Logistics solution provider CHEP and automotive supplier Eberspächer recently received the prestigious award for Product Innovation at the fifth Automotive Global Awards for supply chain. Voted for by senior industry peers, CHEP and Eberspächer accepted the award for the development of a new, efficient packaging solution designed to significantly optimise Eberspächer’s intercontinental supply chain.
The solution uses CHEP’s IcoQube™ platform, a reusable foldable plastic sleeve-pack container specially engineered for intercontinental sea freight flows. This solution replaces disposable packaging to eliminate waste, improve transport efficiency, minimize contamination and improve product protection while reducing cost and the impact on the environment.
The innovative solution is now being rolled out across Eberspächer’s global supply chain and demonstrates the best-in-class power of collaboration, innovation and sharing.
The award was accepted by CHEP’s Automotive and Industrial Solutions European Vice President, David Mayo. ‘This award shows that sharing pays off,” Mayo commented. “Not only in the sense of new efficiencies and financial benefits, but also in mutual understanding and the ability to grow together. This is a great opportunity that has value throughout the supply chain and one that we can share with many more customers around the world.”
Mayo was joined by Eberspächer’s Director Global Logistics, Oliver Hermes. “The award is a great achievement for both our companies,” stated Hermes. “We were the first global customer to use CHEP’s intercontinental returnable packaging, and it is now very important for us to launch the program on a global scale, not just internally but with major OEMs, too.”
CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions has worked with over 3000 customers including the top OEM and Tier 1 brands globally since 1986. With its environmentally friendly, cost-saving, multi-user shared container pooling service, CHEP reduces the total supply chain cost per part, while improving the efficiency and carbon footprint for its customers.
The Eberspaecher Group is one of the world´s leading system developers and suppliers of exhaust technology, vehicle heaters and bus air conditioning systems. Eberspaecher is also a professional innovation partner for the automotive industry in air conditioning of special-purpose vehicles and in automotive electronics. Customers include almost all European and North American, and increasingly more Asian manufacturers of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. In 2015, the internationally positioned group, with more than 8,600 employees, posted sales of around 4.4 billion Euros.
CHEP & Eberspächer were two of only 18 companies and individuals recognised for their work and achievements, leading the way in industry solutions.