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Buhler Distinguished for Supply Chain Management

12.03.2007 The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology ITP has distinguished the five best European companies in their respective industries for their excellence in supply chain management. Buhler was awarded the renowned distinction in the plant and equipment supplier category. Buhler received the “Successful Practice in Purchasing 2007” award in Leverkusen, Germany, on March 8, 2007 for its above-average performance in the field of supply chain management together with BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Nokia Networks, and ZF Friedrichshafen.

Showing successful examples from practice
A total of 115 companies from all over Europe took part in the study on “Consortial Benchmarking in Purchasing” organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology. The project lasted some eight months. Its purpose was to identify successful approaches to procurement and to highlight the best companies as “Successful Practices.” Together with an eight-company industrial consortium, the jury from the Fraunhofer Institute conducted detailed surveys with the individual companies and toured their facilities. During their on-site visit to Uzwil, the panel ascertained the processes and quality of Buhler’s supply chain organization.

A centralized corporate unit
Procurement and logistics are centralized corporate units. A carefully organized and managed supply chain will have a direct impact on the commercial result of a company. The procurement volume of Buhler over the past few years amounted to about 40 percent of total sales (turnover) of CHF 1.6 billion. One of the tools that allowed this success to be achieved is the centralized management of the entire global supply chain network. Albrecht Hänel, head of Buhler Corporate Supply Chain Management, says of the vision of the Buhler CSM system: “Our aim is to promote the development, management, and transformation of our global procurement network in order to contribute substantially to the competitiveness, growth, and commercial success of the Buhler Group.”

Sascha Klappert, Head of Technology Management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (right), presents the award for the best procurement organization in the plant and equipment supplier category to Albrecht Hänel, Head Corporate Supply Chain Management at Buhler (center), and Christian Zöllner, Head Supply Chain Management Buhler Braunschweig (left). Sascha Klappert, Head of Technology Management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (right), presents the award for the best procurement organization in the plant and equipment supplier category to Albrecht Hänel, Head Corporate Supply Chain Management at Buhler (center), and Christian Zöllner, Head Supply Chain Management Buhler Braunschweig (left).