Opel has been recognized by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) with the 2015 VDA Logistics Award for its outstanding production logistics system, which creates a close network between vehicle orders and material supply.
Jury-chairman Professor Dr. Wolfgang Stölzle handed down the award to Opel Supply Chain Director Michael Scholl during the Third Forum Automotive Logistics in Leipzig. Opel says its production system assists in meeting customer requirements on schedule and optimizing its value chain and production program.
An integral part of Opel’s supply chain logistics is incoming vehicle orders for the production plants are made in conjunction with real-time material availability. This allows order scheduling to be integrated into the system and improves the accuracy of vehicle delivery dates. The system also offers other advantages, such as transparency, flexibility, low material stocks and reduction of special material shipment, Opel says.
“This innovative solution is further proof for our `change your mind´ approach at Opel and our willingness to change the corporate culture. We changed organizational structures and, thanks to a cross-divisional team, introduced a system that allows outstanding flexibility – for the benefit of our customers,” said Opel Vice President for Purchasing and Supply Chain, Katherine Worthen.
Opel’s logistics system was developed by a cross-divisonal team made up of experts in the logistics, materials management, order management and IT fields.