Infineon Conferred Globally Recognized Logistics Award
Neubiberg, Germany – October 26, 2010 – Infineon Technologies has been conferred the Global Award for Supply Chain Excellence by the renowned Supply Chain Council (SCC) in recognition of outstanding contributions towards logistics process improvement. Furthermore, Infineon has also received the Award for Supply Chain Operational Excellence. Both awards honor the successful reorganization of the company’s global supply chain within a period of only 18 months. The awards ceremony was held yesterday during the Supply Chain World Europe conference in Munich. Joe Francis, Chief Technology Officer of the SCC, presented the awards to Hans Ehm, Head of Supply Chain Innovations, Infineon Technologies AG.
“The Global Award for Supply Chain Excellence and our success in the Operational Excellence category make us proud and acknowledge our logistics achievements. Supply chain management will have an ever-increasing impact on competition – not just in the semiconductor industry – and Infineon already ranks among the best in this field,” said Hans Ehm. Infineon has a global supply chain encompassing hundreds of suppliers and customers. In addition, the semiconductor manufacturer faces various industry-specific challenges: short product life cycles, manufacturing lead times of several months and short-term shifts in demand.
High flexibility for dynamic markets
In 2008 Infineon embarked on reorganizing the company’s entire supply chain on the basis of the SCC’s Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR model). The aim was to better the communication and coordination along the internal and external supply chain and thus to respond more flexibly to shifts in demand than the competition. The production planning is now designed as an integrated, intensely communicative process throughout Infineon’s supply chain. In the final analysis the outcome of the increased flexibility is that more orders can be processed.
Training for personnel
In the last two years some 500 members of Infineon’s staff have been undergoing training on the new processes in workshops and e-learning modules in the company’s own Supply Chain Academy. Furthermore, the company has partnered with the University of Limerick in Ireland to set up a diploma course with a view to pro¬moting the collaboration of research and industry, and to sharing knowledge that is well-founded in theory and proven in practice. “In recent years the importance of efficient supply chain management has gained massive momentum. Innovative products are a basic ‘must have’, but to succeed in the face of competition your supply chain has to respond quickly to constantly changing market requirements. Thanks to the Supply Chain Academy, we have set new standards in supply chain management at Infineon,” said Hans Ehm.
Further information on SCC and the Supply Chain Excellence Awards
The SCC has conferred the Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the three categories of Operational Excellence, Academic Excellence and Management Technology Excellence annually since 2001 in recognition of outstanding contributions to advancing the supply chain management body of knowledge. The best of the three award winners receives the Global Award for Supply Chain Excellence.
The SCC is a global non-profit association and the largest organization worldwide to address efficient supply chain design. The SCOR model specifically developed for the purpose and the associated tools let the nearly 1000 SCC member organizations determine, improve and compare the performance of their supply chain operations.
Further information on the SCC at www.supply-chain.org
Further information on the course in Limerick at http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Faculties/Science_%26_Engineering/Departments/Manufacturing_%26_Operations_Engineering/Courses/Undergraduate/SupplyChain
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility and security. In the 2009 fiscal year (ending September), the company reported sales of Euro 3.03 billion with approximately 25,650 employees worldwide. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
Further information is available at www.infineon.com
Hans Ehm, Head of Supply Chain Innovations, Infineon Technologies AG, accepted the award at the Supply Chain World Europe Conference in Munich.Hans_Ehm
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