Close collaboration with strategic suppliers is a key success factor for Henkel Adhesive Technologies to continuously drive powerful innovations and provide best-in-class service to its customers. Thus the Henkel business unit annually recognises outstanding performance by its partners and suppliers with three awards in the categories "Supply Performanc", "Supplier Innovation" and "Supplier Sustainability".
Henkel Adhesive Technologies develops tailor-made products for its customers by cooperating closely with raw materials suppliers and integrating their external know-how and experience to strengthen its innovation capabilities. To underline the importance of these partnerships the business unit annually recognises strategic partners that delivered superior service with regard to general supplier performance, innovation and sustainability.
During this years' award ceremony held in Düsseldorf in mid-November, Mike Olosky, Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Head of Innovation and New Business Development at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, explained: "Strategically directed programs and joint R&D projects with strategic suppliers enable us to gain early access to our partners' latest innovations. The close and trustful collaboration with our partners allows us to incorporate our requirements at a very early stage in the development process, and meet the specific needs of our customers in the best possible way."
Bertrand ConquÃ©ret, President Global Supply Chain and Corporate Senior Vice President Purchasing at Henkel explains: "Being in open and direct contact and cooperation with the senior management teams of our strategic suppliers fosters our ambition to deliver together best in class customer service leveraging team expertise, continuous improvement and leadership. Together we strive to deliver excellence in supply performance, innovation and sustainability generating differentiated competitive edge and answers to the needs of our customers throughout the entire value chain."
Supply Performance Award: Dow Corning
In recognition of the efforts to improve the overall supply chain, Henkel has presented its Supplier Excellence Performance Award to Dow Corning, a global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation. Dow Corning delivered in 2015 an excellent service level performance thanks to a dedicated and professional team. In addition, throughout a tight supply situation Dow corning provided full volume support to Henkel allowing to maintain the end to end supply chain & operations. Henkel also recognised Dow Corning for proactively enhancing the understanding of market developments.
Supplier Innovation Award: Kaneka
In recognition of the close and successful collaboration, Henkel presented its Supplier Innovation Award for the second consecutive year to Kaneka, a Japanese technology-oriented company that provides a broad range of specialty polymers for a variety of industrial applications. Through the joint collaboration in Germany, the United States, and Asia, Kaneka gives Henkel early access to its latest developments which results in a strong project portfolio for specifically tailored polymers in support of our newest products for liquid gasket and sealant applications for the automotive, electronics and industrial markets.
Sustainability Award: Covestro
Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience and legally independent since September 1, 2015, is a supplier of high-value polymers. The company received the Sustainability Award from Henkel for its ongoing efforts to contribute to the sustainable Henkel product pipeline and for outperformed deliveries in Life Cycle Assessment. Covestro develops and manufactures materials which enable Henkel to extend its business for instance in sustainable wood engineering. In addition, Covestro offers bio-based materials for industrial applications with global footprint to support Henkel's innovative product range.
For further information about the supplier awards please visit www.henkel.com.