CEVA: Making a difference to modern utilities
21 June 2010 - 14:43 CETWhat does the future hold for utilities companies?
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK, 21 June 2010 - CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, has used its 13 years of utilities sector expertise and produced a research study to shed light on the supply chain challenges that modern utilities will face over the next five years.
High on the utilities industry agenda are the price determinations set by Ofwat (the water services regulation authority) and Ofgem (the office of the gas and electricity markets). The media predicts these external pressures will lead to jobs being cut and supply chain contractors being harder hit. CEVA's report delivers insights into the facts and what action needs to be taken to achieve the tough efficiency challenges being set by the regulator.
Sean Kelly, CEVA's Senior General Manager, for the UK & Ireland's Industrial sector explains: "The report highlights a number of key themes. Cost reduction remains a priority for modern utilities. Price control, changes in regulation, weather patterns, and environmental pressures make a big impact on the sector. Our white paper shows that maintaining the status quo is not an option and how the supply chain can often be the catalyst to helping modern utilities respond to external pressures. A planned holistic approach towards end-to-end supply chain management can deliver significant cost and performance efficiencies from procurement and stock management right through to operational delivery on site.
"The benefits of a more efficient, leaner supply chain need to be realized if supply chains are to be successful. Our expertise in the utility sector includes working closely with energy, water, gas and oil companies to develop practices designed to deliver cost savings, productivity improvements and minimize losses," says Sean.
If you wish to receive a copy of the white paper contact firstname.lastname@example.org or register on-line at http://uk.cevalogistics.com/Forms/CEVA-Utilities-White-Paper.
For more information contact:
Communications Officer, CEVA
+44 (0)1530 568709
Notes to Editors:
The study involved in-depth interviews with experienced senior executives, as well as a comprehensive study of the macro environment and factors which affect the sector from a strategic and operational viewpoint. The primary research participants included professionals from:
- Utilities and Infrastructure 58%
- Construction 21%
- Product and Materials 13%
- Machinery and Equipment 4%
- Industrial Service Providers 4%
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