Our History

Fabrinet was founded in 2000 by David T. (Tom) Mitchell, one of the co-founders of Seagate Technology.

Mr. Mitchell founded Fabrinet as a low-volume, high-mix service provider for the manufacturing of complex optical components. The company set out to serve original equipment manufacturers on a contract basis.

The initial funding of $1 million dollars was from Mr. Mitchell’s own capital. Hambretcht & Quist Asia soon added another $20 million dollars through its Asian Pacific Growth Fund. Fabrinet took over Seagate’s lease of the Chokchai manufacturing site. Seagate then became one of Fabrinet’s first customers.

Fabrinet continued expanding its Asia-based manufacturing hubs over the next 10 years. With the 2005 transfer of JDS Uniphase’s manufacturing operations to Thailand, the company focused on manufacturing components and modules for optical communication systems as well as industrial lasers and sensors. Fabrinet introduced the “factory within a factory” operation module, creating a system where customers provided the equipment needed to build their products while Fabrinet provided the labor, logistics, manufacturing, and a supply chain.

Fabrinet released their IPO in 2010. Since then Fabrinet has become a trusted manufacturing partner for the world’s most demanding OEMs. With about 10,000 employees worldwide, Fabrinet now provides manufacturing, packaging, process technology, and supply chain services to various markets. This includes many optical communication, automotive, and medical products in Thailand, China, and the U.S.

  • 2000

    • Founded by Chairman Tom Mitchell, co-founder of Seagate Technology, with acquisition of Seagate facility.
    • Producing: HDD components, Passive Optical components
  • 2004

    • Acquired Pinehurst Building 3
    • Producing: High and Low-volume PCBAs, Automotive MEMS Sensors, Optical modules – OA modules, Passive components , Transceivers , etc.
  • 2005

    • Built and Commissioned Pinehurst Building 4
    • Producing: Optical components and modules, Transponders, Modulators, ROADMs, etc.
    • Acquired Casix (Fuzhou, China) and Vitrocom (Mt. Lake, NJ.)
    • Producing: Custom optics, Custom precision glass components and Connectorization solutions
  • 2007

    • Built and Commissioned Pinehurst Building 5
    • Producing: Industrial and scientific lasers, Medical devices and sensors, Optical modules – High Volume optics component testing, Network Managed subsystems, AOCs, Circuit Packs, DCM, etc.
  • 2010

    • Listed on NYSE under “FN”
  • 2012

    • Built and Commissioned Pinehurst Building 6
    • Producing: Custom silicon photonic components and modules, advanced packaging lab, 100G Telco and Datacomm components and modules, etc.
  • 2015

    • Commissioned Fabrinet West (Santa Clara, CA)
    • Producing: Prototype, NPI, Low volume PCBA and Box Build, Quick Turn offering Quality, Velocity and Cost
  • 2016

    • Commissioned Chonburi Campus on 72 Acre Site
    • PCBAs, Automotive Modules/LIDAR system, Optical Components and Modules, Precisioin Optical Packaging
  • 2016

    • Acquisition of Fabrinet UK
    • NPI – PCBAs, Box build
  • 2019

    • Commissioning Fabrinet Israel NPI Center, to open in 2020.
    • NPI – PCBA’s, Box Builds and Precision Optical Packaging