The fifth Automotive Global Awards for Supply Chain welcomed automotive industry executives at the celebrated black tie event to acknowledge superb performance for every winner and nominee. Amidst the Art Deco splendour of one of London’s finest hotels, the awards delivered their promise of fine food, great entertainment and opulent surroundings.
The award for Product Innovation was won by CHEP & Eberspächer for their collaborative work in developing an innovative system that significantly optimises the intercontinental logistics of Eberspächer by exploiting CHEP pooling advantages with respect to sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
The reusable IcoQube, specially developed for these tasks, replaces disposable packaging and is already showing significant success on the first implemented routes. On the basis of the positive results in the first year, the system is being transferred gradually to further routes, and suppliers are also being incorporated into the process chain.
This automotive reusable packaging solution is a best-in-class example of how the world is learning about the power of sharing – and reaping the rewards through reductions in the total cost of ownership. The Award was received by CHEP’s European Vice President, David Mayo who said: “What this award shows is that the reality of sharing pays off. Not only in the sense of financial benefits, but in the level of mutual understanding and developing the capabilities to grow together. This spreads beyond us, affecting the entire supply chain, which gives us the opportunity to continue to share with other companies in the world.” He was joined by Eberspächer’s Oliver Hermes who added: “The award is a great achievement for both of our companies. We are the first global customer with intercontinental returnable packaging for CHEP, and for us it is now very important to launch the programme on a global scale, not just with us but with major OEMs.”