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GPCA Announces Winners of 3rd Supply Chain Excellence Awards


The Awards brought together the brightest minds in the industry to network, share best practice and celebrate achievement


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 April 2019 – The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) announced the winners of the third edition of the GPCA Supply Chain Excellence Awards sponsored by SABIC at a star-studded ceremony on the sidelines of the 11th GPCA Supply Chain Conference on 16 April at the InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Building on the success of their inaugural edition in 2016, the Awards brought together the brightest minds in the industry to network, share best practice and celebrate achievements.

The jury comprised of senior industry leaders selected the winners from a total of 17 highly competitive entries in four specialized categories, covering sustainability, innovation, excellence in Gulf SQAS and a special student award dedicated to recognizing young talent in supply chain in the Arabian Gulf region. The Awards attracted an extremely high quality of submissions, leading to the introduction of special awards for the runners up aimed at recognizing and encouraging the pursuit of excellence among top industry performers.

Sipchem was named winner in the Supply Chain Innovation category for the company’s all-round initiative for supply chain cost and process optimization. The judges praised the initiative for making impressive gains in efficiencies and cost reduction and highlighting the benefits of collaboration with competitors and other stakeholders.

DP World, UAE Region scooped the Supply Chain Sustainability Award for their all-encompassing approach to sustainability which includes switching to autonomous vehicles. The initiative stood out the most for achieving multi-million-dirham savings, ensuring the safety of human resources, the judges said.

Excellence in Gulf SQAS Award went to Alfred Talke for adopting a strategic approach to safety through the Act Safety Program (ASP). Developing and enforcing an Integrated Management System policy has enabled Talke to get near-perfect Gulf SQAS assessment scores at most of their sites in the GCC as well as gaining membership of the GPCA Responsible Care for LSPs program.

Majeda Al Shaikh from Bahrain Polytechnic was named winner in the highly contested student category Ibtikar – Rising Star in Supply Chain Award for her research which focuses on strategy development for DB Schenker in Bahrain and awarded AED 10,000 monetary prize.

Commenting on this year’s edition of the Awards, Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA said: “The 2019 GPCA Supply Chain Excellence Awards are one of the most successful editions to date, attracting some of the best entries across the entire industry spectrum encompassing chemical manufacturers, logistics service providers, regional port operators and academia. The great advancement made by the GCC supply chain industry was evidenced by the high scores achieved by almost all applicants resulting in neck to neck results and the announcement of the runners up in each category.”

“GPCA congratulates all participating companies, winners and project leaders for showcasing their outstanding achievements in supply chain excellence and for continuing to position the Arabian Gulf region in the driving seat of innovation and value creation among the top performing regions globally. As with each year, the GPCA Supply Chain Excellence Awards aimed to promote quality, health, safety, security, and environmental protection of the GCC supply chain sector, as well as encourage academia-industry collaboration to foster knowledge sharing, and facilitate friendly competition among supply chain operators,” he added.