Tokyo, Japan – March 4, 2015 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) has been recognized as one of 19 companies receiving Intel Corporation’s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for their performance in 2014. This supplier has demonstrated industry-leading commitment across all critical focus areas on which they are measured: quality, cost, availability, technology, customer service, labor and ethics systems and environmental sustainability. Nikon Corporation is recognized for their significant contributions providing Intel with semiconductor lithography systems for technology development and high volume manufacturing, deemed essential to Intel’s success.
“Nikon is tremendously honored to again receive the highly regarded Intel Preferred Quality Supplier award. We feel our relentless focus on attaining Intel’s standards for world-class support of leading-edge lithography technology, flawless system manufacturing integration, and continuous improvements to equipment performance and availability culminated in this recognition. The commitment of the worldwide Nikon team that is pivotal to our achievements is acknowledged through this prestigious award,” said Toshikazu Umatate, Nikon Corporation Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Semiconductor Lithography Business Unit.
“For the last 30 years Nikon has been an excellent supplier and a great partner for Intel in delivering leading edge scanners at an affordable cost,” said Janice Golda, GSM Lithography Strategic Sourcing, Intel Corporation. “Nikon’s ability to work collaboratively with Intel to support technology and manufacturing needs during the development and ramp phases and deliver solutions rapidly is impressive. I am pleased to support the award of Preferred Quality Supplier for Nikon Precision in 2014.”
The PQS award is part of Intel’s Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) program that encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, technology, environmental, social and governance goals. Suppliers must also achieve 80 percent or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at http://intel.com/go/quality.
A celebration to honor PQS award winners was held in Santa Clara, California themed “Innovating to Deliver Smart and Connected Devices”, which illustrates the contributions this supplier has made in 2014. In addition, there was an announcement on Intel’s website at http://intel.com.
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About Nikon Corporation
Since 1980, Nikon Corporation has been revolutionizing lithography with innovative products and technologies. The company is a worldwide leader in semiconductor lithography systems for the microelectronics manufacturing industry with more than 8,000 (semiconductor) lithography systems installed worldwide. Nikon offers an extensive selection of production-class lithography systems that serve the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD) and thin-film magnetic head (TFH) industries. Nikon Precision Inc. provides service, training, applications and technical support, as well as sales and marketing for Nikon lithography equipment in North America. For more information about Nikon, access our website at http://www.nikonprecision.com.