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This excerpt taken from the NOK 20-F filed Mar 20, 2008.
Production—Nokia Siemens Networks
Operations is responsible for the supply chain management of all Nokia Siemens Networks’ hardware, software and original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, products. This includes supply planning, manufacturing, distribution, procurement, logistics, demand/supply network design and delivery capability creation in product programs.


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At December 31, 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks had production facilities in nine major plants globally: three in China, two in Finland, three in Germany, and one in India.
Nokia Siemens Networks works with best-in-class manufacturing service suppliers to increase its flexibility and optimize costs. Approximately 20% of Nokia Siemens Networks production is outsourced.
Certain components and sub-assemblies for Nokia Siemens Networks products, including company-specific integrated circuits and radio frequency components, servers, sub-assemblies such as printed wire-board assemblies, filters, combiners and power units, and cabinets, are sourced and manufactured by third-party suppliers. Nokia Siemens Networks then assembles components and sub-assemblies into final products and solutions. For selected products and solutions, third-party suppliers deliver final goods directly to our customers. Consistent with industry practice, Nokia Siemens Networks manufactures telecommunications systems on a contract-by-contract basis.
Nokia Siemens Networks generally prefers to have multiple sources for its components, but it sources some components from a single or a small number of selected suppliers. As is the case with suppliers to Nokia’s device business groups, management believes that these business relationships are stable and typically involve a high degree of cooperation in research and development, product design and manufacturing. This is necessary in order to ensure optimal product interoperability. See “Item 3.D Risk Factors—We depend on a limited number of suppliers for the timely delivery of sufficient amounts of fully functional components and sub-assemblies and for their compliance with our supplier requirements, such as our and our customers’ product quality, safety, security and other standards. Their failure to do so could materially adversely affect our ability to deliver our products, services and solutions successfully and on time.”
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