International review rates Infineon's Annual Report No. 1 in Germany - According to Enterprise.com consultants, chip manufacturer's 2000 report is No. 5 in the world and No. 2 in Europe
Among the 200 annual reports scrutinized by a panel of independent judges, only the top five received an A+ rating. This was, in the words of the panel, reserved for world-class level, standing-out. The criteria consisted of financial and investor information (weighted at 50%), descriptions of business operations (30%) and visual design (20%). To conduct its review, Belgium-based Enterprise.com (e.com) ordered a total of 800 annual reports from publicly listed companies in 35 different countries.
According to e.com, Infineons 2000 Annual Report, entitled The First Year, was not only the first German report to receive such a high ranking, but also one of the most convincing presentations by a newly listed company ever. The judges moreover classified the Infineon report - along with nine other companies - as belonging to the Best in the five individual categories of theme, business summary, financial and operational reports, and illustrations. Along with Infineons own authors, a big share of credit goes to the companys London-based design agency The Partners as well as to the Berlin-based consultancy AIOS, which produced the report.
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Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets, for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 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 www.infineon.com.
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1. IBM, USA
2. Ford Motor, USA
3. Electrolux, Sweden
4. Alcoa, USA
5. Infineon Technologies, Germany
6. Skandia, Sweden
7. Genentech, USA
8. Chevron, USA
9. Volvo, Sweden
10. Knight Ridder, USA