Even though OCZ is in the news more for its rumored takeover (which our sources close to heart of the matter peg as a done deal), the company is continuing to develop its manufacturing facilities. Earlier this year, OCZ Technology moved its SSD manufacturing into a new facility in Taipei, Taiwan.
Couple of months passed and we were not surprised to read that the manufacturing facility received an ISO 9001: 2008 quality management certification. According to our sources, one of key reasons why OCZ drives had higher-than-industry-average failure rates (which ultimately are causing financial losses) was the lack of strict guidance and internal auditing in its manufacturing facility.
Given that the company allegedly spent good portion of its inventory (approx. $140 million) on acquiring Triple-Level-Cell (TLC) NAND Flash supplies for its upcoming solid state drives, it is obvious why the company needs to have its workers audited to the highest standard.
Will this help the company which consistently seeks a buyer, only time will tell. You can read the full press release below:
SAN JOSE, CA — (MARKETWIRE) — 07/30/12 — OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced that the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Taipei, Taiwan has achieved ISO 9001: 2008 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This independent certification from ISO demonstrates OCZ’s commitment to quality and reinforces that the company’s newly consolidated manufacturing facility has met ISO’s stringent qualifications.
The ISO 9001: 2008 standard was established by the ISO governing board and has become the most comprehensive standard on quality management and practices worldwide. It is designed to enable companies with a set of principles that ensure a consistent and systematic approach to manufacturing while providing high product quality and reliability, which in turn, translates to customer satisfaction.
"We are very pleased to have obtained ISO 9001: 2008 certification demonstrating that our manufacturing processes not only follow rigorous quality standards, but they are consistent with leading companies worldwide," said Jason Ruppert, Sr. Vice President of Operations for OCZ Technology. "This ISO certification provides our OEM customers with a validation that our manufacturing processes deliver high quality, reliable products, and a heightened user experience."
OCZ’s SSD products are assembled and tested in the new Taipei manufacturing facility. With this new state of the art facility, OCZ’s manufacturing capacity has increased to accommodate demand for both enterprise and client OCZ SSDs, and with ISO 9001: 2008 certification, expands OCZ’s ability to manufacture the highest quality products that customers expect.
About OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
Founded in 2002, San Jose, CA-based OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (OCZ) is a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of high-performance solid-state storage solutions and premium computer components. Offering the industry’s widest range of solid-state drives (SSDs), OCZ features SSDs in a variety of form factors and interfaces (i.e. PCIe, SAS and SATA) to address HDD replacement, SAN acceleration, server and storage virtualization, cloud computing, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) opportunities. Having developed firmware and controller platforms to virtualization and endurance extending technologies, the company delivers vertically integrated, customizable solutions enabling transformational approaches to how digital data is captured, stored, accessed, analyzed and leveraged across a wide range of client and enterprise applications. For more information, please visit: www.ocztechnology.com.