CEVA signs a new three year contract with Michelin  

More than five million tires moved each year
Madrid, Spain, 1 October, 2013 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, announced today a new three-year agreement and strategic partnership with Michelin to manage its tire warehouse located at Michelin’s plant in Valladolid, Spain.  Michelin is one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, designing and selling  tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles.

Under the contract, CEVA will handle warehousing services, inventory management, picking and loading transport bound for Michelin customers, automotive manufacturers, spare part and maintenance companies from a space of approximately 25,000 sq m. CEVA handles a range of tires for luxury touring vehicles, agricultural vehicles and trucks, totaling more than five million items per year.

Fernando Tamames, Logistics Purchasing Director of Michelin in Iberia, said: “We are satisfied to have signed this partnership as we believe that the logistics operator will be able to guarantee highly efficient services which will allow us to optimize our supply chain processes with a consequent reduction in logistics cost. CEVA and Michelin share the same attitude to the relentless search for quality and customer satisfaction; this, combined with CEVA’s expertise in this sector, will allow us to provide our final customers with an excellent, punctual service.”

Óscar Martinez, Senior Business Development Manager of CEVA in Iberia, agreed: “We are proud that Michelin has chosen CEVA as a strategic partner for their logistics. We are well aware of the challenges that characterize this market and have developed cutting-edge solutions to manage storage, distribution and reverse logistics activities in an impeccable and fast way, which is essential in this sector.”

This partnership further consolidates CEVA’s presence in the Automotive sector, in particular the tire segment. CEVA has developed extensive expertise in tire logistics, reducing cost, releasing working capital, managing complex supply chains and handling shorter order-to-delivery cycles on behalf of many international tire and automotive brands. Core systems, developed from the best tire operations in the world, balance process needs with the IT support required to execute them.   

CEVA works with Michelin in several other countries around the world including in Thailand.  Here, CEVA handles the inbound movement of tires from Michelin’s production plants into warehouse facilities in three main locations across Thailand; Laemchabang, Nongkea and Nongree. As part of its integrated solution for Michelin, CEVA ensures that the tires and accessories are delivered, handled and presented correctly to meet Michelin’s service level requirements.

The operation in Spain began in April 2013 and thanks to CEVA’s Zero Defect Start-up (ZDS) methodology, the implementation was flawless. ZDS is a process that relies both on best practices and accurate planning for error-free contract start-up, with clear pre-agreed targets between the customer and CEVA.



CEVA partners with TOWER to launch new cold chain solution for pharmaceutical market  

  • Innovative modular solution developed to deliver quality and compliance
  • Product integrity guaranteed door-to-door
  • CEVA is first supply chain company to implement the solution

London, UK, 30 September, 2013 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading global supply chain management companies, and TOWER Cold Chain Solutions are pleased to announce the launch of the KryoTrans KTM (KryoTrans Modular) modular pallet shipper, a new solution for shipping temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products in a secure environment at a consistent temperature.

The innovative KTM solution represents the combination of CEVA’s supply chain excellence, and experience in delivering pharmaceutical quality and compliance to the market, and TOWER’s cold chain packaging experience and capabilities. The two companies have worked together to develop the KTM solution specifically for the pharmaceutical market. Selecting the correct packaging system requires an understanding of transportation logistics, the environment the shipment will be exposed to during transit as well as access and the ability to handle shipments in transit to maintain the cold chain. 

The modular container is designed to provide a secure and flexible means of transporting temperature controlled pharmaceutical products such as vaccines.  It is capable of being used at -20, 2-8 and 15 to 25 degrees Centigrade using phase-change materials and at temperatures from -20 to -60 degrees Centigrade using dry ice. The containers are capable of maintaining the temperature for up to six days; critical when shipping temperature sensitive life saving drugs around the world.

The KTM’s modular construction allows it to be produced in 12 different sizes, accepting palletized loads that range from half height Euro pallet to double height, double length U.S. pallet. The KTM comes equipped with the KryoLogger data logger, which provides a full internal temperature audit trail, plus external temperature traces and a proximity sensor that logs occasions upon which the door is opened.

Leigh Pomlett, CEVA’s President, Europe, commented: “Flu vaccines are just one of the many pharmaceuticals that need to be maintained at a precise temperature to retain their efficacy; having to replace even one case of these critical products comes at a high cost.  The partnership between CEVA and TOWER facilitates the implementation of well planned, secure and compliant cold chain logistics to enable our customers to reach patients worldwide through CEVA’s network of healthcare facilities across the globe.”

TOWER’s CEO, Chris Pollard, said: “For some time our pharmaceutical customers have been telling us that they would like to see the widely admired KryoTrans technology employed within a container large enough to accept palletized loads. To accommodate the variety of sizes needed, we have developed a modular solution that incorporates the same product security principles of KryoTrans, with the capability of accepting both Euro and U.S. pallets in three different heights. The containers have been optimized to make the best use of aircraft cargo space. We are appreciative of CEVA’s enthusiastic support and knowledge on this project and look forward to working with them to bring this powerful and innovative new product to our customers.”

This latest innovation reinforces CEVA’s expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceutical market, building on the successful launch of the City of Pharma in Stradella, Italy, the focal point of Italian logistics flows and the intersection of major Italian communication, rail and road routes, and the opening of a cold chain hub in Miami which helps speed the delivery of vaccines throughout Latin America.

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