SBB Suppliers’ Day.
SBB presents awards to suppliers in recognition of their excellent performance.
Along with SBB, suppliers are required to play their part in ensuring the reliability of the integrated railway system by providing high-quality products and services. Closer cooperation leads to innovative solutions in procurement, thus ensuring an affordable mobile future for customers.
On 5 November 2015 in Bern, SBB presented its Supplier Awards in the categories "Efficiency", "Quality", "SBB Projects 2015 (best collaboration)" and "Innovation" as well as the special award for the best supplier across all four categories. The judging panel took a number of factors into account, including contribution to cost-cutting, the surpassing of high quality standards, outstanding collaboration and evidence of benefits for SBB and the end customer in terms of cost (efficiency) and availability (quality).
The five winners.
Hug Engineering AG, Elsau.
The award for the most outstanding achievement across all four categories was awarded to Hug Engineering. The company developed a solution that has cut SBB's annual maintenance costs: the maintenance costs for the Am 843 locomotive's diesel particulate filter system have been reduced by around a third. And the maintenance throughput times are much shorter too. The locomotives are available for use again after just half a day instead of ten days.
Swisscom (Schweiz) AG, Worblaufen.
In the “Efficiency” category, Swisscom impressed with a new company flat rate model for business communications. The flat rate was offered to a company in Switzerland for the first time. SBB benefits from the attractive prices.
Daktronics Inc., Brookings, SD, USA.
Daktronics won the award in the “Quality” category for the new general displays at the stations: they operate extremely reliably and are of excellent quality, despite the completely new and highly complex technology.
HRS Real Estate AG, Frauenfeld.
In the “SBB Projects 2015 (best collaboration)” category, HRS Real Estate AG proved to be a competent and reliable partner in an extremely complex construction project (Zurich Europaallee site G). In particular, the company recognised the potential for cost cutting and carried this through. HRS stood out due to close collaboration and partnership, which were reflected in optimal planning and processing.
EH Batterien AG, Division Oerlikon, Traction Batteries, Glattbrugg (Headquarters EnerSys, Reading, PA USA).
In the “Innovation” category, EH Batterien enabled SBB to make massive cost savings through the reuse of battery holders: for one thing this helps to reduce transport (delivery) and for another it offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions.