HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, today announces its global headquarters' certification to the AS9120 quality standard. This certification recognizes Smith's high standards for traceability and control of records, and its ability to evidence conformance to the aerospace industry's stringent security and dependability needs.
"The AS9120 certification reflects our support of the aerospace industry through our careful focus on all areas affecting safety and reliability," said Chris Dang, Smith's Director of Global Quality Control. "With the strong backing of our SmithSecure framework ensuring that customers receive top quality products and services, coupled with our stringent vendor evaluation system, we are in a key position to provide the expert sourcing, testing, and handling that meet our aerospace customers' needs for consistent quality with flow down reporting."
Flexibly meeting the specialized requirements of customers in an array of industries is part of what has kept Smith leading its industry for years. This latest certification underscores Smith's dedication to continuously improving internal quality management processes and procedures. Beyond aerospace, AS9120 speaks directly to the level of quality that Smith has attained and consistently provides to its customers, regardless of market sector.
"We see the need for precision at the heart of aerospace companies' requirements," said Matthew Hartzell, Smith's Chief Operating Officer. "Traceability and record control are absolutely vital to ensure the quality of our parts and processes, and specific aerospace requirements raise these quality needs to an even higher level. With expert inspectors and laboratories that provide testing accuracy, reliability, and repeatability, we are able to consistently meet these needs."
About Smith & Associates
Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $500 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Denver, and Penang. For more information, see http://www.smithweb.com/ or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.