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December 7th, 2012 | Thema: News
Thank you for the trusting cooperation over 30 months!
The BME has awarded Deutsche Bahn AG the BME Innovation Prize2012. In the picture from left: BME National Board Member and member of the jury Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas R. Voegele, BME Senior Managing Director Dr Holger Hildebrandt, Jörg Manegold, (Head of Procurement, Deutsche Bahn AG), Peter Hintze (Parliamentary State Secretary at BMWi), Dr Volker Kefer (Technical Director, Integrated Systems, Services and Infrastructure Director, Deutsche Bahn AG), Dr Kay-Uwe May (Head of Principles Procurement, Deutsche Bahn AG), Dr Jürgen Marquard (BME Chairman of the Board)
Berlin/Frankfurt am Main, 7.11.2012 The Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME, or German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics) has awarded Deutsche Bahn the prestigious “BME Innovation Prize 2012″. The presentation took place in Berlin on 7 November 2012 during the 47th BME Symposium Purchasing and Logistics. At this year’s BME Symposium 2,200 participants discussed innovative procurement strategies at Europe’s largest purchasers’ summit from 7 to 9 November.
Deutsche Bahn received the prize for its innovative, holistic change concept in group purchasing. With this “Programme to Excellence”, development from a simple processor of procurement orders to an in-demand business partner with clear costs and results responsibility succeeded. This systematic programme was initiated in 2007 and was largely completed in spring 2012.
As part of the “Excellence Programme” important instruments and methods had to be built up in group purchasing and linked with innovative approaches. This includes continuous supplier management and reducing the number of creditors while simultaneously increasing master data quality. The programme also includes regular benchmark analyses for costs and setting price forecasts for the group. Furthermore, group-wide rules were introduced to create savings in procurement with IT support. Applying auctions and game theories to specific award processes are also part of the package of measures as well as introducing formalised quality milestones in all relevant groups of goods. Career paths and a qualification programme were drawn up for the 900 employees. The overall concept has improved the quality and reliability of the rail company’s system. Thus, for example, the time required for maintenance stops has been markedly reduced through the significantly increased material availability. The results effects of the programme amount to more than 100 million euros. Group purchasing has formulated further development steps for the period up to 2016 and up to 2020.
“With this programme we have completed an important role change for purchasing within Deutsche Bahn. Purchasing will no longer be seen as a costs factor but it is an acting partner on an equal footing with a contribution to results for the group. The innovation prize is the confirmation of a successful process. This award makes us proud and is simultaneously an obligation,” explained DB Technology and Infrastructure Director Dr Volker Kefer.
Dr Jürgen Marquard, BME Chairman of the Board and jury spokesman: “Deutsche Bahn has managed to dynamically design a far reaching change management process successfully over a longer period of time. Here it was not just about identifying cost drivers, making supply chains transparent, binding suppliers and securing sustainability. The jury was also convinced that a group with such a complex structure succeeded in an exemplary manner in convincing staff of the necessity of a transformation process and making them fit for the requirements of modern procurement through corresponding measures.”
“Learn from the best!” – that’s the motto of the Automotive Lean Production Awards, presented every year by the trade journal Automobilproduktion in cooperation with Agamus Consult, a subsidiary of the ConMoto Consultung Group. Prizes are awarded to the best performers in the five categories “International SME”, “International Group”, “OEM”, “Excellent Overall System” and “Best Value Creation Chain”. The winners of the prestigious prize are the victors from a field of businesses that have adopted the European benchmark in lean production.
This year the awards ceremony and accompanying congress Automotive Lean Production 2011 is taking place in the BMW World Munich on 22 and 23 November 2011. Dr. Herbert Diess, the BMW member of the board responsible for purchasing and supplier networks, will open the conference. Dr. Shuhei Toyoda, CEO & President Toyota Boshoku Corporation, will speak as the main supplier lecturer.
January 31st, 2011 | Thema: News
by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas R. Voegele
The turbulent times of today are characterised by a global financial and economic crisis as well as intensive corporate governance and compliance discussions. These factors in particular strengthen the significance of cooperation based on partnership within the whole value creation network. Because the pressure is growing on all market participants. Greater product and process complexities, rising costs, shorter times-to-market and thus reaction times and quicker adaptability in thought and deed. And both the manufacturing sector and retail as well as service providers are called on here. Furthermore, globalisation cannot be thrown into reverse, even in difficult economic times. The upcoming challenges are not least reflected in the changing demands made on corporate employees too. read more [...]