Trimble Navigation Limited
935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Trimble Named Siemens VDO's Supplier of the Year
Trimble to Deliver GPS Components for Siemens VDO's Next Generation
Car Navigation Systems
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 23, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that the Company has been named Siemens VDO Automotive AG's "Supplier of the Year." The award honors Trimble's high level of service, quality and innovative products.
To determine the top supplier, Siemens VDO judges the company's ability to meet its requirements in several areas: quality, logistics, support and price. Siemens VDO also pointed to Trimble's ongoing innovations and technological contributions in Global Positioning System (GPS) for automotive applications as additional reasons for the award. As one of the world's largest, most respected automotive suppliers, Siemens VDO is known for its stringent quality standards. Trimble was chosen from among the top 25 suppliers.
"We appreciate Trimble's commitment to technical innovation and quality, their high-level of customer support, their ability to meet both our just-in-time delivery requirements and cost targets in increasingly demanding markets," said Bernd Bremicker, Siemens VDO's executive vice president of Purchasing & Logistics. "In addition, we are very pleased with the evolution of our relationship and are continuing to leverage Trimble's wealth of GPS knowledge to provide our customers with the most precise, state-of-the-art navigation system available."
"Many people worked very hard to achieve the solid relationship we have with Siemens VDO," said Dennis Workman, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Component Technologies Division. "It's a total mindset of teamwork, from innovative engineering and manufacturing to sales and support."
Trimble's relationship with Siemens VDO has become a model for their other suppliers. Because of the strength of the relationship, Siemens VDO has also named Trimble to its Supplier Advisory Board, responsible for improving their supplier communication and program administration.
Trimble has worked with Siemens VDO as its GPS supplier since 1992. One of the first automotive electronics suppliers to develop car navigation systems, Siemens VDO systems are in some of the world's most prestigious automobiles including BMW, Peugeot, Rover, Renault, Land Rover and Ford Europe. Siemens VDO car navigation systems are also available to the aftermarket through automotive and electronic retail stores.
Siemens VDO uses Trimble's GPS products in its wide range of car navigation systems, including both high-end multimedia (HEM) systems- for luxury automobiles - and high-volume multimedia (HVM) systems - for mass market distribution.
For the next generation models, Siemens VDO is working with Trimble to increase the value of positioning modules delivered for car navigation use by integrating dead reckoning (DR) capabilities; this capability increases accuracy and reliability under all driving conditions, including inside tunnels, parking garages and dense urban areas. In addition, the next generation HVM system will use Trimble's innovative FirstGPSTM technology, which allows OEMs to easily integrate GPS location capability in mobile products for less power, less space and lower cost.
About Siemens VDO
Siemens VDO Automotive is one of the world's leading suppliers of electronics, electrical products and mechatronics to the automotive industry. As development partner of the automotive industry, the company manufactures powertrain products, such as engine control electronics and fuel injection technology for improving engine performance, while reducing emissions. Core products include information and car communication systems with instrumentation, audio and navigation terminals, telematics and multimedia applications, including complete cockpits. These products provide increased driving comfort and ease of operation. Siemens VDO Automotive products representing chassis and car body include airbag, ABS, fuel tank systems and access control systems for greater safety and security. The company's separate after market business, Siemens VDO Trading markets products for retrofitting in consumer and commercial vehicles, with a focus on fleet management and audio and navigation systems. Worldwide sales for fiscal year 2000/2001 (30 September 2001) totaled EUR 5.7 billion.
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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