SUBCONTRACTOR RELATIONSHIPS A KEY TO COMPETITIVENES
The international Subcontracting 2015 Trade Fair kicked off today in Tampere. The second largest industrial trade fair in Europe will bring together a thousand exhibitors from 20 countries. Romania and Taiwan are new countries that were not represented last year. The trade fair themes are sales and marketing as well as new materials and techniques. The event was opened by Normet Oy’s Managing Director Timo Rask. The theme speech was given by Ami Hasan, Chairman of the Board at Hasan & Partners Oy. As part of the opening ceremony, LOGY ry presented the Contractor of the Year Award to K.Hartwall Oy Ab (Sipoo) and the Subcontractor of the Year Award to Comptel Oyj (Helsinki). The Subcontracting Trade Fair will continue at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre until Thursday 17 September.
The opening ceremony included speeches by the opening speaker, theme speaker and representatives from the award-winning companies. In addition, Strategic Adviser Per Koch of Innovasjon Norge and Managing Director Päivi Myllykangas of Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea told about the collaboration between Finland and Norway where universities, VTT and companies are trying to find new forms and models of collaboration.
Contractor of the Year 2015 K.Hartwall Oy Ab and Subcontractor of the Year 2015 Comptel Oy
The Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY ry) presented the Contractor of the Year 2015 Award to Sipoo-based K.Hartwall Oy Ab. The Subcontractor of the Year Award was given to Comptel Oyj of Helsinki. The awards were accepted by K.Hartwall Oy Ab’s Managing Director Vesa Tempakka and Head of Delivery Operations Christer Bauer as well as Comptel Oyj’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Niina Pesonen. The awards were presented by LOGY’s Managing Director Markku Henttinen and the chairman of the award committee, Tasowheel Oy’s Managing Director Kari Sorjonen. The awards have been given since 1987 and the aim is to promote networking as a form of supporting the competitiveness of the Finnish manufacturing industry.
When selecting the Contractor of the Year, the award committee valued K.Hartwall Oy Ab’s long-term development of production and subcontracting relationships, which have enabled the company to establish a strong position in its area of competition. The company is known as a demanding and determined contractor who, together with its Finnish suppliers, develops products and purchasing processes. Established in 1932, the Finnish family business is a supplier of returnable load carriers and logistics solutions. In 2014, the group’s net sales totalled EUR 55 million and it had 144 employees of which 128 were in Finland. Approximately 95% of the net sales come from outside of Finland.
The selection of the Subcontractor of the Year was influenced by the increased importance of information technology and the related service solutions within Finland’s industrial structure. Comptel Oyj has been very successful in pursuing the leading position as a supplier of customer interaction automation solutions in the telecommunications market. Comptel Oyj is a Finnish software company listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and it provides business support software solutions for telecom operators and equipment manufacturers. In 2014, the company’s net sales totalled EUR 85.7 million and it has over 600 employees.
This year’s themes strongly represented in the programme
The seminars and information sessions led by experts focus on this year’s themes, in other words sales, marketing as well as new materials and techniques. On Wednesday 16 September, the Finnish Association of Marketing Communication Agencies (MTL) will hold a Marketing Clinic to discuss new marketing methods, while FIMECC Oy’s seminar Breakthrough Materials Hour will focus on new materials designed for the industrial sector as well as competitive solutions.
Organized since 1988, the Subcontracting Trade Fair introduces the entire Finnish industrial sector and the top companies. Last year a total of 16,893 industrial executives and specialists visited the trade fair. Tampere Trade Fairs Ltd’s main partners are the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, the Rubber Manufacturers’ Association of Finland, the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation and the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY).
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