Sanmina Corporation
Company typePublic
IndustryElectronics Manufacturing Services
Founded1980; 44 years ago (1980)
FounderMilan Mandarić
Key people
Jure Sola (chairman and CEO) [1]
RevenueIncrease US$7.89 billion (2022)
Increase US$368 million (2022)
Decrease US$256 million (2022)
Total assetsIncrease US$4.86 billion (2022)
Total equityDecrease US$1.86 million (2022)
Number of employees
c. 34,000 (2022)
DivisionsViking Technology, SCI, Viking Enterprise Solutions, 42Q MES
Footnotes / references
The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visiting Sanmina Corporation factory in Ma'alot-Tarshiha, Israel, February 2018
Sanmina office in Markham, Ontario

Sanmina Corporation is an American electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider headquartered in San Jose, California that serves original equipment manufacturers in communications and computer hardware fields. The firm has nearly 80 manufacturing sites, and is one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of printed circuit boards and backplanes. As of 2022, it is ranked number 482 in the Fortune 500 list.[3]


Sanmina was founded by Jure Sola and Milan Mandarić in 1980 as a printed circuit board manufacturer. It was named after Milan Manadarić's daughters Sandra and Jasmina.[4] During the 1980s, it expanded into manufacturing backplanes and subassemblies [5] for the telecommunications industry. During the 1990s, the company grew, producing complete products for major OEM companies and completing a number of acquisitions. Jure Sola became CEO and Chairman of Sanmina in 1991. The company completed an initial public offering on NASDAQ in 1993.

Merger and name changes

In December 2001, Sanmina merged with SCI Systems of Huntsville, Alabama, for $6 billion in cash, stock, and debt. Although Sanmina was only half as large as SCI at the time, it was in a better cash position because its core telecommunications business was performing well, whereas SCI's lower-margin businesses such as personal computer manufacturing, were struggling.[6] Shortly after, Sanmina-SCI bought E-M Solutions, a bankrupt Fremont, California electronics manufacturer, for $110 million in cash.[7] Then in early 2002, Sanmina acquired Rancho Santa Margarita-based Viking Interworks for $15 million ($10.9 million in cash and 390,000 shares of Sanmina stock worth $10.26 per share at the time).[8]

On November 15, 2012, the company changed its name to Sanmina.[9]

On July 2, 2015, the company announced that it had acquired the CertainSource Technology Group.

Change of Leadership

Bob Eulau replaced co-founder Jure Sola becoming the CEO effective October 2, 2017. After this change, Sola assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board .[10] Hartmut Liebel assumed the role of CEO in October, 2019. Jure Sola returned again as CEO in August 2020.[11]


In 2015, the San Jose, California-based company had 38,417 employees in over 27 countries on six continents. It serves clients in the fields of communications, computing, multimedia, semiconductors, defense, aerospace, medical applications, and automotive technology. It provides consulting, design, engineering, logistics, new product introduction, assembly, machining, and fabrication, to produce printed circuit boards, backplanes, electrical cables, injection-molded plastics, enclosures and frames, optics.[citation needed]

On May 11, 2018, Ather Energy, announced it had entered into an agreement with the company to develop and manufacture key components for its maiden scooter and production would take place in the company's facility in Chennai, India.[12]

On March 3, 2021, Astrotech Corporation announced that its Astrotech Technologies, Inc. subsidiary has entered into an agreement with Sanmina Corporation to manufacture its mass spectrometry products. As part of the relationship, Sanmina will manufacture 1st Detect’s TRACER 1000. They have also agreed to manufacture AgLAB’s AgLAB-1000 and BreathTech’s BreathTest-1000 once those products are officially released.[citation needed]


In 2023, it became known that Sanmina was engaged in ongoing litigation with its former partner, Dialight, concerning the termination of their manufacturing services agreement.[13]

In 2024, the claims against Sanmina for fraudulent inducement proceeded to trial after a New York court rejected Sanmina’s bid to dismiss  Dialight’s fraud allegations.[14]


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  2. ^ "Sanmina Corporation 2022 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 10 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Sanmina". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  4. ^ "Šta se krije iza milijardi u fudbalu | Milan Mandarić | Biznis Priče 85". YouTube.
  6. ^ Todd Wallack (July 17, 2001). "Sanmina buys rival SCI Systems". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  7. ^ "Net expansion adds 52,000 domain names". San Francisco Chronicle. September 25, 2001. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  8. ^ "Year later, Sanmina-SCI revives Viking". Orange County Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-10-27.[dead link]
  9. ^ Sanmina Dropping 'SCI' from Name
  10. ^ "BRIEF-Bob Eulau has been named as next CEO of Sanmina". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2020-08-06.
  11. ^ "Sanmina Announces its Co-Founder and Executive Chairman to Reassume Chairman and CEO Role" (Press release).
  12. ^ "Ather Energy inks deal with Sanmina to develop & produce key parts for S340".
  13. ^ "Sanmina Litigation – Company Announcement -". Retrieved 2024-07-12.
  14. ^ "Dialight brightens as court case against Sanmina goes to trial". Proactiveinvestors UK. 2023-03-15. Retrieved 2024-07-12.