HAIFA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2018--
Green Point, a division of Jabil Inc. (NYSE:JBL), announced today the
opening of its new 2,000 square meter Optics Technology Innovation
Center in Haifa, Israel. This development and manufacturing center will
provide the Israel tech community – already recognized for driving
worldwide innovations – with additional opportunities in computational
cameras, projection systems and combined solutions.
“Our Optics Innovation Center is fundamental to Jabil’s mission of
becoming the most technologically advanced manufacturing services
provider in the world,” said Irv Stein, vice president of Jabil Optics.
“We recognized the growing demand for premium optoelectronic solutions
more than a decade ago, and proactively sought to address it with the
acquisition of the Carl Zeiss projections systems group. Our support for
optoelectronics customers has been on a steady, upward trajectory since.
Today, our unique services help to drive the market for mobile devices,
AR/VR, automotive solutions and medical devices to name a few, and we’re
well-positioned as a manufacturing services leader in this fast-growing
The new Jabil Optics facility – located in the Matam Park in Haifa –
meets the growing demands of Jabil customers who are looking for
specialized expertise and resources for complex assembly and integration
of optoelectronic systems. This includes optical design; development and
manufacturing capabilities for camera modules; and projection systems
being produced in this facility. These solutions are important assets
for smartphones, tablets, e-readers and laptops as they prepare to serve
mobile, virtual, augmented and extended reality products seeing rapid
growth and adoption. The Center will also create leading-edge automotive
products and solutions including advanced driver-assistance components,
DMS systems, head-up display units and LiDAR systems.
“Jabil’s advanced manufacturing and technology capabilities are enabling
the Automotive industry to develop increasingly complex electronics that
improve safety, efficiency, intelligence and connectivity of all types
of vehicles,” said Chad Morley, vice president, Jabil Automotive &
Transportation. “We’re actively engaged in several global automotive
opportunities to industrialize and bring to market advanced LiDAR
solutions for mass-market adoption. By leveraging our cost-optimized
hardware, global manufacturing expertise, and strategic partnerships, we
can meet our customers’ needs for dependable, high-quality products.”
Today, Jabil employs more than 600 people in Israel and expects that
number to continue to grow in the future. One of the compelling
incentives for Jabil Optics to locate its Innovation Center in Haifa was
to access the strong stream of technology resources and talent in the
Jabil Optics Evolution
Jabil’s optics footprint initially began in the Optics Valley of Jena,
Germany with the Carl Zeiss acquisition and quickly expanded to include
process development and materials science expertise located in Silicon
Valley in the United States. Optics expertise was further bolstered by
the acquisition of Kasalis, an active alignment automation leader
located outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Jabil continues to expand
production and industrialization efforts in Huangpu (China), Taiwan,
Guadalajara, and now in Haifa, to enable it to design, develop and
deliver support and products to global customers.
Jabil Israel Evolution
Jabil’s commitment to Israel’s innovation economy began when the company
established a presence in Israel in 2012 with the opening of its office
in Ramat Ha'Chayal, Tel Aviv to focus on partnering with start-up and
emerging companies. Jabil’s presence expanded with the acquisition of
Shemer Bar Lev and Shemer Yokneam in 2015, followed by the inclusion of
Jabil’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat in 2016.
Today’s announcement of the new Optics facility in Haifa is the latest
milestone in Jabil’s dedication to doing business in Israel.
Jabil’s strategy includes the participation of numerous ecosystem
partners in Israel. As recently as July of 2017, Jabil entered into a
strategic partnership with Israel-based eyeSight Technologies, to bring
vision-based Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) to market.
“The Jabil/eyeSight partnership offers a complete ‘design to
manufacturing’ platform solution, enabling Automakers and Tier 1’s to
accelerate time to market," said Gideon Shmuel, CEO of eyeSight.
“eyeSight’s award-winning software requires less processing power,
allowing it to run on lower-cost, industry standard processors, and be
easily integrated into existing ARM architectures. This complements
Jabil’s miniaturized optics and hardware solutions, which can be
seamlessly integrated into any cockpit electronics or vehicle interior.”
“There is a huge opportunity developing throughout the world to utilize
LiDAR sensing solutions in the automotive space – particularly as it
relates to the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles – and much
of the excitement is being driven from what is now happening within the
Optical Ecosystem in Israel,” said Omer Keilaf, co-founder and CEO of
Innoviz, headquartered in Israel. “Jabil is an important technology
partner for Innoviz and their significant commitment to continuing its
footprint expansion with an additional facility in Israel is going to
further our ability to collaborate to the benefit of our joint customers
and deliver breakthrough LiDAR sensing solutions to the world.”
Jabil (NYSE: JBL) is a product solutions company providing comprehensive
design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services.
Operating from over 100 facilities in 29 countries, Jabil delivers
innovative, integrated and tailored solutions to customers across a
broad range of industries. For more information, visit jabil.com.
Jabil Optics, a division of Jabil Green Point, focuses on
opto-electrical solutions including computational cameras, projection
systems, and acoustics. For more information, visit jabiloptics.com
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