In 2004, Saint Gobain Group Packaging Division defined a strategy to develop LLC sourcing for glass mould to supply its 47 plants worldwide across Europe, North America and South America. ChinaBridge was selected as their partner to implement this strategy. The goal was to achieve a level of quality similar to that of European vendors, but with a 35% savings.
At that time, China had no export to these countries. In the first year, test orders resulted in 36% of orders claimed and a big deviation in lead time from 68 days to 135 days from order date to delivery by sea shipment. As a result, ChinaBridge deeply audited the factory production process and evaluated the work flow to eliminate the most common problems, such as engraving, knurling, welding, etc, that were responsible for 80% of the claims. ChinaBridge also established a standard lead time process for each step in production and transportation, and every deviation is recorded and managed. Within one year our plan of optimization, we achieved over 99% on time deliveries and had less than 4% defect rate. This was huge win for the reputation of ChinaBridge.
By the end of 2014, and after 10 years of working together, ChinaBridge had become the top supplier for Saint Gobain (now known as Verallia) sharing over 30% of global business and saving the customer over 4 million euro per year. This glass mould LLC sourcing project has become a group level successful case and group priority project for company cost reduction.
- 09 Mar 2015
- Sourcing, Material Engineering, Quality Management