Alstom Featured in Industry-Leading Publication, Australia's Best

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Alstom Australia have been featured in the industry-heavyweight publication, Australia's Best. The edition of the popular magazine, Australia's Best Manufacturing, was released in July 2008 and features an in-depth interview with Jantine Boers.

Alstom (Australia) was selected for inclusion in the popular series of 'Australia's Best' publications, together with an in-depth interview with Jantine Boers, the Procurement and Contracts Manager.

Alstom is a world leader in Energy Infrastructure and Rail Transport. On a global scale, they employ about 70,000 people in more than 70 countries with a turnover of more than $AUD 24 Billion and a market capitalisation of $AUD 35 Billion. This exclusive article appeared in Australia's Best Manufacturing - July 2008.

Through close collaboration with their supply chain, Alstom is able to provide an optimal flow of materials from their local and global manufacturers to their customers within the order delivery lead-time and within budget.

The success of Alstom is influenced by the efficiency of its supply chain and its ability to react to last minute change quickly.

Through close working relationships and the development of frame agreements with their key suppliers including freight forwarders, transport companies, courier services, plant hire companies, fabricators and scaffolding suppliers Alstom is able to provide the best possible solution for delivering our products and services on time and within budget.

"Our project's successes are dependent on carefully planned JIT deliveries, which sometimes involve utilisation of multi-modal transportation of items that from one end of the scale encompass huge volume and tonnage, to those that are sensitive to the elements - particularly conditions involving moisture, heat, shock or excessive movement during transport," explains Jantine Boers, the Procurement and Contracts Manager.

"We depend on supply chain service providers that have project management expertise, a wide range of specialist materials handling equipment, are flexible enough to cope with last minute changes and are innovative in their approach to providing solutions in the most challenging of situations. To achieve this, our supply chain service providers must have a global presence as well as a local one."

The key role Alstom's suppliers play in their success is their ability to understand what the Customer's requirements are and to deliver these requirements in accordance with Alstom's strict quality, cost and delivery criteria.

"Our objective in this context is to always be open to new ideas and innovative solutions our suppliers may have to meet our requirements," says Boers. "We believe that through collaboration with our suppliers, we are more likely to reach our objectives through a mutual understanding and commitment. Strategic partnering involves the negotiation of frame agreements with our key suppliers. This involves a careful selection process to determine the most suitable supplier."

"Our overall goal within Alstom Australia is to have an efficient, skilful and timely procurement process that is well respected both internally and externally. Developing effective partnerships with our supply chain will positively impact our operational efficiencies and cost effectiveness and in this context maintain our customer service levels."
Peter Bounsall (Logistics Director).

Key suppliers to Alstom include Fracht, Work and Training, Bohler, Vesuvius and A1 Metallising.

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