; We may experience difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with our business strategy; We derive a significant portion of our revenue from a small number of customers and the loss of any of those customers would significantly damage our financial condition and results of operations; Increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which we compete; and risks associated with international operations. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect ModusLink Global Solutions’ future results of operations and financial results, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made by us.
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1 Press Release, April 10, 2012: “Gartner Says Worldwide Media Tablets Sales to Reach 119 Million Units in 2012” http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1980115
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