At the annual Seahorse Club Awards held in London on December 4, Simon Duval Smith, Editor of Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain, collected the prestigious Supply Chain Journalist of the Year award. He was also shortlisted for the Feature Journalist of the Year and was highly commended with one other entrant, out of nine shortlisted entries.
The judges commented on Duval Smith’s articles on Ford’s finished vehicle finesse – detailing how the OEM is rationalising its product range in Europe and beyond and redesigning its production location strategy and the profound impact this has had on its finished vehicle distribution network. His study of the Mexico auto industry examined how the region’s low production costs and improving logistics links makes it a particularly attractive location for incoming OEMs. His in-depth report on BMW MINI Plant Oxford studied how high levels of vehicle customisation and supply chain and production complexity are balanced with geographically-challenging part sources and a heavily export-led outbound chain.
The judging panel remarked that the articles where insightful and well researched and reflected the complex yet critical nature of modern day, international supply chains and the role of transport and logistics companies in serving them. They said: “Simon drills down into all major areas very well, and advises what changes are out there and what existing players should think about doing. His obvious depth of research clearly shines through here and he manages to engage the reader well.”
Peter Wooding, CEO of Three6Zero, publishers of Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain and New Mobility websites and magazines, said: “I am delighted that Simon has won another award; he won the Automotive Business Writer of the Year in 2017 and this latest award is further affirmation of his industry knowledge and contacts, his editorial prowess and it is testament to the high standards that we strive for here in the editorial department at Three6Zero.”
Peter Ward, Chief Executive of UKWA UK Warehouse Association, presented the award.
At the awards event, held in the Worshipful Company of Glaziers home, Glaziers’ Hall, more than 150 members and guests of the Seahorse Club gathered to celebrate the achievements of journalists and editors working in the maritime, logistics, air, rail or supply chain sectors. Awards were presented by senior executives from air and shipping companies, and communications organisations.
Awards were made for several categories:
- The Seahorse Club Journalist of the Year
- International Editor
- News Journalist of the Year
- Feature Journalist of the Year
- Supply Chain Journalist of the Year
- Environmental Journalist of the Year
- Air Cargo Journalist of the Year
- Social Media Journalist of the Year
- Award for Journalism on Innovation
- The Investigative Campaign of the Year.
Founded in 1965, the Seahorse Club is a networking group for industry experts and journalists involved in marketing and communications in the maritime, logistics, air, rail or supply chain sectors.