Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards

The Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards 2014 took place on the evening of 12 November, highlighting outstanding achievements in the automotive industry's logistics and supply chain.

Held at London’s prestigious Claridges hotel close to 200 senior automotive executives from around the world gathered to celebrate success stories in the sector.

The awards recognised the outstanding contributions to the supply chain and logistics sector in the global automotive industry, an area that doesn’t receive the attention that it deserves, a sentiment reinforced by Peter Wooding, CEO of Three Six Zero, publishers of Automotive Supply Chain magazine: “The awards are to recognise and celebrate your achievements in one of the most important and critical sectors within the automotive industry.

“It is a pleasure for me to work with so many great people, I find you inspirational. You don't do a good job, you do a great job, a lot of which goes unrewarded.”

Due to unforeseen circumstances Bo Andersson, CEO of AvtoVAZ, the event’s keynote speaker, was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent a warm and thoughtful video message.

In the video, Andersson said: “This is my favourite event of the year. Unfortunately I cannot be with you in person because of some unforeseen events. It is my honour to be a part of this celebration and thank the best performers in the global supply chain awards. You make a difference by being lean, flexible and nimble. You have a lot of challenges that you overcome every day. Without a great supply chain on the inbound and outbound sides, the global automotive industry would not work.”

Awards were presented in the categories of : Third Party Logistics Company, Shipping Company, Road Transport Company, Rail Company, Terminal & Ports Operator, Aftermarket Parts Logistics, IT Innovation, Environmental Awareness, Logistics Quality, Most Supportive OEM, Purchasing Executive, Logistician of the year, Vehicle Processing Centre and leaders Silver and Gold Awards. The main award of the night was the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was presented to Ray MacDowall of ECM.

Peter Wooding thanked the judging panel who gave their time to select ‘the best of the best’ adding that judging the awards was not an easy job. The entries this year were extremely impressive and in quite a few categories, additional judges were brought in to help determine the winner.

 
Purchasing Executive

Lars Wrebo, Volvo Car Group

With fierce competition from many heads of procurement at major OEMs. The judges made the general comment that, with the new ownership of Volvo by the Chinese carmaker Geely, and the almost complete re-sourcing of the company’s flagship XC90 model, the global and technical challenges were some of the greatest seen in purchasing and that Lars Wrebo had shown such strong and also diplomatic leadership that he was the clear winner.

Lars Wrebo could not make it to the event and sent the Vice-President of Purchasing, Indirect & Powertrain, Anders Svensson who said: “I am honoured to collect this award for my colleague Lars Wrebo. Over the last one or two years, we have really changed the way we operate our whole supply chain, going from a very divided organisation with purchasing on one side, and logistics and supply chain on the other. Now, we are one joint team (a very large team) and we are making significant progress, using a much more holistic attitude and with fewer preconceived notions.”


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Environmental Awareness

Brit European

Brit European have designed and implemented new technology which has had a direct, and significant, impact on their carbon reduction. One judge commented: “As an industry we need these new technologies to emerge and we commend anyone who embraces the need for improvement in carbon reduction through new technology.”


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Logistician of the Year

Bernard Molloy, Unipart Logistics

Bernard is a well known and much loved figure in the industry, he is described first and foremost as an inspiration. His passion, energy and commitment to innovation make him an ideal role model for aspiring Logisticians. He is attributed to making a meaningful contribution to the success of British business through his passion for making a difference to supply chains around the world.


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Outstanding Achievement

Ray MacDowall | ECM (Vehicle Delivery Service ) Ltd

Ray has devoted his working life to the creation and growth of ECM which has become the largest privately-owned road transport company in the UK. Founded upon the principle of Best or Nothing, the ECM brand has become synonymous with Best Practice and remains an internationally acclaimed benchmark for quality.

Known for his personal qualities as a gentleman of the industry, he has also served as a Board Member of ECG for many years. The success of ECM is a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.


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Aftermarket Parts Logistics

TNT

Through consistent customer focus and commitment to reducing costs and eliminating waste from the supply chain, TNT have provide an invaluable service to its customer by delivering unbeatable road transit times across Europe, delivering both dealer and customer appreciation. TNT provide a direct ship solution for source warehouses thus reducing the levels of inventory needed close to market, and provide extensive geographic coverage without the need for caging during transport. One Judge attributed the win to “TNT’s willingness to discuss improvements with customers as well as the support offered to customers to analyse the impact of changes in their supply chain.”


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Rail Company

GEFCO

The unparalleled strength of GEFCO’s network, coupled with its experience and innovative approach in the sector has meant it is able to provide flexible, reliable and cost effective solutions to its clients within Europe and Asia. GEFCO’s has access to 200 European lines, 4,000 rail wagons and benefits from strong partnerships with combined operators to access existing networks, not least with the new shareholder RZD. One Judge commented that “Within the rail industry GEFCO has provided vitally important efficiency and optimisation of services to customers through its existing relationships, partnerships and investment in infrastructure.”


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Road Transport Company

GBA Group

Operating in the UK, GBA Transport, has been supporting OEM’s to reduce the severe lack of capacity in the industry and has addressed the issues of fleet utilisation and environmental impact, through the adoption of enhanced ‘Best Practice’ principles, implementation of enhanced route planning, improved communication channels and a focus on CO2 reduction. The Group have shown a continual investment into staff training, which has resulted in a 0.04% sickness rate and damage free delivery ratio of 99.89%. A Judge commented: “GBA has demonstrated its core ethos of delivering service excellence through its investment in their staff’s development and knowledge.”


