PP celebrates the strength of its supply chain with first ever Supplier Awards

Sep 29, 2017

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2017 is a significant year for PP Control & Automation as we celebrate our 50th birthday with employees, customers and partners.

One of our biggest assets is the quality and expertise of our supply chain and we wanted to recognise this by hosting a special event designed to mark their support and sustained performance.

More than 20 people, from fourteen different companies, visited our Cheslyn Hay facility yesterday to hear who had come out on top in our Supplier Awards, covering categories including:

Award Categories

  • Customer Partnership and Support
  • Logistics and Vendor Managed Support
  • Manufacturing Partnership
  • Technical Support
  • Supplier Performance


Members of staff were given the opportunity to put their vote forward, with cable product specialist Lutze UK announced as our Best Supplier. It has consistently worked with us pursuing customer opportunities, creating innovative supply solutions and assisting with product selection over many years.

Ian Knight presenting during the supplier site tour

Martin Allen, Purchasing Manager at PP Control & Automation, said: “Since February 2005, we have spent a combined total of £35m and, over the last twelve months, £1 of every £3 spent was with the suppliers invited to the Awards.

“We were really pleased with how the event went and the positive response we received from suppliers, who appreciated the fact we recognised the work they put in.

“In addition to the Awards, we also gave everyone a tour of our factory and the new extension so they could clearly visualise our processes, the individual cells and additional work stations we’ve created. We also touched on the changing face of customer opportunities.”

He concluded: “Our plan is to double sales to £40m and, in order for us to meet this ambitious target, we will need our suppliers to buy into the vision and provide the strategic support required.”

Other winners were:

Customer Partnership and Support

PP Chairman, David Fox with Thomas Johnson (Wago)

Wago – Has worked with PP over many years, providing added value through new process introduction and sharing valuable market intelligence.


Logistics and Vendor Managed Support

PP Chairman, David Fox with Val Emery (Cablectrix)

Cablectrix – Vendor Management of cable accessories and quick to provide valuable advice and information on part application and use.


Manufacturing Partnership

PP Chairman, David Fox with Craig Dimberline (Contelec)

Contelec – Keeps close to the production needs and has worked with the Engineering team to design and manufacture bespoke products.


Technical Support

PP Chairman, David Fox with Roger Collins (DPX)

BPX – Continually keep us informed of product development changes and new solutions available in the marketplace, in addition to stocking and kitting solutions.


Supplier Performance

PP Chairman, David Fox with Katie Webborn (Lutze UK)

Lutze UK – worked with our purchasing team to manage our just-in-time requirements, consistently achieving OTDs of 97% and above.


PP would like to take the opportunity to thank all involved for their attendance on Tuesday and for making it such an enjoyable day. Thanks to all our suppliers new and old for your support over the past 50 years and here’s to the next 50!

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