Apr 19, 2011

Daifuku Receives Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

April 19, 2011

OSAKA, Japan, April 19, 2011 – Daifuku Co., Ltd. has been recognized to receive Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for their performance in 2010. Along with 15 other companies, Daifuku is recognized for their significant contributions providing Intel with Fab automated material handling systems, deemed essential to Intel's success.

"We are very appreciative to Intel for the generous guidance we have always received. It is a tremendous honor to earn this recognition for two years in a row, and a total of five times in the last six years. As we strive for continued improvements and innovation, I offer sincere gratitude to all Daifuku associates around the world for their hard work," said Yutaka Hirai, executive vice president, Daifuku.

"Daifuku's sixth Preferred Quality Supplier award is a direct result of their continued commitment to safety, quality, operational excellence, and continuous improvement," said David Bloss, Technology Manufacturing Engineering Automation director, Intel Corporation. "Daifuku's products, support, and new technologies help enable our product roadmap and reduce cost. They are clearly deserving of this prestigious award."

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 and 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://supplier.intel.com/quality.

A celebration to honor PQS award winners will be held in conjunction with Intel's Supplier Day in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, there will be an announcement on Intel's website at http://intel.com/.

Intel's SCQI Program

About Daifuku
Daifuku Co., Ltd. is the world's most advanced supplier of automated material handling systems (AMHS) and software to the semiconductor, automotive, and general industry markets. Daifuku is headquartered in Osaka, Japan, with sales and service offices throughout the world.

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