Feb 23, 2004

Seagate Earns Six Sigma Excellence Award From sixsigmaIQ

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's leading disc drive company, has earned sixsigmaIQ's annual Six Sigma Excellence Award for the Best Design For Six Sigma Project. Seagate received the award for its project, "Deployment of Design for Six Sigma in Seagate's U Series Disc Drive." Other finalists for the award included projects from Ford Motor Company and Raytheon. A panel of experts from Motorola, Johnson and Johnson, ABB, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin considered the entries.

The sixsigmaIQ award is designed to reward best practices and spotlight exceptional innovation. According to a statement released by the organization, "The sixsigmaIQ excellence awards have been established to honor, recognize and promote Six Sigma projects that demonstrate true best practices and to expand and increase the uptake of Six Sigma methodology globally. Celebrating the highest achieving individuals, teams and projects in Six Sigma, these awards credit the hard work and dedication devoted by many to Six Sigma and the great results associated."

"Seagate's continuous focus on process, design and manufacturing improvements are helping us deliver what our customers want," said Steve Genheimer, Seagate vice president of Six Sigma. "Our continued investment in Six Sigma design, supply chain and manufacturing flexibility, and customer-focused business processes have solidified Seagate's position as a storage category leader. Seagate's greatest strength is its ability to respond quickly and intelligently to the change that is inherent across the industry."

"We're proud that Seagate's groundbreaking deployment of Six Sigma processes over the last several years has earned this recognition, and has had a positive impact on our ability to design products more effectively and deploy them more efficiently than ever before in the hard drive industry," said Dave Wickersham, Seagate executive vice president of Global Disc Storage Operations. "This highly acclaimed award, judged by and chosen from among some of the world's best companies, is a testimony to the ground-breaking DFSS effort, outstanding teamwork and leadership qualities exhibited by our research, design and deployment teams."

The award was presented at the Annual Six Sigma summit in Miami last month. An independent division of IQPC (International Quality & Productivity Center), sixsigmaIQ launched the awards program to recognize the real-world achievements that are resulting from Six Sigma implementation all over the world. It is the only Six Sigma awards program where industry judges industry.

The world's leading provider of six sigma conferences and summits, sixsigmaIQ is devoted to the promotion of Six Sigma improvement methodology through dialogue, meetings, exchange of best practice, original practitioner articles and project diaries.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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