As part of the ASCI Site Visit Series, ASCI arranged for 14 ASCI Members to visit the Nufarm Raymond Rd manufacturing facility on Friday 25 January 2019.
Both nbn Co and Nufarm are ASCI Corporate Members, and within the ASCI Corporate Membership package, comes the benefit of sharing and learning within the network.
Site Manager, George Fletcher gave the group an introduction to Nufarm and the site, see picture.
According to Angus Borland, Supply Chain Planning Manager – ANZ, Nufarm, the group enjoyed the balmy 44 degrees for a walk through a number of the production lines, followed by a planning discussion he led alongside two site planners (Michael Buttigieg-Raymond Rd and Matt Calabro-Pipe Rd).
“This was a good 2-way discussion between Nufarm and nbn Co,” Angus recalls.
Ryan Jones, Manager Integrated Demand Planning, nbn Co agrees. “The two organisations couldn’t be further apart in terms of industry. However, there were so many similarities both in forecasting and planning systems; S&OP processes; safety; and challenges such as demand accuracy and the management of inventory,” he said.
“In addition, we could really appreciate the weather challenges faced by the organisation and were impressed with Nufarm’s long term strategies and predictive analysis.”
There were some key areas identified where a visit to non Co could benefit the Nufarm demand planners. Hence, the sharing and learning process is in motion!
Look out for more events within the ASCI Site Visit Series, held all over the country in 2019!