Ten recipients and four finalists for the 2006 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing have been announced. The Shingo Prize is administered by the College of Business, Utah State University. The Prize is recognized as the premier manufacturing award in North America.

The 2006 Shingo Prize Recipients are:
Aspect Medical Systems, Newton, MA: The company's core product, BIS™ technology, measures the effect of anesthetics and sedatives on the brain. Product cost of goods has been reduced by more than 50% on products that generate more than 70% of Aspect's revenue.

Autoliv Promontory Facility, Promontory, UT: Autoliv produces more igniter material and gas generant for automotive applications annually than any other pyrotechnic facility in the world. This material is used to manufacture driver, passenger, side-impact and side-curtain airbags for North America, European and Asian markets.

Delphi Electronics & Safety, Milwaukee, WI: This plant is a supplier of automotive electronics, including Engine Control Units (ECU) and Truck Body Controllers (TBC). The employees of the Milwaukee plant have increased customer satisfaction while lowering customer returns by 65%.

Delphi Productos Delco de Chihuahua (Plant 58), Chihuahua, Mexico: Plant 58 is a Delphi Energy and Chassis facility, a division of Delphi Corp. Since starting operations in 1990, the Delphi Manufacturing System has guided the team of more than 500 employees to reach its goals on a lean-based system of manufacturing.

Delphi Plant 65, Queretaro, Mexico: Plant 65 is a 176,981 square-foot facility with 233 employees. Opening in 1996, it specializes in manufacturing automotive components such as Rack & Pinion Gears, which help provide directional control, road feedback and stability for the driver.

Delphi Steering Systems, Alambrados y Circuitos Electricos IX (ACE IX) Plant 66, Queretaro, Mexico: Plant 66 is part of Delphi Steering. It is an 83,000 square-foot facility that focuses on manufacturing steering columns, halfshafts, and intermediate shafts for various automotive customers.

dj Orthopedics, Inc., Vista CA: dj Orthopedics is a global medical device company specializing in rehabilitation and regeneration products, including the DonJoy® Defiance® knee braces and FDA approved bone growth regeneration devices.

Methode Mexico, Apodaca, Mexico: This location manufacturers the weight sensor bladder product, which is a component of a Passenger Occupant Detection System designed to reduce airbag induced injuries.

Steelcase Inc., City of Industry, CA: Steelcase's product lines include panels, storage units, desks and seating for contract office furniture. The plant had a unique opportunity to implement lean principals when they moved from a one-million square-foot facility to a new 450,000 facility.

T1 Automotive, Mexico City, Mexico: T1 Automotive continues as an industry leader in the production of fluid carrying systems for fuel, braking and powertrain applications to automakers worldwide.

Finalists for the Shingo Prize include: Freudengerg-NOK, Components Plant, Bristol, NH; John Deere, Power Products, Greeneville, TN; Rockwell Collins, Coralville Operations, Coralville, IA; and Scotsman Ice Systems, Fairfax Operation, Fairfax, SC.