Infineon is First Semiconductor Manufacturer to Receive "Supplier of the Year 2004" Award From Continental Automotive Systems

Jul 21, 2005 | Market News

Munich, Germany – July 21, 2005 – At the beginning of July 2005, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) was the first semiconductor manufacturer to receive the ‘Supplier of the Year Award 2004‘ from the automotive supplier Continental Automotive Systems for its extraordinary quality and logistics performance. This is the fifth year that Continental Automotive Systems presented this award and, from a total of 1,500 companies, named three as suppliers of the year.

The main reasons for awarding the prize to Infineon were given by Matthias Epe, Vice President Purchasing Electronic Systems and Components, Continental Automotive Systems, as above all quality and logistics performance, but also customer orientation and speed.

“Providing our customers with fault-free products is our paramount aim. The quality of the semiconductors used plays a decisive role in this regard, and Infineon is the number 1 for the year 2004,” according to Epe. Moreover, he says that Infineon has “excellent logistics performance” for which business processes are harmonized and a shared logistics concept has been developed. Thirdly, he says that Infineon can deliver quickly and flexibly. “On average it takes about three months from the first step in production through to testing,” said Epe. “Due to the tough competitive situation, car makers are forced to produce and ship their vehicles within a few days. This leaves us with a big gap that Infineon helps to close.” Last but not least, the ‘global, well-positioned customer service, and Infineon's excellent staff‘ make the flexible supply chain a reality.

For Peter Bauer, Member of the Managing Board and Head of the Automotive, Industrial and Multimarket Business Group, the supplier award is confirmation of the quality management program ‘Automotive Excellence’, introduced by Infineon in 2003. “Quality and customer orientation have top priority for Infineon. No other semiconductor manufacturer today has this kind of comprehensive quality management. Fault-free products are our goal, to which all our employees have committed. Our development and production processes along the entire value chain are optimized on an ongoing basis toward achieving this goal.”

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

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