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01. August 2019

FoamPartner: Honoured with 3M Service Award

The FoamPartner Group, headquartered in Wolfhausen, Switzerland, supplies trade and industry worldwide with foams for a wide range of applications. For many years now, the company has been a strategic supplier for the US multi-tech corporation 3M. FoamPartner also supplies its affiliate with more than 40 different polishing and interface pads for use in the automotive branch; some for the OEM, some for sales in the aftermarket trade.

Polishing machine (Source: Getty Images/baona)

Polishing machine (Source: Getty Images/baona)

In June 2019, after many years of successful collaboration, 3M presented the “Specialties” team of the FoamPartner site Leverkusen, Germany, its “Service Award 2018”. Guido Schmitt, Head of Marketing & Sales Specialties Europe, FoamPartner, and his team were present at the awards ceremony on 27 June 2019 in the 3M EMEA Center of Excellence in Langenthal, Switzerland, to receive the prize. Schmitt said: “This prize underpins the fruitful and trusting collaboration with 3M over the past years. In 2018 we gave further consideration to our service concepts and optimized our performance to a greater extent. We are very pleased that 3M has honoured our team with this award.”

According to FoamPartner, in 2018 it succeeded in significantly increasing its supplier performance vis-à-vis 3M within just a year. The SOTIF rate (“Supplier On Time In Full”) was greatly improved. This was managed in close collaboration between 3M and the FoamPartner supply chain and production by means of additional optimisation in scheduling, inventory management, forecasting, and in the expansion of safety stock. In 2018, the SOTIF rate increased overall to a successful 97 %, and in April and May 2019 the rate had even reached 100 %. “FoamPartner’s Specialties Team really put the pedal to the metal in 2018, increasing once again its already outstanding supplier performance in key areas, which is why Leverkusen deserves the ‘Service Award’ in 2018,” commented Marcus Rauch, Category Lead, Strategic Sourcing EMEA, 3M.

The “Service Award” is one of a total of eight awards that 3M presents annually. In addition to the service prize, there are also awards in the categories of packaging, logistics and innovation.


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