March 11, 2010

TOKYO, Japan, March 4, 2010 – Nikon Corporation has been recognized as one of 16 suppliers to receive Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for their performance in 2009. Nikon is recognized for their significant contributions, providing Intel with lithography scanners, deemed essential to Intel's success.

"Nikon is honored to be recognized by Intel as a Preferred Quality Supplier. We believe this prestigious award reflects our dedication to world-class support of Intel's leading-edge lithography technology needs, flawless system integration, and continuous improvements in equipment performance and availability. This award is an excellent acknowledgement of the worldwide Nikon team that contributed to our receiving this award," said Kazuo Ushida, president, Precision Equipment Company, Nikon Corporation.

"Intel congratulates Nikon on achieving the PQS award for 2009," said Janice Golda, Lithography Capital Equipment Development director, Intel. "Nikon provides excellent support integrating new lithography technology, helping Intel ramp industry leading 32nm factories and continuing to improve the speed, safety and sustainability qualities of our capital supply chain."

The PQS award is part of Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) program that encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80 percent on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology and customer satisfaction goals. Suppliers must also achieve 80 percent or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems. Furthermore, the 2009 awardees demonstrated compliance to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct and Intel's Environmental Social Governance Program. Additional information about the SCQI program is available at

Celebrations to honor the PQS award winners will be held in conjunction with Intel's Supplier Day events in Tokyo, Japan and Anaheim, California during the month of March 2010. In addition, an announcement will run in the March 31 U.S. edition and April 1 Europe and Asia editions of The Wall Street Journal with acknowledgement on Intel's corporate Web site,

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