Supplier of the Year 2012: ROHM receives "Quality Award" from Continental


Special prize for improved quality
With its annual awards, Continental's Automotive Group commends outstanding
performance among over 900 strategic suppliers

ROHM Semiconductor has been honored with a "Quality Award" by the Continental Automotive Group at the occasion of the Group's annual "International Purchasing Manager Meeting" in Frankfurt. This special award is presented in alternate years to suppliers from the electronics and mechanical engineering sectors in recognition of outstanding performance in quality improvement. Christian André, President ROHM Semiconductor , was very pleased about this appreciation: "This prize reflects the fundamental importance of quality management which is part of our company mission since its foundation in 1958. Quality to us is a holistic approach covering product performance, costs, service, environmental aspects and delivery, we are committed to deliver added value to our customers that makes a difference."

Based on a systematic annual appraisal of more than 900 strategic suppliers, the Automotive Group identifies those companies that have turned in an outstanding performance in the various material segments. In total, sixteen winners received their Automotive "Supplier of the Year 2012" Awards as well as two special awards for "quality" and "innovation". "As one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, we have a portfolio that includes intelligent technologies for key growth areas. (…).," said Continental Executive Board Member Helmut Matschi." And as we strive to build on our technology leadership in the marketplace, we are dependent upon suppliers who can provide us with expert support." The Head of Purchasing at Continental Automotive, Günter Fella, underlined the fundamental importance of extensive and trusting collaboration with suppliers and the great strength of Continental's supplier network. "Over recent years we have continuously improved our high standard of quality. And here the annual Supplier of the Year awards and the annual appraisals of supplier capabilities on which they are based played a key part."

In all, last year the Continental Automotive Group purchased raw materials, components and engineering support to the value of some €11.2 billion from over 4,000 suppliers worldwide.

About ROHM Semiconductor
ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 292,4 billion yen (2,98 Billion $) sales revenue with 20.203 employees in the last fiscal year ending March 2013. ROHM Semiconductor develops and manufactures a very large product range from the Ultra Low Power Microcontroller, Power Management, Standard ICs , SiC Diodes, SiC Mosfets SiC Modules, Power Transistors and Diodes, LEDs, passives components such as Resistors, Tantalum Capacitors and thermal Printheads in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and Europe.
Lapis Semiconductor (former OKI Semiconductor), SiCrystal AG and Kionix are companies of ROHM Group.
ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its head office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). For further information please contact

About Continental
With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 173,000 employees in 46 countries
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7,0 billion in 2012, 34.5000 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6,1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19,5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

Contact Information:
ROHM Semiconductor GmbH
Media Department Karl-Arnold-Str. 15
D-47877 Willich-Münchheide Germany
Phone: +49 2154 921 0
Fax: +49 2154 921450
KEK Concept GmbH
Evelyn Stepken Hofer Str. 1
D-81737 Munich Germany
Phone: +49 89 673 461-30
Fax: +49 89 673 461-55

ROHM receives the "Quality Award" from the Continental Automotive Group From left to right:
J. Braunstetter, Senior Vice President SCMA
H. Matschi, Member of the Executive Board Continental AG / Division Interior
C. André, President ROHM Semiconductor Europe
M. Sakai, Director European-American Sales HQ
C. Constantinescu, Sales Director Continental
K-H- Haupt, Executive Vice President Quality Continental
G. Fella, Head of Purchasing Automotive
S. Sporbert, Head of Supplier Quality Management Automotive

Supplier of the Year 2012