Kimball Electronics Receives 2011 ‘Excellent Supplier Award’ From BWI Group; Honor Recognizes Manufacturing And Delivery Performance

Kimball Electronics Group has been named recipient of the 2011 “Excellent Supplier Award” by BWI Group, an automotive electronics assembly supplier focusing on brake and suspension systems for passenger vehicles. The award was recently announced and presented to Kimball management during the annual BWI Supplier Day meeting in Shanghai. Kimball Electronics Group (KEG), a subsidiary of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), is a global, top-twenty-ranked contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics for the automotive industry.

The BWI Excellent Supplier Award is based on manufacturing and delivery performance of the supplier. Kimball Electronics Group supplies electronic assemblies to BWI Group, headquartered in Beijing, China, from its Kimball Electronics-China facility, located in Nanjing.

“Cooperation, fast response, delivery, quality, outstanding contributions, and supplier excellence are characteristics we look at when dealing with our supply base,” stated Thomas Bramer, Global Purchasing Director, Brakes Product Line-BWI Group. “It is those characteristics that I hope everyone strives to achieve. We want suppliers who are determined to grow with us. We are looking for partners,” added Bramer. “I am grateful and proud to recognize Kimball Electronics-Nanjing as a supplier who demonstrates those characteristics.”

David Yang, China Purchasing Manager, Brakes Product Line for BWI Group, explained the performance and execution demonstrated by the Kimball Electronics-China facility and employees. “In 2011, Kimball Electronics – China executed the manufacturing and delivery of good quality parts on time, according to BWI-Shanghai’s schedule, with excellent results,” said Yang. “Kimball Electronics (Nanjing) has a young and energetic team who is quick to provide feedback regarding customers’ requirements. Kimball has demonstrated the capability to adapt to the changing market in the two years since the project launched in 2010.”

“With this recognition, we are confident BWI will be a long term partner,” said Bright Zhu, Program Manager, Kimball Electronics (Nanjing)-China. “With our similar working style, dedicated team members, and quality performance, plus this award, we can show our success with BWI to potential customers to win their business as well.”

Previously, in 2010, Kimball Electronics-Nanjing was honored by BWI with the only “Outstanding Contribution Supplier” award in recognition of the Kimball team’s dedication and efforts to meet BWI’s requirements.

About Kimball Electronics:

Kimball Electronics Group is a global contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics for the medical, automotive, industrial and public safety markets. Kimball Electronics Group is well recognized by customers and industry trade publications for its excellent quality, reliability and innovative service. Kimball Electronics Group has manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Thailand, Poland, and China. Kimball Electronics Group is a business unit of Kimball International, a $1.2 billion dollar publicly held company headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.

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About BWI Corporation:

BWI Group, a Beijing-based multi-national original equipment manufacturer, is a full service supplier of chassis, suspension, and brake products. The Company’s people, technical centers, manufacturing plants and intellectual property enables BWI to bring to market a legacy of producing brake and suspension components, modules and systems for over 80 years. This gives BWI a unique perspective to find the right product solution for customers. From synthesis and analysis of an entire chassis system, to suspension and brake prototypes, BWI has the experience and knowledge to weigh both the theoretical and real-world factors for successful customer-specific designs and applications.

For more information, visit the Company’s website at:

About Kimball International:

Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company’s success through personal, professional and financial growth.

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the Company’s family of brand names.

To learn more about Kimball International, Inc., visit the Company’s website at:

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