Intel Corporation has revealed winners of its two key supplier awards systems, incorporating its Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award and its Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award. Only eight companies were honoured in the SCQI category, while sixteen companies were showcased in the PQS awards. The SCQI awards are regarded as more prestigious by Intel. This year as with previous years the list is dominated by Japan-based suppliers, however this year all suppliers honoured were from Japan.
To qualify for SCQI status, suppliers must score at least 95% on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and environmental, social and governance goals. Suppliers must also achieve 90% or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems.
“In this industry companies can’t rest on last year’s quality performance; continuous improvement is what differentiates good companies from great companies,” said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain. “The eight companies honoured with this award demonstrated improvement in the important areas of innovation, agility, customer responsiveness and environmental sustainability.”
Intel supplies the award winners list in alphabetical order.
DISCO Corporation: supplies blade dicing and laser saws, wafer thinning and polishing systems.
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation: supplies etching systems, field emission and critical dimension scanning electron microscopes, and defect inspection systems.
Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc: supplies diffusion furnaces.
JSR Corporation: supplies advanced photoresists, packaging materials and CMP consumables.
Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd: supplies electronic interconnect materials.
SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES CO., LTD: supplies plastic laminated packages and heat spreaders.
SUMCO Corporation: supplies 200mm and 300mm polished and epitaxial silicon wafers.
Tokyo Electron Limited: supplies semiconductor production equipment.
With respect to the Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) awards, suppliers honoured have had to exceeded high expectations and tough performance goals while demonstrating an industry-leading commitment to quality. The big surprise is the inclusion of a lithography equipment supplier, which typically struggle to meet requirements as the technology is the most advanced and costly. Intel uses both Nikon and ASML tools and both were honoured.
To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80% on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and environmental, social and governance goals. Suppliers must also achieve 80% or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems.
Applied Materials Inc: supplies semiconductor manufacturing equipment and support services.
ASML: supplies semiconductor lithography equipment.
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation: supplies CMP slurries.
Daewon Semiconductor Packaging Industrial Company Ltd: supplies handling media.
DAIFUKU: supplies Fab automated material handling systems.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd: supplies advanced photomasks.
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials: supplies advanced chemistry and equipment for semiconductor device manufacturing.
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc: supplies chemicals for semiconductor device manufacturing.
Moses Lake Industries (Tama Chemicals): supplies specialized ultra-high purity chemicals.
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd: supplies multilayer ceramic capacitors, inductors and electromagnetic interference components.
Nikon Corporation: supplies lithography scanners and steppers.
Rofin-Baasel: supplies laser mark equipment.
Siltronic: supplies polished and epitaxial silicon wafers.
STATS ChipPAC Ltd: supplies full turnkey packaging and test services.
Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd: supplies multilayer ceramic capacitors, inductors and electromagnetic interference components.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd: supplies foundry services.
The Achievement Award winners are the following:
Advantest Corporation: test equipment, awarded for velocity and availability.
Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd: wireless products, awarded for customer satisfaction.
Grohmann Engineering: assembly equipment, awarded for affordability.
Hirata Corporation: automation equipment, awarded for breakthrough technology.