Henkel Adhesive Technologies has awarded the performance of its strategic partner Wanhua, a world-class global player in polyurethanes, with its annual Supplier Award for Innovation. With this recognition, the business unit honours the close and successful collaboration across its value chains. Based in Yantai, China, Wanhua was the first ever Chinese company to win a Henkel Adhesive Technologies Supplier Award in the innovation category.
“We are delighted that our strategic partner Wanhua has been recognized with the Supplier Award for Innovation, and it is an honor to celebrate this major milestone for a leading Chinese industrial company,” said Mark Dorn, President of Henkel Asia-Pacific and Head of Adhesive Technologies Asia-Pacific. “Thanks to this strong collaboration and under our strategic framework of purposeful growth, Henkel has been able to deliver innovative and high-impact solutions, driving significant breakthroughs in focus markets in the region and globally.”
“The close cooperation between Henkel and our strategic suppliers is a key success factor to create value for our customers,” explained Thomas Holenia, Corporate Vice President Purchasing at Henkel. “In these collaborations we focus on aligned strategic priorities, which help to make our joint supply chains more agile and resilient – a key success factor, especially in today’s challenging and volatile market environment.”
The Innovation Award for Wanhua was granted for collaboration based on open exchange and early access to innovations that resulted in the largest pipeline of running innovation projects across Henkel Adhesive Technologies worldwide. Based on innovation solutions of Wanhua, Henkel was able to launch several new products in the sports and fashion markets and for packaging applications. Wanhua was recognised for its creativity, agility and customer focus, which are proven also by regular digital learning sessions for Henkel’s innovation teams.
In addition to its commitment and performance in innovation, Wanhua is also a key partner for Henkel in promoting sustainability in industry in China. Being the first Chinese company to join Together for Sustainability, a flagship initiative launched by Henkel globally to drive sustainability across the entire value chain, spanning from our customers and consumers to our suppliers, stakeholders, and communities, Wanhua adheres to the path of sustainable development, highlighting the determination to strengthen corporate social responsibility and the ability to promote a sustainable global supply chain. In 2016, Wanhua was awarded by Henkel Adhesive Technologies in excellence performance category.
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