The third Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards will be held in the luxurious surroundings of Claridges Hotel in London.
These awards will honour the top companies and individuals contributing to the modern automotive supply chain.
The 2013 Awards evening opened with a glittering drinks reception before the audience listened intently to a keynote address by 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award winner Bo Andersson, CEO of GAZ Group in Russia. Andersson took the subject of leadership as his theme and explained to a rapt audience how he had influenced GAZ Group's impressive performance over the last four years.
- Purchasing Executive
- Third Party Logistics
- Rail Company
- Road Transport Company
- Shipping Company
- Vehicle Processing Centre
- Aftermarket Parts Logistics
- Environmental Awareness
- Terminal and Ports Operator
- IT Innovation
- Most Supportive OEM
Christopher J. Connor
- Outstanding Achievement
T. Michael Riggs
- Bronze Leader
- Silver Leader
- Gold Leader
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Cengiz Kabatepe, Ford Otosan
The main success comes with better supply chain management,” said Cengiz Kabatepe in his acceptance speech. “Whoever manages his logistics better will be a few steps ahead of the rest. Kabatepe, now Purchasing Assistant General Manager, has spent a great deal of his lengthy career at Ford Otosan working in the supply chain arena. His nomination for the award took account of the restructuring of the Ford Transit supplier network following the transfer of production from Southampton to Turkey.
The Award was presented to Ian Holland, Regional General Manager at Yusen Logistics and Mick Fletcher, Site Manager at Yusen’s Tamworth facility. The Tamworth site was opened as a specialist automotive operation in July last yearand has proved to be a quality operation with 100% compliance from day one. It supports Jaguar Land Rover at its Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull plants as well as tier suppliers in the Midlands of England. Tamworth demonstrates an innovative approach to a specialist niche in the market, taking cost and complexity out of lengthy supply chains.
“It has been a significant challenge to set up the relay park operation, which is down to the people on site. The team at Tamworth have really developed good relationships – particularly with Jaguar Land Rover and the first tier suppliers and we’re very happy to grow that business,” said Ian Holland in his acceptance speech.
Ian Brown, Deputy Managing Director STVA UK and Simon Willard, General Manager STVA UK collected the Rail Company Award for the company’s ability to prove itself flexible to customer demand. The company re-engineered a customer’s service to deliver 15% more capacity whilst utilising the existing wagon pool. STVA delivered additional capacity for planned customer growth by devising wagon and train configurations to achieve an additional 5% capacity per train.
“We are very proud to accept this on behalf of all the UK team. Because really this is all about the team at STVA, we’re really just the representatives. They’ll be extremely proud, as we’re extremely proud and we’ll make sure that tomorrow it is fully communicated,” said Brown.
ECM (Vehicle Transport Service) Ltd.
In a category where the quality of submissions was very high, indicating how much good and innovative work is occurring within the industry, Ray MacDowell's success in leading the relaxing of the EU Cabotage rules carries wide-ranging benefits for customers, dealer networks, motor manufacturers and all participants in the vehicle supply chain.
“I’m very fortunate because I lead a team of really excellent management and staff with uncompromising values and that’s been demonstrated this year when our team managed to get the government to relax the cabotage restrictions on foreign car transporters working in the UK,” said MacDowall in his acceptance speech.
Numerous nominations referred to the company’s flexibility and its determination to perform in accordance with its customers’ requirements. Many others cited M.C.C.L.’s reliability and excellent understanding of the automotive sector. The company has rapidly increased its tonnage to meet customer demand and has adopted innovative ideas, such as the ‘door/door’ service, combining and cooperating with the entire transportation chain.
George Kavvadas, who set up M.C.C.L. Group, said: “I’ve been doing this job for 23 years and every day is so exciting that I’m sure I will be doing it for many more years. I’d like to share this award with the staff of M.C.C..L and the good friends who joined us today at this event – thank you very much.”
“Thank you to our teams. We have some of the managers here tonight representing them, but really we could not do what we do without the great support from all of our 600 plus people here in the UK and 3,000 plus across Europe, and they really are the rock of our company. Thank you for this award,” said Stuart Warren, Director for International Development, Managing Director UK Groupe CAT. Groupe CAT provides technical services at Thorne, Oxford, Bristol and Southampton to four OEM customers, all of whom have testified to the company’s operational efficiency and flexible approach.
The Unipart Logistics Global Control Centre has delivered a step change in customer service levels and supply chain performance for Jaguar Land Rover’s aftermarket sector. Customer backorders have more than halved, availability is consistently above 98% and the incidence of vehicles off the road reduced to 0.008%, the equivalent of fewer than 100 cars globally within a parc of 1.2 million vehicles. All this while reducing global inventory by 30% and achieving freight savings of £1.2 million.
“I’m delighted and honoured to receive this award on behalf of the Unipart team in recognition of the work we do managing end-to-end supply chains on a global basis,” said Mike Varnom, Managing Director.
“We are very fortunate to be working with some fantastic customers, particularly JLR globally but also McLaren automotive, Kia-Hyundai in the UK, Quoros in China, Tata and Toyota in India. They are very demanding, very challenging and forever forcing us to think about how we can continuously improve, not just to meet their expectations but to exceed them.”
ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH
The entry describes a true dedication to the reduction in Co2 emissions. It also shows the company's efforts, through staff buy-in, to put environmental improvements at the forefront of its activities. The company’s products conform to standards, have few harmful substances, are energy efficient, reliable and, above all, can be recycled.
“The core product that we produce – EC Motor technology – benefits a number of our customers in this room by a reduction in energy consumption in their product and an increase in performance. We really appreciate having that work recognised by such a panel. I’d like to congratulate the finalists and winners tonight and wish everyone a very successful and prosperous 2014,” said Gareth Jones, Managing Director.
The Adampol Malaszewicze terminal is situated on the route connecting Europe and Asia with access to both European and Russian rail networks. Adampol has demonstrated exceptional ability to work within the Russian import regulations and to efficiently facilitate the SKD processes leading to well-organised container handling and onward transport to Russia.
“The award will certainly increase awareness of our terminal in Małaszewicze in Poland within the automotive industry, as the central gate between Europe and Asia. Substantial investments in Małaszewicze – the SKD centre, container yard and rail terminal – are beneficial to our current and future customers,” said Jolanta Szczepanska, Head of Adampol SA UK Office.
Trubiquity’s web-based software platform, TRUcentrix, enables the automation of the Production Part Approval Process – a process many of the world’s largest OEMs still struggle with despite significant investments in existing IT systems. This PPAP automation has resulted in a 40% reduction in the average time spent collecting, managing and approving PPAP submissions.
Martyn Davies, Vice President receiving the award said, “We specialise in document collaboration, CAD data sharing and EDI so with every shipment you deal with, we’re the guys behind the scene, helping with the data that goes with the shipments that you’re processing for your customers. We’re in the same game – moving things around globally.”
This award was voted for by the industry rather than judged by the panel so when Awais Ajmal, Head of Supply Chain, Glynne Lockwood, Port Operations Manager and Paul Williams, Operations Manager took the stage on behalf of Hyundai-Kia they truly represented the voice of the industry.
“Thank you very much. It’s a bit of a shock but certainly a great honour for Hyundai-Kia group, and we’d like to thank all the people who voted for us. I’m speechless, but thank you very much,” said Ajmal.
Christopher J. Connor
WWL has grown to be a global leader in logistics, with a network that spans the globe over both land and sea. Chris Connor, appointed President and CEO earlier this year, has been a central member of the WWL executive team as well as Deputy CEO, making the company’s factory to dealer strategy a reality.
Paul Reeves, Managing Director, Head of Branch and Corporate Account Manager Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, collected the award on behalf of the Connor who said in a statement, “It takes a whole company to achieve the supply chain excellence that our customers expect us to deliver and this award really goes to all the great people at WWL in recognition of their work every day to uphold our mission to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. It’s a vote of confidence from our customers and a great encouragement for us.”
T. Michael Riggs
Michael Riggs, Chairman, Jack Cooper Holdings has an MBA from Harvard and began his career with General Motors, though he has since served as President of Active Car Haul, President of Automotive Carrier Services, CEO of Hook Up, a privately held truck transport company and CEO of JHT Holdings. Jack Cooper already has the largest active car carrier fleet in the US and the company is now expected to reach $1 billion in annual revenue in 2014.
“I am privileged to be in the company of such an audience and I hope to meet many of you as we now look to make acquisitions in Europe and Asia,” said Riggs. “We have managed to make Jack Cooper a family-held business. When I bought the company at its low point we set everything up in a generation-skipping trust. My three granddaughters and one grandson own as much of the company as I do and we want to send a signal to all our customers, our union partners and the industry in total that this is a generational company and I want it to be around when my four-year-old granddaughter is in the work force.”
Sabine Brosch, Kingston University
The youngest category embraces those who are currently completing studies or an apprenticeship in a key automotive field and this years’ Bronze winner is Sabine Brosch, age 23, a determined and able young engineer and welder who leads the Kingston University club team in building a race car.
“I feel honoured to receive this award, but I feel that it is really more of an award for Kingston University which offers very good degrees in automotive and motorsport engineering and I hope it will produce many more future entrants to the automotive industry,” she said after receiving her award from Steve Harley.
Katerina Bakali, Neptune Lines
The second category embraces the positive, forward-thinking people who have shown impressive progress since entering the workplace and continue to gain ground in their chosen profession. This years’ Silver winner is Katerina Bakali, age 25, a licensed second officer with Neptune Lines, who has already spent 17 months in service on board Neptune Kefalonia, a modern 3200 car-capacity ship...
“I am honoured to receive this award and I would like to thank Neptune Lines for giving me my opportunities,” she said after receiving her award from Steve Harley.
David Dyke, Jaguar Land Rover
David Dyke has held the position of Global Material Planning and Logistics Director at Jaguar Land Rover since 2009 after joining JLR in 1985, taking on increasingly important roles and responsibilities and demonstrating exceptional talent and skill in his senior leadership position.
“It’s a real honour for me to receive this. I think it’s important because logistics is often forgotten. There are many great companies in the world but I think the challenge is that all those great companies need even greater logistics people and many of you are here today. Let’s continue to make our companies and our customers proud. Thank you very much,” said Dyke.×