August 2, 2012

Q in Gold Award from BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte: EPCOS temperature sensors achieve zero defects

TDK Corporation announces that EPCOS for the first time has received the “Q in Gold” quality award from the leading European household appliance maker, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH). With the Q in Gold award, BSH recognizes the outstanding quality of the EPCOS temperature sensors it incorporates into its induction cooktops at its plant in Montañana, Spain.

The main criterion for the award is meeting the high quality targets that BSH sets for its around 800 suppliers throughout Europe. The EPCOS NTC temperature sensors, which are manufactured at the Batam plant in Indonesia, achieved a defect rate of zero parts per million (ppm), far better than the present requirement of less than 50 ppm.

With sales of over EUR 9.6 billion and more than 45,000 employees worldwide, BSH ranks number one in the home appliance sector in Europe and number three globally.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's current product line includes passive components, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK today focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2012, TDK posted total sales of USD 9.9 billion and employed about 79,000 people worldwide.

About TDK-EPC Corporation

TDK-EPC Corporation, a TDK group company, is a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. TDK-EPC was founded in 2009 from the combination of the passive components business of TDK and the EPCOS Group. The portfolio includes ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites and inductors, magnets, high-frequency components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter products and modules, piezo and protection components, and sensors. The company markets the product brands TDK and EPCOS.

Further information on the products can be found under

Please forward reader inquiries to