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Benchmark Electronics to Add Asian Systems Integration Capacity
PRNewswire-FirstCall
ANGLETON, Texas

Benchmark Electronics, Inc., a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced plans to expand its manufacturing capacity in Asia with a third manufacturing site in Thailand to accommodate increased customer demand for systems integration services.

The company plans to start its newest manufacturing site in a leased facility 30 miles north of the Bangkok Airport in the City of Ayudhaya, Thailand. This new facility will be located in the same industrial park as the company's current Ayudhaya site and will offer 60,000 square feet of systems integration manufacturing space.

Benchmark anticipates the facility will be fully operational by the end of the first quarter of 2005. The company currently operates 17 facilities worldwide, including 4 facilities in Asia. Benchmark's existing facilities in Asia include the facility in Korat, Thailand which became fully operational in the third quarter of 2004.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. is in the business of manufacturing electronics and provides its services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control equipment, testing and instrumentation products, and telecommunication equipment. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in eight countries. Benchmark's Common Stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the scope of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict," and similar expressions, and the negatives of such expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to industry and economic conditions, customer actions and the other factors discussed in Benchmark's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.

SOURCE: Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

CONTACT: Gayla J. Delly, Chief Financial Officer of Benchmark
Electronics, Inc., +1-979-849-6550

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