LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unilever (NYSE: UN, LSE: ULVR) and Celsis International have been awarded the Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) Top 100 Award 2014, given to companies that successfully execute innovative, transformative supply chain projects that deliver bottom-line value to the organization.
Unilever and Celsis partnered to execute a Unilever initiative to streamline its supply chain by standardizing microbiological testing and release protocols worldwide at over 40 manufacturing sites in nearly 30 countries. Using the Celsis Advance™ system with AMPiScreen™ reagent assay, Unilever manufacturing sites were able to cut their micro hold time from seven days down to 24 hours, significantly reducing their production cycles.
“The global implementation of AMPiScreen at Unilever manufacturing enables our supply chain to have one global test method for rapid product release of home and personal care formulations,” said Deidre Mitchell, Manager Development Microbiology at Unilever.
Implementation was strategically managed and executed by a team of Unilever and Celsis representatives ensuring each site released products on Celsis AMPiScreen as efficiently as possible, minimizing any potential disruptions to the supply chain.
Mitchell added, “Our factories are seeing the benefits of a using a rapid microbiological quality test method to obtain reliable data within 24 hours as opposed to waiting a full seven days with traditional test methods. It allows us to be fully confident in the data we generate to indicate our products meet our quality standards before we release them into the market place.”
“We are very pleased to be recognized for the SDCE100 award for our work with Unilever to harmonize and streamline their global supply chain. The success of this project validates the total value that our system provides manufacturers by ensuring the quality of released products and, more importantly, taking days off their production cycles—resulting in reduced manufacturing costs, freed up working capital, and a much leaner supply chain,” said Jay LeCoque, CEO of Celsis International.
The partnership continues as Unilever now also uses the Celsis system for testing at additional points in the supply chain to confirm the incoming quality of strategic, microbiologically-sensitive ingredients, further streamlining their production efficiency.
About the SDCE 100 Awards
The SDCE 100 recognizes solution providers and their clients for leadership in improving supply chain function with measureable gains in ROI. The submissions were evaluated by the magazine's editorial staff primarily based on: ambitiousness/scope of the project, creative application of technologies/solutions/services used, and the extent of the business results/impact.
About Celsis International
The world’s leading innovator in rapid detection, Celsis systems are used globally by leading companies to identify the absence or presence of contamination in as few as 18-24 hours. Companies in the Home, Beauty, Dairy, Beverage, Food and Pharmaceutical industries can reduce hold times, inventory requirements, and costs while enhancing product quality. For more information, go to www.celsis.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.