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NI Recognizes Sonopress/arvato and ModusLink

National Instruments announced the 22 recipients of the company’s Global Supplier Awards for 2010, including Sonopress/arvato digital services (software/print) and ModusLink (CD replication/print).

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National Instruments Honors 22 Companies With 2010 Global Supplier Awards

Recipients Recognized for Executing Exceptional Work Across Various Performance Platforms

NEWS RELEASE – Sept. 8, 2010 – National Instruments today announced the 22 recipients of the company’s Global Supplier Awards for 2010. The annual awards were presented to suppliers who, through their commitment to excellence, continuous improvement and innovative practices, delivered world-class performance within the global supply chain.

FedEx, a supplier of global logistic services, is the recipient of this year’s Supplier of the Year award, which recognizes the supplier that consistently performs beyond expectations throughout the year. FedEx developed a custom shipping solution that makes it possible for National Instruments to service its key markets while shipping from an emerging market. This solution helped National Instruments significantly shorten its delivery times to customers while reducing inventory.

Analog Devices, a supplier of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing ICs, is the recipient of the inaugural NI Eagle Award. This award recognizes exceptional global support and performance from key technology providers. Analog Devices was honored with the award for providing cost-effective, high-performance products in a challenging market over the last year.

Other 2010 Global Supplier Award winners include: Advantech, a supplier of human machine interfaces (HMIs) and industrial PCs; Arrow Electronics Marketing, a supplier of electronics components; BizLink, a supplier of cable assemblies; Cerqa, a supplier of software and print media; Dove, a crystals and oscillators supplier; Flextronics, a supplier of complex mechanical assemblies; GigOptix, a supplier of application-specific integrated circuits; iRex, a supplier of cable assemblies; M3, a supplier of electronics components; Marking Systems, a labels supplier; ModusLink, a supplier of CD replication and print services; Phoenix-Lamar, a cable assemblies supplier; SCA Packaging, a supplier of packaging products; Sonopress, a supplier of software and print media; Sunbelt Supply, a hardware supplier; Toshiba, a supplier of application-specific integrated circuits; TTI Inc., an electric components supplier; Westak, a supplier of printed circuit boards; Xerox Hungary, a supplier of print on-demand products and services; and Zollner, a supplier of custom metal products.

“With the rising standard to which global companies are being held, National Instruments makes it a priority to work with suppliers who are dedicated to quality performance, timely delivery, a competitive cost structure and innovative business practices,” said Scott Christman, director of the global supply chain for National Instruments. “These suppliers have demonstrated the commitment, innovation and results that set them apart from the rest of the industry, and we congratulate them for their outstanding accomplishments.”

National Instruments recognizes suppliers in six categories: Supplier of the Year, NI Eagle Award, Best in Commodity Class, Overall Scorecard Performance, Quality and On-Time Delivery. Award recipients are chosen based on the National Instruments supplier scorecard, which evaluates performance in the areas of cost, quality, global support, delivery, technology and innovation. Suppliers are scored quarterly with periodic reviews scheduled to facilitate better communication as well as to identify possible improvement opportunities.

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