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Laird Technologies Receives Ford Motor Company Q1 Award

Company Recognized as a Preferred Supplier of Telematics Products

(PresseBox) (St. Louis, Missouri, USA, ) Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performancecritical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announced it received the Ford Motor Company's Q1 Award. The Award was presented to Laird Technologies for being a supplier of telematics products who excels in technical expertise with superior product quality and delivery performance, and who provides superior customer support and excellent problem solving. This honor marks the first time Laird Technologies has won this prestigious award.

"Laird Technologies is deeply honored to receive the Ford Motor Company's Q1 Award," said Randy Andreen, Laird Technologies Vice President and General Manager, Telematics & Wireless M2M. "Ford's Q1 Award is recognized by automobile manufacturers around the world as a benchmark for supplier performance. We are very proud to have achieved this milestone and see it as an important step in growing our strategic relationship with Ford Motor Company".

Laird Technologies provides Ford with telematics products including: AM/FM In-Glass antenna systems, satellite/GPS antenna systems, AM/FM/SDARS antenna systems, and suppression capacitors.

The Ford Q1 quality system uses several key elements to assess a supplier's capability:

- Assessment and validation of system capabilities to insure quality and customer satisfaction.
- Customer endorsements which reflect the effectiveness of a company's efforts.
- Ongoing monitoring of quality and delivery performance.
- Continuous improvement activities within the company.

Suppliers needed 800 points to receive Q1 certification. Laird Technologies achieved a score of 1350; placing them into the upper echelon of Ford's top suppliers.

A contract manufacturer of Laird Technologies, Jebsee Electronics, located in Shenzhen, China was also acknowledged at the awards ceremony.

About Laird Technologies GmbH

Laird Technologies designs and manufactures customized, performancecritical products for wireless and other advanced electronics applications.

The company is a global market leader in the design and supply of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, thermal management products, mechanical actuation systems, signal integrity components, and wireless antenna solutions, as well as radio frequency (RF) modules and systems.

Custom products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, automotive, aerospace, defense, consumer, medical, and industrial markets.

Laird Technologies, a unit of Laird PLC, employs over 10,000 employees in more than 39 facilities located in 13 countries.

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