By Miranda de Kok, Supply Chain Business Improvement Technologist Leader, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics
Innovation is not always the creation of something new to the world; in supply chain it’s about ongoing process efficiency improvements.
Even small improvements can deliver huge value gains for customers, by ensuring supply, speeding up time to market and driving out costs. But if I’ve learned one thing from 11 years in plastics supply, it’s that collaboration and communication are the real keys to success.
The Sadara project is a good example. It was also one of my proudest moments. Bringing the first plastics to Europe from the new production site in Saudi Arabia was a large and very complex project. It was made possible by Dow experts and logistics partners who would not allow silo thinking to cloud their vision. Willing collaboration opened doors and effective communications ensured world class execution!
Miranda lives in Terneuzen, the Netherlands and is a Packaging & Specialty Plastics / Supply Chain Business Improvement Technologist Leader. She has been with Dow since 1998 working on several major planning projects across Dow Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).