NMS Communications and Plexus Announce High Performance Supply Chain Partnership

10/9/2002 - NMS Communications, the leading supplier of technology for tomorrow's networks, and Plexus, a leading provider of design, manufacturing, and testing services to the electronics industry, announced that they have entered into an outsourcing manufacturing agreement. NMS and Plexus will jointly create and manage a best-in-class supply chain for the communications equipment suppliers, carriers, and network operators who purchase and depend on NMS printed circuit assemblies and sub-assemblies.

As a result of this partnership, NMS will be able to offer its customers industry-leading supply chain service levels, enhancing their ability to succeed in an increasingly dynamic business environment. NMS will immediately begin transitioning its product supply, circuit pack manufacturing, and customer order fulfillment to Plexus, and expects to begin volume production and order fulfillment beginning in Q4 of calendar 2002.

"We are pleased NMS selected Plexus as its supply chain and manufacturing partner. The direct link we have established between MRP systems and the on-line management tools we have created will allow Plexus and NMS to control all aspects of the supply chain," said Paul Ehlers, president of Plexus Electronic Assembly. "This complete Order to Direct Ship supply chain model will provide NMS' end customers with superior flexibility, time to delivery, and total cost savings."

NMS chose to partner with Plexus in order to streamline its supplier base, accelerate time-to-market, improve cash conversion cycles, and enhance total cost savings for its customers. Importantly, Plexus has a record of effectively supporting companies whose product lines encompass a high mix of products with low to moderate volumes, and who require adherence to a high standard of quality. Additionally, NMS will be leveraging a more environmentally friendly set of manufacturing processes through the use of well-established IPC-A-610 standard process chemistries and process control equipment advances such as high-speed Automated Optical Inspection systems.

"We're confident that Plexus' exemplary track record in helping companies bring new products to market and their unusually strong customer-centric operating culture will improve our manufacturing productivity and strengthen our supply chain capabilities," said Herb Shumway, vice president of NMS' Supply Chain Operations. "We look forward to implementing innovations with Plexus that will help us and our customers succeed in today's challenging environment."

About Plexus
With approximately $1 billion in annual revenues, Plexus provides product realization services on a global basis to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the networking/data communications, medical, industrial, commercial and computer electronics industries. With almost 6,000 employees in 5 countries, Plexus offers engineering and product development, new product introduction (NPI), prototyping, material procurement and management, assembly, testing, manufacturing, complex final system assembly, fulfillment and sustaining services.

About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. The world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, carriers, and network operators trust NMS to help them bring applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.

Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, with offices around the world and products deployed in over 90 countries, NMS has a record of technology innovations that have advanced the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include voice quality enhancement software that pairs noise reduction and compensation to make it easy for both parties to hear in even the noisiest mobile phone conversations. They also include the industry's first complete and open IP gateway, packet media server, and multimodal system for enhanced services.

NMS Communications is a trademark of NMS Communications Corporation.

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