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Sanmina And Primus Power Announce Manufacturing Agreement To Produce Grid-Scale Electrical Energy Storage Systems

May 13, 2014

SAN JOSE, CA -- Sanmina Corporation and Primus Power announced a manufacturing agreement focused on the growing energy storage market. Sanmina is a leading integrated manufacturing solutions company making some of the world's most complex and innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products, including complex power systems and inverters. Primus Power has developed the EnergyPod®, a safe, low cost, distributed energy storage system that bolsters the stability and security of the electric grid, while offering exceptional power density, reliability and portability. As part of the agreement, Sanmina will assemble and test EnergyPods at its Silicon Valley manufacturing facilities.

"Three imperatives guided our selection of a production partner: manufacturing innovation, strong engineering and the ability to quickly scale to volume," said Primus Power CEO Tom Stepien. "Sanmina's production experience with complex power systems is a given. For complex grid-scale energy storage technology, it's an added advantage to find a manufacturing partner with a deep understanding of our customers' technical priorities and extensive reach into the energy ecosystem. Furthermore, Sanmina's global footprint will enable us to distribute worldwide. We anticipate a long and mutually beneficial collaboration."

"Sanmina is pleased to be working with Primus Power to solve one of clean technology's most pressing problems—the cost-efficient storage of energy for smart grids," said Sundar Kamath, senior vice president of corporate technology at Sanmina. "Working with clean technology customers for more than 20 years in the design and manufacturing of power systems, batteries and inverters gives Sanmina a unique ability to help companies like Primus Power bring new technologies to market quickly and meet global demand. Sanmina's footprint of eight facilities here in Silicon Valley provides a complete solution for Primus Power."

Sanmina provides a broad range of solutions for companies in the energy markets, including solar, wind, oil and gas, fuel cell, LED lighting and battery systems. The company's eight Silicon Valley facilities provide end-to-end solutions including high technology PCB design and fabrication, enclosures, precision machining, new product introduction, system assembly and test. With three decades of experience across a wide range of industries, Sanmina works with customers to design and launch new products, reducing time to market and producing more robust designs. Products launched in one of Sanmina's gateway facilities can be built and distributed from any of Sanmina's manufacturing facilities, located in every major region worldwide.

The manufacturing agreement is a key element of Primus Power's global operations strategy. The company's first customers will start receiving EnergyPods in the coming months. They include municipal and investor-owned utilities, as well as microgrids at military bases.

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