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Trimble Awarded Automotive Industry Quality Certification
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 5, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that its Component Technologies Division has been awarded the Quality Systems Requirements QS-9000 certification, an internationally recognized endorsement for quality management and quality assurance for automotive suppliers.
Registration (Certificate No. 103701) was granted by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI), an independent, third-party registrar that is accredited in Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.
QS-9000 was developed by DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors--the U.S. Big Three automakers--for its internal and external suppliers. The standards are based on continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention, reduction of variation and waste, and it includes ISO 9000 requirements.
Trimble's certification assures automotive electronic customers that the processes for the design, development, manufacture, service, and support of the Company's Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers adhere to the QS-9000 quality management standard, and meet the increasing quality requirements of the global automotive marketplace.
"We expect the QS-9000 certification to have a positive effect on our Company," said Dennis Workman, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Component Technologies Division. "The certification confirms the high standards of quality to which we have always adhered. Since our products are sold internationally and used in a variety of automotive applications, it is important that we provide the confidence of QS-9000 certification to our customers."
QS-9000 compliance is an ongoing process, and Trimble's internal auditing team and management review team will continuously monitor the "Quality System" for effectiveness as well as drive continuous process improvement. In addition, a representative from the registrar, BVQI, will carry out surveillance audits every six months until certification renewal in three years.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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