Collaboration Reaps Rewards

Posted: Thursday 5th February 2015

The Highways Agency’s Collaborative Procurement Working Group (CPWG), of which Saint-Gobain PAM forms part, was announced as the winner of the Supply Chain Management category at the Highways Agency Supplier Recognition Scheme Awards held on January 16th in Birmingham.

The category is presented to suppliers that demonstrate the Highways Agency’s strategic agenda, values and principles through supply chains, and it was awarded to the CPWG for its joint work to overcome a shortage of temporary barriers and to avoid delays by designing and implementing effective strategies through the supply chain.

The Highways Agency’s annual recognition scheme highlights the vital contribution made by the agency’s suppliers who help it operate, maintain and improve England’s network of motorways and A roads.

This year, entries for the awards increased significantly – as 118 bid for the honour to receive public recognition from the agency across seven categories.

Gary Postle at Saint-Gobain PAM UK, said: “We have been part of the Highways Agency Collaborative Procurement Working Group since 2012, with the main aim to understand what issues are being faced on major road projects and how we can work to eliminate these.

“A prime example of which was the development of a high security access cover for motorway communications purposes. This was delivered through the CPWG, resulting in the newly created ‘T-Lok’ solution. As well as providing an innovative security solution, resulting in the reduction of metal theft, it also delivers costs savings versus the former solution due to ease of use and reduced installation and maintenance costs.”

Graham Dalton, chief executive of the Highways Agency, said: “This year our recognition scheme received more than double the number of entries compared to last year – that is simply fantastic.

“It’s also a strong indication of the steps our suppliers have made in bringing innovation into the workplace.”

The Collaborative Procurement Working Group (CPWG) consists of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, Carillion, BAM/Morgan Sindall, Costain, Balfour Beatty, Asset International and Polypipe, and has been in existence since 2012 to support the Highways Agency.

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