Oct 17, 2003

Seagate's Supply Chain Excellence Recognized

Seagate's business excellence was recognised at the recent All Ireland Transport & Logistics Awards ceremony in Belfast, when the Company's Limavady facility won the prestigious Irish Supply Chain Best Practice trophy.

When a company operates as part of a global network with many production facilities totally dependent on each other's performance, the whole system depends on flawless communication and supply links.

Seagate Technology's two Northern Ireland manufacturing plants at Springtown and Limavady are at the heart of such networks, supplying essential components for the manufacture of hard disc drives to other Seagate factories around the globe. That means managing the supply chain to ensure it operates at the leading edge of efficiency, reliability and flexibility.

After receiving the award, Frank Moffat, materials director at Seagate's Limavady facility, said, "We are very aware of the extent to which the efficiency of our supply chains are critical to the operations of our sister plants and ultimately, other companies around the world. It is very gratifying to have our success recognised by the leading experts in the sphere of transport and supply logistics.

"In our industry the supply chain must keep evolving as our business plan, the marketplace and customer requirements all change. Today we compete in a high-volume, just-in-time world, where supply and demand moves at Internet speed. To meet this challenge our company focus is to keep information, materials and products moving quickly and seamlessly."

Seagate's award citation described it as 'an excellent example of a company using simple 'Supply Chain Management' to achieve competitive advantage within the global marketplace and manage manufacturing operations in diverse geographical locations'.

The Best Practice Award was sponsored by the National Institute for Transport and Logistics Supply Chain Management Centre of Excellence in Dublin, whose director general, Austin Smyth, said that Seagate had demonstrated through its supply chain processes and its relationships with both customers and suppliers that it was at the leading edge of best practice in supply chain management.

"Seagate is stretching the boundaries of traditional functional activities to achieve a truly integrated supply chain," he said.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.