10 May 2018

Oiling the wheels for great partnerships

A lubrication company which helped us save £1m through an innovative new partnership was one of the businesses to be honoured at our first supplier recognition event this week. 

FUCHS Lubricants was one of 40 top suppliers to attend the event at our Scunthorpe headquarters and walked away with the coveted ‘Supplier of the Year’ award for the work they’ve done helping us to improve availability and use of one of our most important tools. 

As well as recognition for some of our top supply partners, the 120 attendees at the event heard from our Deputy CEO Paul Martin and Chief Finance Officer Gerald Reichmann as we shared our priorities and plans for the coming months and years. 

Lorraine Sawyer, Procurement Director, said: “We’re fortunate to work with many suppliers that are committed to delivering reliable and innovative solutions for us. We wanted to use the event to not only update them on our business performance and plans for the year ahead, but to also shine a spotlight on the suppliers that go the extra mile.” 

The awards were the first supplier-specific recognition event we’ve held. Five awards were given out to suppliers in the following categories; Health and Safety, Collaboration, Innovation, New Entrant and Supplier of the Year. 

FUCHS Lubricants beat off competition from 20 other suppliers for the title of ‘Supplier of the Year’. Highly commended in this category were Harsco and Tennant Metallurgical Group (TMG). 

Winners of the other categories included: 

  • Health and safety – HFRSolutions (Highly commended: P&O Ferrymasters)
  • Innovation – Heraues Electro-Nite UK Ltd
  • Collaboration - Heraeus Electro-Nite UK Ltd & FUCHS Lubricants (UK) plc (Highly commended: TCS)
  • New Entrant – Micronclean 

Chris Morris, Regional Manager – Industrial Division, FUCHS Lubricants, said: “It’s a great honour to have received two awards from British Steel – a company we’re extremely proud to work with. 

“When we first took on the contract for supplying all lubricants, a lot of people said it couldn’t be done. We’ve not only proved them wrong but brought substantial cost savings with it too, and there’s still more I believe we can do. The warmth and depth of relationship we have with British Steel is a breath of fresh air – long may it continue.” 

Chas Goldring, Continuous Improvement Manager told representatives at the event how we’re not only embedding continuous improvement to help drive business performance, but also how we can work with our them on projects and how they can get involved with some of our training. 

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FUCHS Lubricants scooped Supplier of the Year as well as being awarded joint winners in the Collaboration category

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HFR Solutions won the Health & Safety Award 

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Heraeus Electro-Nite scooped the Innovation Award and were also joint winners of the Collaboration Award 

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Micronclean won the New Entrant category