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healthcare oliver healthcare packaging

principles in supply chain remain the
same, including the need to provide
exceptional customer service and develop creative ways to help customers
compete," he asserts.
During his tenure at Oliver, Vincent
has focused on recruiting talented
supply chain professionals, buyers and
planners to the team, people who not
only have business and financial acumen, but also have a passion for doing
the right thing. "Bringing in top talent
has been important to us, and in my
opinion, the expertise we have here is a
true differentiator for Oliver," he says.
Because of the unique ownership
structure at Oliver, which is a privately
held company, Vincent and his team
are able to make long-term investments in raw material supplies when
they anticipate a significant amount of
risk for the customer. For example, the
team recently saw a material supplier
experience supply issues.
"The lead times for this particular
product were moving out significantly," he recalls, noting that the team
predicted a potential shortage in the
material. "Anticipating what was about
to happen, we were able to make an investment in that particular material."
Because his team took proactive
measures, Oliver continued to supply
its customers without any delays or
shortages, unlike other manufacturers.
"Our investment buffered customers
from that experience," he says.
Vincent's team also gets creative to
help customers cut cost and meet proFor today's demanding Healthcare Packaging applications, Oracle Packaging offers a broad product line
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custom solution is required, our team of material science
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duction timelines, utilizing programs
like managed inventory. "Whether it's
a consignment program or a makeand-hold program in a warehouse
location near our customers, programs like this have not only helped
us to reduce lead times and increase
our reliability, but it has also balanced
production and level load our factories," he says.
	 Oliver focuses on reinvesting in its
business, which has included increasing the clean room space in all facilities around the world. "We're also
investing in different technologies for
web cleaning," Vincent says, noting
that these will reduce the amount of
particulate added during the manufacturing process.
Additionally, the company has purchased vision and auto-detect systems.
"We're replacing inefficient manual
inspection with an automated process," he says. "Not only does that help
us keep any non-conforming product
within our four walls, but we can also
take whatever actions are needed to
protect our manufacturing processes."
Oliver is currently building a brand
new, 68,000 square-foot facility in Suzhou, China, just outside of Shanghai.
The greenfield project will be finished
by the end of the year. "It's going to be
a first-class operation as we continue
to grow and serve our customers in the
Asian market," Vincent states.

A	Long	Path
Oliver is cautious when choosing suppliers. "It's a difficult path to become
an approved supplier for Oliver,"
Vincent admits. "There are many who
want to get into supplying medical
device companies, but it isn't easy.
"We might like their product, their
innovative approach and want to bring
them on board, but they're really start-


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