Flextronics International Ltd. claims to control about 24 percent of the market for midrange and high-end cell phones - and is looking for more.
Nicholas Brathwaite, chief technology officer, said camera modules account for 10 percent, plastics and enclosures 7 percent and printed circuit boards 4 percent.
Brathwaite said Flextronics is working to boost its share another 36 percent and is targeting niches for small-form-factor displays as well as radio-frequency modules and audio-conferencing speaker microphones. The combination would allow Flextronics independently to influence about 60 percent of bill-of-material costs for high-end cell phones, he said in a recent conference call with analysts.
Brathwaite also noted Flextronics manufactures about 31 percent of multifunction printers; that figure includes 17 percent relating to plastics and enclosures.
To focus the investment community's interest, Flextronics could spin off some assets. A competitor, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. of Taipei, Taiwan, did that in February with its Foxconn unit.
Flextronics managers want to bolster business value, but see any detailed disclosures as premature.
Flextronics is based in Singapore and has an administrative office in San Jose.