Innovate with Flex to reduce time to market around the world
Whether you’re a startup or large multinational corporation, Flex’s portfolio of innovation services and our partner ecosystem enable you to uncover new market opportunities for your product, access new technologies and accelerate your product development.
Innovation services to take your product from idea to industry disruptor
Flex’s innovation services span the entire product lifecycle:
Technology and market access
- Access to new, qualified technologies to mitigate adoption and reliability risk
- Potential solution and business opportunities with Flex customers
- Experienced hardware design and engineering teams that complement and accelerate your product development needs
- State-of-the-art facilities and equipment to support design through prototyping and final production builds
- Quality standards compliance to enable entry in specialized vertical markets
- New product introduction from trial short-run production to high-volume manufacturing
- Manufacturing process innovation, testing and automation
- Supply chain design and logistics services to optimize movement of material and finished goods
Innovate with Flex at home and around the world
With innovation and design facilities throughout the world, Flex provides the local expertise and global breadth of capabilities you need to mitigate risk and drive innovation when launching your product. From embedding intelligent sensors into the fibers of clothing, to tactile feedback technology for automotive applications, these facilities bring your products to life with qualified technologies — so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Flex Innovation Centers
Located in Silicon Valley, Israel and Boston, these innovation centers support your product development needs from early concept stages with highly ambiguous requirements, to startup technology sourcing, prototyping and short-run production.
Flex Design Centers
Access full product and system design and testing, design for excellence (DfX) and value engineering services to meet your product development needs. The design centers bring strong program management, system engineering and integration across the supply chain. Global locations include Canada, United States, Germany, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Israel, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
Product Introduction Centers
These specialized product introduction facilities bring together design, engineering and manufacturing resources to partner with customers much earlier in the product development phase than a typical manufacturing site. Capabilities include advanced engineering, design for manufacturing, supply chain optimization, prototyping, failure analysis, testing, production and transfer. This vertical integration enables you to introduce breakthrough products faster than ever before while reducing design, development and production costs.
Equipment upgrades at these sites include:
- The most advanced 3D metal and plastic printers
- Surface mount technology (SMT) lines
- Capabilities in anodizing, advanced automation, microelectronics packaging and radio frequency (RF) technologies
Google took its Chromecast™ from sketch to prototype in just four weeks by co-innovating with Flex. Google and Flex collaborated to bring the Chromecast to market, conquering design challenges along the way and launching the product quickly in an extremely competitive environment.
Startup Grabit partners with Lab IX® startup incubator to revolutionize factory and warehouse automation
Grabit wanted to bring its innovative, patented electroadhesion gripping technology to market. Grabit accelerated its time to market and secured funding from Flex to further develop products for industrial robotics and warehouse logistics.
Access services specialized for your industry
Whether you’re an industry leader or an emerging startup, solve complex business problems by leveraging Flex’s expertise across industries and emerging technologies. Flex’s industry-specific services include:
Leverage our manufacturing process innovation and technology transfer including automation and control, robotics, microelectronics packaging and testing expertise to improve product quality and reliability.
Leverage our collaborative and exploratory product development process to support your system design and engineering including concept analysis, system viability and iterative prototyping for new market applications or when product requirements are highly ambiguous.
This initiative provides cloud infrastructure companies with engineering and design services to optimize rack-level solutions, especially for multi-vendor equipment integration.
Flex Smart and Connected Solutions
Leverage component-level platform solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into your products to provide functionality such as wireless device charging, user notification, embedded lighting and real-time tracking.
Our venture programs provide investment for technology startups and route to market for established technologies. Flex Lab IX® helps scale startups by sourcing, qualifying and investing in their disruptive technologies. Our Collective Innovation Platform program provides technology companies of all sizes a route to market with Flex’s large, global customer base.
Work with experts in both rigid and flexible circuits to support your needs for next-generation printed circuit board (PCB) technology, testing methods and designs. The center’s state-of-the-art labs focus on embedded components, integration and transfer, wearable and stretchable design, thermal management, system integration and simulation.
Get in touch to start innovating with Flex in a state-of-the-art technology development environment.