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Motherwell Initiates Supply Chain Chapter



Motherwell Information Systems in Australia and New Zealand, has endorsed the activities of the USA based Supply Chain Council, by preparing for the establishment of an ANZ Chapter.

With around 550 member companies, the Supply Chain Council was formed in the USA in 1997 by such companies as AMR, Lockheed Martin, Proctor & Gamble, Bayer and Rockwell. The Council has already released several improved versions of its powerful Supply Chain Operations Reference model (SCOR) which is believed to be the only cross industry model of its type in the world.

SCOR provides a standard set of definitions, inputs, processes and outputs of a supply chain - representing the flow of materials and information from/to a supplier's supplier through to the customer's customer. It then provides a set of standard business measures to evaluate alternative projects for improving supply chain performance.

Chapters of the Council have been formed in Europe, Japan and Korea with the European and Japanese groups holding their first Supply Chain World conferences later this year. The European Chapter conference is scheduled for September 20 in Amsterdam and the Japanese Chapter conference will be held in Tokyo in November.

The establishment of an ANZ chapter by Motherwell reflects the company's mission statement : "To provide devastating competitive advantage and long term customer value."

The Supply Chain Council exists for its members, who are companies rather than individuals. By becoming a member, a company gains access to the SCOR model and to the success of its application.

While the vendors and consulting firms are encouraged to become members, the council exists for its practitioner members --companies which depend on the efficient and competitive operation of their supply chains. The Chair of the Chapter is required to come from one of these companies.

Member companies contribute their knowledge to the four technical committees, known as PLAN, SOURCE, MAKE and DELIVER. Non manufacturing members would simply by-pass the MAKE aspects of the model; however, any value adding process such as re packaging would be regarded as a MAKE function.

Motherwell Information Systems has been involved in supply chain improvement projects through a diverse set of experiences and products. Initially an ERP systems implementer, Motherwell in Australasia has extended its capabilities to include Supply Chain Planning and Optimisation (using products such as Numetrix, CAPS Logistics and COR) to Transportation Planning and Execution, through to integration with shop floor activities in real time.

With its long history of ERP design and implementation, Motherwell Information Systems, part of the Scottish based Motherwell Bridgehas demonstrated a wide range of solutions it can offer for diversely different improvement projects.

Initial information sessions and meetings will be held in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne during the next few weeks. Companies wishing to become inaugural Members and Steering Group Members of the ANZ Chapter of the Supply Chain Council or simply wishing to register interest, are encouraged to e-mail Richard Gerner at or call Karen Allaway on +61 3 9840 3300 Website details can be located at and


*Initial information sessions and meetings will be held in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne



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