Laird Receives Top Honors from Caterpillar Inc.
Company awarded Platinum Supplier Quality Excellence Certification
May 30, 2014 – Laird, a global technology company, has been awarded Platinum Level Supplier Quality Excellence Certification, the highest level of certification from Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar’s Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) recognizes suppliers’ overall quality system performance including excellent process control, commitment to on-going process improvement and delivery of quality products. Laird’s Telematics teams across the world have focused on creating a collaborative relationship with Caterpillar to deliver innovative product designs with superior service and delivery.
“Our teams in Holly, Michigan and Shanghai, China work closely with Caterpillar to ensure we exceed Caterpillar’s stringent quality requirements,” said Steve Brown, senior vice president and general manager at Laird. “We know the value of strong partnerships with our customers and Laird is always striving to deliver exceptional customer support.”
Of the several thousand suppliers to Caterpillar, only a small number are able to achieve the highest level of SQEP certification. Laird had earned Bronze Level certification from Caterpillar in 2011 and 2012. The improvement to Platinum demonstrates Laird’s commitment to continuous improvement.
“Reliable fulfillment is a primary focus of Laird and absolutely key to our ability to attract and retain blue-chip customers like Caterpillar,” said Randy Andreen, vice president of sales for Laird. “We are constantly working to improve not only our shipping performance, but everything that goes into reliable fulfillment including quality, our global supply chain and our overall operations. We are extremely pleased and honored to be recognized for our performance by Caterpillar Inc.”
Laird is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of telematics products, with a product portfolio consisting of antennas and integrated reception systems designed to meet the multiple communications requirements of modern vehicles. These products are developed with industry-leading RF expertise to ensure the best possible connectivity and meet very stringent automotive and industrial qualifications and certification.
Laird is a global technology business focused on enabling wireless communication and smart systems, and providing components and systems that protect electronics. Laird operates through two divisions, Wireless Systems and Performance Materials. Wireless Systems solutions include antenna systems, embedded wireless modules, telematics products and wireless automation and control solutions. Performance Materials solutions include electromagnetic interference shielding, thermal management and signal integrity products. As a leader in the design, supply and support of innovative technology, our products allow people, organisations, machines and applications to connect effectively, helping to build a world where smart technology transforms the way of life. Custom products are supplied to major sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, IT, automotive, public safety, consumer, medical, rail, mining and industrial markets. Providing value and differentiation to our customers through innovation, reliable fulfilment and speed, Laird PLC is listed and headquartered in London, and employs over 9,000 people in more than 58 facilities located in 18 countries.
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