Sun Microsystems Recognizes Top Suppliers in 2005 Awards Program

AMD named "Supplier of the Year"; supplier management specialist Procuri recognized with Meritorious Performance Award

AMD named "Supplier of the Year"; supplier management specialist Procuri recognized with Meritorious Performance Award

Santa Clara, CA  September 29, 2005  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has taken the top place as Supplier of the Year for Sun Microsystems, and enterprise supplier management specialist Procuri received special recognition for its performance, as Sun this week announced the winners of its 15th annual Supplier Awards Program.

The awards honor those companies who have delivered superior quality and value to Sun's customers. Suppliers are judged on their performance in the areas of Cost, Quality, Leadtime/ Delivery and Strategic & Technical Development.

Advanced Micro Devices, of Sunnyvale, Calif., received this year's Supplier of the Year Award for its contributions to Sun's record of delivering technology and service to its customers. Sun said that with the introduction of Sun's new enterprise Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) server family on September 12, AMD has become an even more important partner and supplier to Sun and that the two companies would continue to work together to maximize the performance of Sun's systems based on AMD Opteron processors.

Beyond the Supplier of the Year, the awards program has two additional levels: Meritorious Performance and Best-in-Class. The Supplier of the Year is selected from the Best-in-Class suppliers as the top performer overall. The Best-In-Class Award compares the performance of all suppliers who deliver a similar product or service and recognizes the highest performer in that area, while the Meritorious Award recognizes suppliers who have gone the extra mile in one or more performance areas.

The 2005 Best-in-Class (Class) Award winners are:

  • Datagate Inc.

  • Infineon Technologies AG

  • NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.

  • Nippon Express Co., Ltd (third-party logistics)

  • Samsung Electronics Corporation (Custom Silicon)
The 2005 Meritorious Performance Award winners are:

  • Artesyn Technologies, Inc.

  • Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

  • Fujitsu Component, Ltd.

  • Fujitsu Ltd. Storage Products Group

  • General Dynamics Network Systems

  • Koninklijke Frans Maas Groep NV

  • Kuehne & Nagel Contract Logistics - North America

  • Micron Technology, Inc.

  • PrO Unlimited, Inc.

  • Procuri Inc.

  • Texas Instruments Inc - SPARC Business Unit

  • Tyco Electronics Power Systems
Procuri said its TotalSource solution and support team have enabled Sun to achieve $102 million in actual cost savings versus a $35 million target by providing superior support, supplier training and strategy expertise for Sun's purchasing organization, as cited by Joe McGrath, director of the WWOPS Procurement & Operations Strategy Team for Sun Microsystems. This savings, coupled with the fast, successful migration from a previous provider, has reduced Sun's overall costs and increased its sourcing competency, Procuri said.

"Procuri has contributed significantly to helping Sun exceed customer expectations, which is a key priority for our company," said Kurt Doelling, vice president for Sun Microsystems supplier management. "We salute them for their exceptional results in improving quality and delivering such a high level of sourcing expertise."

Mark F. Morel, Procuri's president and chief executive officer, said: "This honor showcases the valuable partnership between our two organizations. The award is a symbol of the respect and appreciation Sun has for its suppliers and the high level of customer support and quality solutions Procuri provides to its customers."

"Our suppliers' high level of partnership, innovation and commitment help Sun meet its demanding performance and production goals," said Eugene McCabe, executive vice president for worldwide operations at Sun Microsystems. "Their efforts support our overall objectives of increasing participation on the network and closing the digital divide, and we applaud all our suppliers for the significant contributions they make to our business."

Additional Articles of Interest

 Eugene McCabe, architect of Sun Microsystems' Customer Fulfillment in Transit process, discusses the challenges and rewards of taking links out of the company's supply chain in "Anatomy of the 'Zero Touch' Supply Chain," in the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

 Words of wisdom from one university professor go a long way to help business students excel in supply chain management. Read "Interview with Dr. John T. Mentzer: Teaching Supply Chain" in the June/July 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

 How are outsourcing and supply chain tasks such as purchasing and inventory management tied to "network-centric operations?" What is a network-centric operation? Read the article "The Future of Supply Chain Management: Network-centric Operations and the Supply Chain" to find out.