IBM Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 25 Mar 2003: IBM Corporation was named a recipient of Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success. The company was awarded for its efforts in supplying Intel with notebooks, desktops, workstations and servers. IBM and 28 additional PQS award winners will be honored at a celebration in Burlingame, Calif., on March 26.

"This award acknowledges Intel's success as a valued customer of IBM as much as IBM's success as a supplier to Intel," said Steve Ward, senior vice president and general manager, IBM Personal Systems Group. "Intel demands the best from its global suppliers. The fact that IBM has met the test two years in a row underscores our commitment to excellence in notebooks, desktops, workstations and servers, and the competitive edge of ThinkVantage Technologies."

"The IBM Personal Systems Group has done a great job in supporting Intel IT's global computing requirements," said Doug Busch, Intel chief information officer. "Specifically, IBM's global business operations and product consistency helps Intel IT achieve Total Cost of Ownership reduction goals."

The PQS awards are part of Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) process 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, delivery, technology and responsiveness goals. Suppliers must also manage and deliver on a challenging improvement plan and a quality systems assessment.

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