Chartered Semiconductor has honoured its best suppliers for 2007 at a ceremony held in Singapore, with National Oxygen recognised in the awards for its materials supply service.

As the company strives to move forward with its targeted initiatives and expand capacity to meet its customers demand, it honours its suppliers as thanks for service and supply provided.

In the equipment category, the Gold Supplier Award went to Dainippon Screen Singapore, with Applied Materials Asia the follow-up Silver Supplier Award winner.

Sumco Techxiv and National Oxygen picked up the Gold and Silver awards respectively in the materials supplier category, while in the services category the Gold award went to IBM Singapore and the Silver Award to Hewlett-Packard Singapore.

Leow Kim Keat, Vice President, customer support operations and supply management organisation at Chartered, explained, “Chartered extends its congratulations to NOX for winning our 2007 Silver Supplier Award in the materials category. Chartered takes pride in our collaboration with our suppliers, who have helped make Chartered one of the world's leading foundries. NOX's team has successfully demonstrated its commitment to helping Chartered meet our objectives.”

A wholly owned subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, Singapore-based National Oxygen is a single source provider of bulk and specialty gases, gas handling equipment and high performance purification systems. The company also provides support services, engineering services and TGM to semiconductors and electronics firms.

Reflecting on the recognition in the awards, Shigeto Umatani, Managing Director of NOX, said, “NOX is extremely proud to be honoured with Chartered’s supplier award for the third consecutive year. This award testifies to the high quality of National Oxygen's solutions, including both gases and services.”

Umatani added, “We are proud that the joint efforts from our partners, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, Matheson Tri-Gas, Sodiff, and our staff, to keep improving customer satisfaction have been recognized by Chartered. With this award, we are motivated to strive even harder to deliver excellence.”