Keeping the wheels of industry turning

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The motor industry has been at the forefront in the development of sophisticated supply chain concepts. Just-in-time deliveries and bespoke sequencing centres have both been refined in the industry.

And the demands of the aerospace sector put particular pressure on supply chains. For example, the cost of keeping a Boeing 747 grounded for want of a part is huge.

So it is not surprising that over the years some of the most exciting entries in the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards have come from companies in the Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial category.

Last year for example, The Eurocopter Group was shortlisted. Its entry was based on a new logistics centre located in Germany, capable of achieving spare parts delivery to anywhere in the world within 24 hours.

Nevertheless, the winner in this category came from the paper and packaging sector. Mondi was considered by the judges to be the only company in the category that demonstrated that it had a truly end-to-end solution. “What they have done that is really innovative for their sector is that they have defined customer classes and integrated with specific customers more deeply,” said the judges.

Which just goes to show that it is all to play for in the 2009 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards organised by Supply Chain Standard in partnership with consultancy PRTM.

The awards web site is open and the deadline for entries is 5th June so there are just eight weeks to prepare your entry.

The awards are split into a number of categories – sector awards covering the key areas of trade and industry, and business process awards that recognise excellence in specific supply chain functions.

Industry Sector Awards

* Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial

* Fashion, Apparel and Luxury Goods

* Grocery and General Retail

* Hi-Tech, Communications and Electronics

* Public Sector, Services and Utilities

* Pharmaceuticals, Health and Personal Care

Business Process Awards

* Environmental Improvement

* Logistics and Fulfilment

* Sourcing and Procurement

* Supply Chain Innovation and Improvement

* Customer Service and Support

Recognition Awards

* Team of the Year

* Individual Contribution

The awards are presented at a glittering dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel before an audience of more than 450 industry leaders. This year the dinner will take place on 12th November.

To enter you first need to register at the Awards web site. You can then download an entry form and start the entry process. You can also find out more about the companies that won Awards last year. The web site address is:

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