Alongside MOD operations advisors PJHQ, Royal Logistics Corps and World Food Programme, the vital emergency logistics work of Evolution Time Critical has been recognised in an elite shortlist for a prestigious European Supply Chain Excellence award. New for 2014, the Austere Environments & Contingency Logistics category recognises operators working in demanding conditions, disaster response, aid provision or support for military operations, and Evolution's shortlist signals an increase in the awareness of the complex difficulties experienced by companies working in automotive logistics.
"In the last 12-18 months we have seen vehicle manufacturers increase focus on using logistics as a method of optimising production processes, utilising emergency logistics to enable the adoption of higher risk strategies and reduce the risk of supply chain failure," says Evolution Time Critical managing director, Brad Brennan. "As the supply chain has become increasingly important at director and senior management level, the profile of automotive logistics has been raised in prominence by logisticians who identify the crucial role played by the time critical logistics in providing robust defence for an industry where failure or delay can cost millions."
The evolving automotive industry is placing mounting pressure on its supply chain, with emerging trends such as increasing model variance, trim specification and tightening quality standards testing the capacity of suppliers. Bold production strategies that capitalise on lean supply and the ability to switch live production locations on an almost ad hoc basis combine for a high pressure environment where the cost of failure is vast. This has driven an intensification of emergency logistics requirements, where Evolution Time Critical has been able to provide contingency that ensures that deadlines are met.
"We are delighted to be recognised by these awards, where it is humbling to be recognised as the only automotive-operating company alongside such worthy organisations that work in genuinely life-endangering environments," continues Brennan. "It is testament to the regard in which the automotive supply chain is now held by logistics specialists, and recognition of the vital work that Evolution Time Critical carries out to protect vehicle manufacturers from costly delays and reputational damage."