Aston Martin Targets More Flexible Supply Chain
In a week where many SMEs have been encouraged to reshore manufacturing processes back to the UK, one of the country’s more renowned companies has signalled its intentions to boost its domestic supply chain.
Aston Martin is looking to improve sustainability and flexibility as part of the move, with Senior Purchasing Manager, David Wyer telling Supply Management that an increase in the UK’s contribution to global operations would “meet our quality, cost, environmental and risk management criteria”.
“We believe that local suppliers have this capability together with the additional benefit of flexibility towards managing increasing component complexity,” he went on to say.
The company currently deals with more than 200 suppliers in regards to its car parts operations; with less than half based in the UK. The remaining strongholds are spread across the rest of Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, making management of logistics and procurement a challenge.
This isn’t to say there won’t be challenges in edging the system closer to home though, as Wyer continued to explain: “In terms of challenges, we want to continue to select partners and build relationships that will hold for a number of years. Continuing to do this in a very competitive market, with production volumes as small as ours can be difficult.
“In terms of people, maintaining and attracting highly-skilled procurement professionals in an equally competitive market provides a significant challenge.”
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Sustainable Manufacturing: Bayer Joins Manufacture 2030
“Advancing life - that's what we at Bayer are all about.” With this strong mission statement at the core of its operations, it seems fitting that the pharmaceutical and life science company has joined Manufacture 2030 to further promote inclusive growth and responsible use of resources.
For Bayer, the concept of means “providing more people across the world with access to health care and food security, and devising solutions to protect the environment, especially decarbonisation, climate adaptation, and biodiversity preservation.”
Bayer’s Ambitious Series of Sustainability Commitments
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Bayer’s ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2030 include:
- To reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42%, and absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 12%
- By 2030 the remaining emissions of Bayer’s operations will be fully offset by purchasing certificates from verified climate protection projects
“Given CO2 emissions are the main reason for climate change, Bayer is committed to making our business as resource efficient as possible, aiming to become carbon-neutral across our own operations by 2030. By partnering with Manufacture 2030 and their cloud-based platform, the Bee, we can better equip our operational teams with the know-how needed to reduce impacts, as well as track our site-level performance towards company targets. We are confident that by embedding innovative technologies like the Bee, we can play our part in protecting the climate,” said Thomas Gosmann, Head of Pharma Technology & Global Energy Manager at Bayer.
Bayer’s Five Year Partnership with Manufacture 2030
Over the next five years, Manufacture 2030 aims to help Bayer meet its targets, reducing SCope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).
“We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Bayer, helping them to achieve their Science Based Targets by reducing site-level environmental impacts. Helping people and the planet is at the heart of Bayer’s philosophy, as well as being an organisation full of expertise, so we are thrilled they have chosen our unique platform to aid them in continually improving the environmental sustainability of their business,” added Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at Manufacture 2030.
About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 - Founded in 2017 - is a trading brand of mission-driven private company . Manufacture 2030 pioneers new ways to drive sustainable proactive across the manufacturing and supply chain world by partnering with multiple brands and their suppliers to reduce environmental impacts.
Headquartered in the UK, the company’s platform and support services help suppliers and manufacturers in 50 countries around the world.
“We are a culturally diverse and energetic team, passionately committed to helping our clients and their suppliers achieve their carbon reduction commitments,” says Manufacture 2030.