Lucent Technologies Honors Artesyn with Golden Supplier Award

12/15/2003 - Lucent Technologies' (NYSE:LU) Supply Chain Networks group announced the suppliers selected for its 2003 Golden Link Awards. Golden Link suppliers are chosen based on a number of critical factors that are important to helping Lucent meet the needs of its customers. These include quality, timeliness of delivery, technology, innovation and overall value.

Jose Mejia, president of Lucent's Supply Chain Networks, commended this year's award winners at a recognition event held at the company's headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J. This is the second year Lucent has recognized its top suppliers with this award.

"These outstanding suppliers delivered quality products quickly and presented creative solutions to challenging problems," Mejia said. "In a highly competitive marketplace, that kind of support is critical."

The 2003 Golden Link suppliers are Alliente, Amphenol, Andrew/Forem Filter Division, Anixter, Artesyn Communication Products, IDT (Integrated Device Technology Inc.), Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, Teradyne, Tyco and Xilinx.

"The suppliers we work with excel in a number of areas, but this year's winners all succeed in each of the five selection criteria -- delivery, technology, value, quality and overall relationship," said Joe Carson, vice president of the Supplier Management Group. "We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationships with them and working with them to better serve our customers."

Two of this year's winners also received Impact Awards for being chosen as suppliers of the year. Anixter was named services and support supplier of the year for work that included helping Lucent meet challenging customer delivery dates. Xilinx was selected as manufacturing supplier of the year for work that included its use of a leading-edge procurement system that has helped Lucent achieve greater flexibility with two of its contract manufacturers.

In addition, two Golden Link companies were given E.N. Barton awards. These awards are named after Enos N. Barton, one of the two entrepreneurs who founded the company that would eventually become AT&T's Western Electric, Lucent's predecessor. Tyco Electronics, which was selected for its sustained performance in support of a broad range of Lucent products, received the award for the most improved manufacturing supplier. Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, chosen for managing and reducing Lucent's transportation and logistics costs, was recognized as the most improved services and support supplier.

The other Golden Link recipients were honored for their contributions throughout the year. Alliente was recognized for its work with the outsourcing of Lucent's indirect procurement processes in Europe. Amphenol, a cable assembly provider, was selected for its support across all dimensions including cost, quality, and delivery. Andrew Corporation (formerly known as Forem, an Allen telecom Company, before the merger with Andrew), a strategic supplier of radio frequency filters to Lucent, was cited for work that contributed to reduced costs and improved lead times.

Artesyn was chosen for an innovative card-based solution that reduced the footprint of Lucent's packet control function (PCF) program and lowered costs. IDT was named for continuing to support Lucent products with solution-based offerings at highly competitive cost levels. And Teradyne, an important component supplier for key products in Lucent's mobility portfolio, was recognized for its support in technology, production efficiency and cost reduction.

Managers in Lucent's Supply Chain Networks team as well as members of the company's engineering and design, customer delivery and quality organizations nominate suppliers for the award. A committee reviews the nominations, interviews people throughout the company who work regularly with the suppliers and then makes the final selection of the top suppliers.

About Supply Chain Networks
Lucent's Supply Chain Networks (SCN) group oversees the end-to-end provisioning of Lucent solutions to its global customer base. SCN is responsible for the management and oversight of supplier and supply chain engineering and management, product engineering, test and component engineering, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and distribution, as well as the company's outsourcing and contract manufacturing efforts.

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit

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