On October 4th the Belgian logistics associations VIB and ABCAL held their annual gala event to announce the winner of the Supply Chain Award – Project of the Year 2006.
The event took place at the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels and the link between art and the supply chain was emphasised throughout the programme.
After a welcome from Guido Lamote, president of VIB, and Marc Courtejoie, president of ABCAL, the programme started with a talk entitled ‘Supply chain and finance: bound to get married’ by Kris Timmermans, partner, global supply chain management service line and leader of the European sourcing and procurement practice of sponsor Accenture.
In the afternoon the four finalists presented their projects to the audience. The finalists were:
- Alstom: Outsourcing in the sheet metal work process
- Borealis: Using the SCOR model in a collaborative sourcing scenario
- Europal: Value creation through TCO in the extended supply chain
- Nike: Logistics capacity and service optimisation.
At the award ceremony, anchor man Rob van der Spek spoke on the theme ‘Doing business in Europe is no picnic’. With humour and realism hedrew a picture of the difficulties of dealing with many trading cultures. Peter Heller, president of the professional jury, then introduced the finalists to the audience. He explained what merits the jury appreciated in each project, and how they decided on the winner. Finally, Marc Courtejoie, president of ABCAL, announced the victor. It was Borealis.
In Borealis’ project, Degussa and Borealis were looking for opportunities to spark a deeper business relationship. They came up with the idea of driving a shared supply chain improvement and collaboration project using SCOR methodology.
Now this initiative is up and running, the management of both companies say it opened the door to an even closer strategic relationship that should lead to joint innovation when it comes to products.
The award was accepted by Nando Galazzo, vp procurement of Borealis Group.