December 1, 2005 San Jose, CA -- NeoPhotonics, a global supplier of fiber-optic components and modules solutions for FTTX and other broadband networks, announced that its facility in Shenzhen, China has received TL 9000 certification. TL 9000 compliance is a requirement for providing network infrastructure to most global telecommunication services providers, including the U.S. RBOCs.
Having earned both TL 9000 and ISO 9001 certifications, NeoPhotonics says its Shenzhen facility has successfully passed the most up-to-date and stringent quality system requirements for the telecommunications industry. Customers of TL 9000 certified suppliers are assured of a quality management system that has been systematically audited by an independent TL 9000 registrar. Certification is intended to provide a basis for objective evaluations for supply decisions.
"Attaining TL 9000 certification is a key step in our continuous improvement global quality effort," comments Zhangyong Huang, president of Photon Technology Co., Ltd. / NeoPhotonics China. "Today our quality initiatives include broad process methods in supply chain, manufacturing, product conformance and testing, customer service, and product development. Our TL 9000 certification is a realization of the increasing effectiveness of these quality initiatives."
The company notes that, earlier this year, its Shenzhen facility received a "valued business partner" award from Mitsubishi Electric, as well as an award of "Best Global Partner" for 2004 from ZTE, a leading Chinese manufacturer of telecom equipment.
"TL 9000 certification helps NeoPhotonics provide the highest quality products and services available," remarks Paul Schroeter, senior vice president of engineering and operations at NeoPhotonics. "In addition, the standard stipulates continued improvements that will ultimately streamline existing customer relationships, reduce costs, and reinforce NeoPhotonics' leadership position in delivering quality-assured fiber-optic products."
The TL 9000 standard was developed by the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecommunications (QuEST) Leadership Forum. Based on the global ISO 9001 standard, the TL 9000 standard contains almost 100 specific additions that are drawn from the best quality management systems and practices of its member companies. Each of NeoPhotonics' manufacturing facilities is certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard.
NeoPhotonics' Shenzhen facility manufactures a broad range of active components including SFP, XFP, and bidirectional transceivers, as well as the company's planar lightwave circuit (PLC) components, many of which are used in FTTP systems. The company says it is currently pursuing TL 9000 certification for each of its manufacturing facilities, with all TL 9000 assessments targeted for as early as March 2006.