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Shipping Company

Maersk Line

Maersk Line continues to drive sustainability in shipping by cutting emissions and helping their customers lessen the impact of their supply chains. The introduction of Triple E ships in 2013 and 2014 have set new standards on energy efficiency, while the Group’s existing fleet is being retrofitted with new technologies to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance. In 2013 Maersk Line reduced CO2 by 12% in the same year that it grew by 4.1%. One Judge commented: “ Maersk Lines reliability, innovation and commitment to exceeding customer expectations is testament to what makes them a carrier of choice for many of the world’s automotive manufacturers.”


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Shipping Company

Maersk Line

Maersk Line continues to drive sustainability in shipping by cutting emissions and helping their customers lessen the impact of their supply chains. The introduction of Triple E ships in 2013 and 2014 have set new standards on energy efficiency, while the Group’s existing fleet is being retrofitted with new technologies to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance. In 2013 Maersk Line reduced CO2 by 12% in the same year that it grew by 4.1%. One Judge commented: “ Maersk Lines reliability, innovation and commitment to exceeding customer expectations is testament to what makes them a carrier of choice for many of the world’s automotive manufacturers.”


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Vehicle Processing Centre

Groupe CAT

To win the award for Vehicle Processing Centre for two consecutive years is no easy feat. Groupe CAT’s 2014 entry highlighted their positive relationship and processing excellence at its Southampton and Thorne Centres for Renault-Nissan-Alliance and BMW UK, demonstrating agility and flexibility to support the operational diversification manufacturers need for their business streams and client profile.

One Judge commented : “Groupe Cat have proven themselves to be Vehicle Logistics and Technical Services Specialists.”

“This year’s awards received some very high quality global entries. I am delighted that not only was Groupe CAT shortlisted as finalists in three categories, but also that we were selected for a consecutive second year in the Vehicle Processing Centre Award. It is a great testament to the support and belief our customers have in us as technical services specialists. This has been a real customer and supplier partnership that has been driven from the ground floor. I am confident that our entry success was down to the strength of the team’s flexibility and agility which they give each day to our customers and their clients. Our continual and consistent achievements of performance targets on quality, on service and on cost, mean we demand “first class” in everything we do. I would not be here accepting an award if I did not have a skilled team of people at Groupe CAT, so this is a tribute to them and the dedication and commitment they give each day" said Stuart Warren, International Development Director and Managing Director UK.


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Gold Award

Awais Ajmal | Kia Motors

Awais Ajmal has demonstrated extensive knowledge of the entire supply chain shown through his leadership, innovation and ultimately Kia’s growth. Awais leads his team to achieve success which is evident through their peers and customers voting KIA as the Most Supportive OEM at the 2013 Automotive Supply Chain awards.


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Silver Award

Lukasz Szutenberg | Adampol

Lukasz is an inspiring young man with a clear and undoubted passion for transport and logistics whose dedication and determination as well as excellent planning and great ideas may change the face of logistics not only in his home country but across Europe. He has already created an alternative logistic solution for Mazda which is in use today.


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Third Party Logistics Company

DHL Supply Chain

DHL’s strength has been built upon their ability to create collaborative solutions between manufacturers and tier suppliers which make supply chains more agile and allows customers to focus on core business objectives. A judged commented: “DHL and Jaguar Land Rover are doing what a truly excellent 3PL partner should do. They are sharing the burden, enabling growth, avoiding manufacturing site real estate investment and improving combined space utilisation. Productivity gains and process improvement have facilitated progressively incremental activity transfer and benefit. It’s a great customer complexity containment and enabler to the benefit of Jaguar Land Rover and their consumers.”


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Logistics Quality - in association with Sevatas

ECM (Vehicle Delivery Service) Ltd.

Founded upon the principle of Best or Nothing, the ECM brand has become synonymous with Best Practice and remains an internationally acclaimed benchmark for quality. A judge concluded: “ECM demonstrated, with clear evidence, that they have been committed to improving quality standards not only internally within their business but also externally through proactive engagement with their clients, competitors and industry bodies across the automotive supply chain.”


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Terminals and Ports Operators

GBA Group of Companies

GBA operates vehicle terminals and processing facilities throughout the UK, covering in excess of 740 acres and handling in excess of 1,600,000 vehicles per annum. GBA’s commitment to providing quality end to end logistics services to its customers has seen it attract additional business at numerous ports, inland terminals and vehicle manufacturing facilities. In the last 12 months GBA has extended their existing capabilities by establishing facilities for Volkswagen at Sheerness and Honda in Southampton. One Judge commented: “What sets GBA aside is the passion they have for the job.” 


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IT Innovation

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. With Yusen Logistics

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd with Yusen Logistics have enjoyed a long relationship since the first Carina rolled off the line at Burnaston and ultimately longer, since parent company NYK shipped the machinery for the plant in 1989. The long standing, highly successful relationship between the two companies is testament to their successful system at Burnaston, where they have reduced costs, minimised waste and maximised efficiency. The passion for efficiency and continued innovation from Yusen and Toyota was evident to the judges through their entry, and unparalleled, consistent results. The judges said: "This is an example of the positive results that can be achieved through a true collaboration. Yusen and Toyota have already displayed signs both of positive synergy and that the future holds great scope."


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Most Supportive OEM

Jaguar Land Rover

Due to the anonymous voting system used to judge this award, there are no specific comments from any judges but Sam Ogle, Editor of Automotive Supply Chain magazine pointed to the organisation of JLR’s purchasing and logistics operations as probably being a deciding factor in the voting: “A global outlook with great local support in all the regions that the OEM operates in, really helping nurture suppliers and logistics providers follow and benefit from JLR’s expansion.”David Dyke, Global Material Planning & Logistics Director, Jaguar Land Rover said: “To win the award again is wonderful. It’s a great recognition of what we at JLR are trying to do - to be recognised by the people, the suppliers and the partners that we work with; to stretch our business, but whilst we are doing this, working with the people we partner with to deliver excellence in everything we do.”


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