The accolade was made by representatives from manufacturing sites based on the following criteria: flexibility and responsiveness to customer requests; quality of product; business impact of product and continuous improvement practices.
Brian Young receiving the award from Billy O’Donnell (Left), Planning Director, National Semiconductor, sponsors of this award and Derek Boyd, CEO, NMI
Brian Young, general manager of Compugraphics International (Glenrothes) said “Compugraphics has a 40+ year history and has grown to become a globally recognised player in the sector. From Scotland our products are now exported all over Europe and the world. This award from our UK and Ireland customers is fantastic motivation for us and reassurance that even long standing customers are benefiting from our efforts to continually improve the customer experience.”
Derek Boyd, CEO, NMI, commented “The UK and Irish semiconductor manufacturing operations provide a valuable contribution to our economies. This sector has remained strong, resilient to global trends of off-shoring by excelling at manufacturing excellence, innovation, delivery and cost. In turn the local supplier base is of crucial importance to maintain such a world-class performance. It is for this reason that NMI has introduced an award to promote supplier excellence in supporting the manufacturing base and we are delighted to announce that Compugraphics International is the first recipient - congratulations to all the staff."
Compugraphics is one of the most highly regarded and established photomask suppliers in Europe and USA, specialising in photomasks and reticles for the semiconductor, MEMs and optoelectronics industries.
Photomasks are high precision plates made out of glass which a chrome layer on one side, usually containing microscopic pictures of electronic circuits etched into the chrome. They are produced according to customer designs at manufacturing facilities in Glenrothes, Scotland and Los Gatos, California.
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The National Microelectronics Institute (NMI) is the premier trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the UK and Ireland.
Its aim is to help build and support a strong micro and nanoelectronics community by acting as a catalyst and facilitator for commercial and technological development.
A not-for-profit organisation funded by its members, the NMI has a membership that spans the supply chain and includes fabless semiconductor manufacturers, IDMs, foundries, design services, IP providers, business associates, research and academic institutions.
The NMI’s work includes:
• Encouraging innovation, communication and collaboration through networking, funding, brokering and sign-posting activities.
• Representing the micro and nanoelectronics sector to government, policy makers and regulators.
• Supporting skills development, education and training.
• Improving operational efficiency through benchmarking and best practice initiatives.
• Providing an industry specific information flow.
The NMI also welcomes collaborations on a national and global basis, to ensure it delivers the very best service to its members and partners. More information can be found at: www.nmi.org.uk