SOURCE: Bookham, Inc.

March 02, 2005 11:51 ET

Bookham's Commitment to Quality Recognised by Global Industry Standards Forum

Bookham, One of the First TL9000 Registered Optical Component Suppliers in Europe, Achieves Global TL9000 Approval

CASWELL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 2, 2005 -- Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is continuing its commitment to quality and standards by becoming a full member of the Quality Excellence for Suppliers of Telecoms (QuEST) forum, a unique global partnership of over 140 telecoms suppliers and service providers.

Bookham membership to the Forum -- a group committed to the continual improvement of the quality and reliability of telecoms products and services -- follows a global strategy to upgrade from the company's existing local site ISO9001:2000 Quality Management System standard to the requirements and measurements of the QuEST TL9000 approval. By gaining this approval, Bookham has now achieved a Global TL9000 Approval Certificate.

"Bookham is committed to being a leading global player in the telecoms market," said Chris Hawnt, corporate business and quality systems manager at Bookham. "As part of the QuEST Forum, Bookham will be at the forefront of developments in this vital sector, helping to define the telecommunications industry's leading global quality management system through the sharing of best practices in collaboration with its customers and competitors. Furthermore, the Global TL9000 certificate offers our customers further assurance that Bookham products and services are truly world-class."

TL9000 defines additional system requirements and measurements over and above ISO9001 for the design, development, production, delivery, installation and maintenance of telecom products and services and is a result of collaborative effort between customers and their suppliers. Bookham received its certificate at the Annual Global QuEST Forum, held last month in Tampa, Florida.

"The TL9000 Global certificate is a hard-won award that only truly world-class organisations can aspire to and we are pleased to see that a company as well-known as Bookham has shown such an ongoing commitment to reach this standard," said Don Pickens, chief operating officer at the QuEST Forum.

Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company's optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, China France and Italy; and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

More information on Bookham, Inc. is available at www.bookham.com

Bookham is a registered trademark of Bookham Technology plc.

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