Supplier Day

As a sign of our appreciation for outstanding performance, CEDES annually honors the best suppliers with BISON Awards. On April 14, we celebrated three supply partners who have long contributed to the success of CEDES and loyally stood by our side in the difficult year 2020, providing excellent support and unconventional solutions. Here are our top three suppliers 2020.

3rd place: Best Service/ Improvement – Profatec AG

Jürg Züst (Plant Manager of CEDES AG) presented Chris Battaglia with the award, telling dramatic stories that found a happy end thanks to Profatec. The supplier based in Malans took over our optical carrier and broke it in during many extra night shifts. This extraordinary engagement helped us avoid a serious production stop by a hair`s breadth. In 2020, we were able to drastically sink the claim rate and make optimal use of complex tools. 

2nd place: Best Price – Altec Electronic AG

Cornelia Gehrig and Raffael Zuchaert from Altec Electronic AG received the BISON from the hands of Lars Färber (Head of Supply Chain). The company is our longstanding supply partner for electronic components. In 2020, Altec reached a milestone of 1 million CHF turnover with CEDES. “Not by doubling the prices”, said Lars Färber smilingly, «but due to the constantly growing delivery volumes with high delivery reliability”. In its proactive approach, the Altec team always strives to find potential saving opportunities and offer best possible prices. 

1st place: Outstanding Overall Supplier Performance – ESPROS Photonics Corporation

“The stories of CEDES and EPC have common roots and are deeply interconnected”, said CEDES CEO Christian-Erik Thöny, handing the BISON statue to Urs Grimm and Beat de Coi. The latter founded CEDES in 1986, to later start a new project with ESPROS in 2006. Today, EPC equips our TOF products with technologically advanced chips and, despite the constantly growing order volumes, always provides top delivery performance. EPC knows CEDES products and specific needs intimately and is always ready to support both our R&D and Supply Chain teams with tailor-made solutions. 

The pre-ordered sunny weather was also delivered on time and the ceremony could take place outdoors in the South Park, with necessary distance and hygiene rules. After the official part, all guests were invited to enjoy an apero and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.

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