East Midlands manufacturers and suppliers collaborate to form best practice group

19 November 2014

Toyota, Bombardier Transport and East Midlands Trains (EMT) are among the major organisations behind an East Midlands Collaborative Purchasing Group (CPG) that aims to share supply chain expertise with local companies.

With a focus on indirect services purchasing, such as facilities management and contractors, the group will develop a knowledge-based portal and benchmarking process to improve quality, safety and performance in supply chains. It aims to improve the supply chain’s agility and increase local sourcing.

EMT has already restructured one of its contracts into more regional, smaller lots, so that more local SMEs can bid for work.

The CPG has been spearheaded by an organisation called Enscite – funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Growth Fund – which was created to help manufacturing SMEs develop business opportunities in the transport engineering supply chain.

“The traditional focus on original equipment manufacturers has been on direct parts and services,” said Christine Cooke, chair of CPG and senior purchasing manager at Toyota UK. “Through this joint initiative, we hope to be able to pinpoint and achieve best practice to support a mutually beneficial and improved local supply chain.”

Ensite’s head of innovation and technology, Sid Bains, added the CPG is probably the first OEM collaboration group spanning transport sectors supply chains. “[The] CPG will improve the supply chain for the OEMs as well as increase local sourcing and business for SMEs,” he added.

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