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Celestica "Winds Down" Manufacturing Of RIM BlackBerry Devices

Celestica "Winds Down" Manufacturing Of RIM BlackBerry Devices

Ouch. Want to know how badly RIM is doing? So badly that one of its production plants is straight-up bailing out of the BlackBerry production business. Celestica is a company widely know throughout supply chain organizations for production solutions, and as of now, it still helps RIM produce BlackBerry smartphones. But that's changing, and soon. Within the next three to six months, it will wind down its manufacturing services for Research in Motion. The company estimates that prior to any recoveries, its restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million.

That's pretty much it for the release; they kept it short and sweet. But reading between the lines, there's a lot more to this. RIM is trimming down its manufacturing because there's simply not nearly as much demand for its products as there was just five years ago. Will BlackBerry 10 be able to save the company's future? That's impossible to know, but with every day that ticks by, another BB user converts to Android, Windows Phone or iOS...

Celestica to wind down manufacturing services for Research in Motion

TORONTO, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- (All amounts in U.S. dollars. Per share information based on diluted shares outstanding unless noted otherwise).

Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced that over the course of the next three to six months, it will wind down its manufacturing services for Research in Motion (RIM).

Celestica has been a high-performing manufacturing supplier for RIM and will work closely with RIM throughout the transition. As discussed on the company's first quarter results conference call on April 24, Celestica has been working with RIM as it assesses its supply chain strategy. Celestica estimates that prior to any recoveries, its restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million.

More details about this announcement will be provided as part of the company's second-quarter results press release and conference call, which are scheduled for Friday, July 27.

In addition, Celestica is reaffirming its second quarter financial guidance that was provided on April 24. The company anticipates revenue to be in the range of $1.65 billion to $1.75 billion, and adjusted net earnings per share to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.26.

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Foxconn recently won the smartphone maker RIM orders, OEM BlackBerry, the BlackBerry foundries Elcoteq and Celestica, etc., but by the rapid growth of demand for smart phones and competition.

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This is no surprise. Just about everyone I know who has owned a BB had numerous complaints about them, from performance to complete malfunctions or faulty parts, and any replacement was the same or worse.

I would never buy a Black Berry device and I never recommend them. Actually I wouldn't even keep it one if it were free..... I won a Curve and a Torch in a contest (3rd place prize) and sold them for dirt cheap just to get them out of my sight lol

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