Brussels, April 16th, 2018 – In 2016, SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of the SPIE Group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, invited its suppliers to participate in the first edition of its Innovation Challenge. Prizes were awarded to ten suppliers for having truly prioritised innovation in terms of product, service or organisation. In 2018, SPIE Belgium is repeating this initiative and in the meantime continuing its successful collaborations with award-winning suppliers.
On December 6, 2018, SPIE Belgium is organising the second edition of its Innovation Challenge and inviting all of its suppliers, that make innovation a strategic priority as well, to participate. The suppliers will be able to submit their application from 16 April 2018 to 15 June 2018 and present their project(s) according to various categories defined by SPIE. After the closure of applications, the jury, made up of several SPIE Belgium employees from various departments, will analyse the files submitted and distribute the projects according to four categories (breakthrough innovation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), safety and supply chain). From those projects, it will select four, i.e. one per category. Each of the projects chosen by the SPIE jury will be awarded the innovation trophy. The trophies will be presented on December 6, 2018.
Erwin De Bock, Director of Strategy, Business Development, M&A and Purchasing at SPIE Belgium, does not hide his enthusiasm for this new edition: “At SPIE, we make a point of choosing our suppliers according to a number of strict criteria, including sense of innovation. We always try to surround ourselves with suppliers who not only share our values and allow us to meet market expectations but also enable us to stay one step ahead of our competitors by creating true added value.”
In 2016, SPIE Belgium was particularly impressed with the solutions proposed by Würth and Paperwise. It therefore decided to further consolidate its partnership with these two suppliers which it now describes as partners. The big winner in the 2016 edition (‘environmental impact’ category), Paperwise, which gives agricultural waste a second life for the production of paper and cardboard, created no less than 30,000 “branded” paper cups that SPIE employees can personalise by adding their name.
As for the Orsy storage system proposed by Würth, also a winner in the previous edition in the ‘economic impact’ category, perfectly meets the needs of the SPIE warehouses, enabling optimum management and immediate visualisation of stock.
By automating the stock management procedures, it reduces the risk of error, which in turn leads to better cost management.
By organising a new edition of the Innovation Challenge in 2018, SPIE Belgium hopes to stimulate innovation amongst its suppliers even further and encourage them to display ever greater creativity and dedication.