Print Facebook For the second year in a row, Shannon Chamber has collaborated with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in Clare to give smaller, indigenous companies an insight into what they should focus on if they wish to be considered as a supplier to a larger company, indigenous or multinational.Hosting a seminar entitled ‘The SME & Multinational Company Procurement Process: A Guide for Prospective Suppliers’ during Enterprise Week 2020, which took place from the 2nd – 6th March, Shannon Chamber enlisted the help of three member companies, Reagecon Diagnostics, Atlantic Aviation Group and Microchip Technology Ireland to outline their specific procurement requirements.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With a supplier spend of approximately €13millon every year, €7m of which is in the local economy, Reagecon’s outsourcing requirements include raw material chemicals, packaging and labels, consumables, IT services, freight, facilities, consultancy and training and development.Outlining what the company seeks in a supplier, Reagecon’s commercial director Michelle Hynes said: “We assess potential suppliers on the quality of their product, the accreditation and certification they have attained, their quality management systems, cost in terms of value for money and, price security.“We also look at their compliance, safety and delivery track records. Risk in terms of business continuity planning and flexibility are also key considerations.” she said.With 1,300 approved vendors on its data base, aircraft maintenance, technical services and training company Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) sources a high percentage of its aircraft spares and parts mainly from the US, the UK and central Europe, but procurement opportunities do exist in three distinct areas: aircraft-related, commercial and capex procurement.Similar to Reagecon Diagnostics, AAG looks for quality, professionalism, competence, reliability and a good communication flow with all of its suppliers, stated the company’s presenters at the seminar: Trevor Sweeney, CFO; Joe Fitzgerald, materials team leader and Stephen Dowling, facilities project manager.Ennis-based Microchip Technology Ireland, part of total systems solutions provider Microchip Inc., which expends over €2m on commodities in Ireland and worldwide, classifies its vendors into categories based on their level of criticality to the business and uses management tools and techniques to further assess if a vendor can meet the expectations and requirements of the company.Purchasing and supply chain specialist with the company Eugene Hannan listed on-time delivery, continuity of supply, quality, responsiveness, flexibility, as the critical requirements of companies seeking to do business with the company whilst bonus points are allocated to companies that initiate continuous improvement initiatives in the area of strategic cost management, supply chain support and technology improvements. He also suggested that smaller companies could consider supplying to the larger organisation by linking up with vendor management companies.Thanking Shannon Chamber for organising a very informative and important event, LEO Clare’s head of enterprise Padraic McElwee added: “Events of this nature are hugely valuable as the small supplier needs to understand the requirements of larger companies and what elements in their supply chain can be provided locally.“They need to do their homework before approaching any company and, knowing the facts, make a compelling argument as to why they should be considered as a potential vendor.“Collaboration between large and small companies makes an important contribution to the local economy and an event of this nature could be the catalyst for opening up doors,” he added.Asking attendees if they required introductions to the presenters, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downs drew a resounding full show of hands and commented: “Every new business deal starts with an initial introduction. Shannon Chambers is delighted to be the conduit to such introductions and to play its part in securing business for members companies of all sizes.”The SME & Multinational Company Procurement Process: A Guide for Prospective Suppliers seminar was one of seven events organised by LEO Clare during Local Enterprise Week. 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By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 17, 2018 The Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Naval Operations Command (CON, in Portuguese) will increase cooperation with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a U.S Navy and Royal Navy-led multinational naval partnership, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. CMF fights piracy, terrorism, and illegal activities at sea. In July 2018, Brazil officially became the 33rd and only Latin American country to join CMF. The organization controls navigation in 3.2 million square miles of high-risk international waters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, including the Red Sea, the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. “This means that Brazil became a sitting member of a select group of countries seeking to contribute to maritime security and free trade in a region with a high concentration of maritime shipping lanes. The new status increases operational knowledge in the fight against crimes at sea, such as piracy, terrorism, drug, and arms trafficking. It’s also a great opportunity to establish exchanges with other navies, given the considerable number of countries involved,” said MB Commander Wendell Petrocelli de Lima of CON’s Joint Operations and Planning Division. In the past, liaison officers at CMF deployed to serve in the Middle East forwarded threat reports in monitored maritime areas to CON. As Brazil joined CMF as a sitting member, MB Commander João Orlando Enes Prudêncio took on the role of senior national representative, to act as a CMF General Staff member, in Manama, July 2018–July 2019. Cmdr. Prudêncio will then be assigned to CON to serve a two-year minimum, applying and disseminating all acquired knowledge. Brazilian maritime potential CMF is under the command of U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, who also serves as commander of U.S Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. Royal Navy Commodore Steve Dainton, UK Maritime Component commander at CMF, is second-in-command. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Brazil to our growing organization,” said Commodore Dainton in a CMF press release. “It shows that maritime security issues like piracy and acts of terror are a global concern, and we hope the Brazilian Navy contributes to our international partnership.” CMF’s resources fall under three combined task forces (CTF). CTF-150, Maritime Security Operations and Counterterrorism, was created in February 2002 after 9/11. CTF-151, Counter-Piracy, handles combat operations against piracy since January 2009. CTF-152, Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf, prioritizes the fight against terror and narcotraffickers under a U.S and Royal Saudi Navy-led team of officers. Brazil’s new membership attests to the power of its naval force and its capabilities, means, and human resources to cooperate and take part in global maritime task forces and operations. “Brazil participates with an officer in the General Staff of CTF-151, which is responsible for the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa, since November 2017. The Brazilian Navy has a second officer since September 28, 2018, who, along with Cmdr. Prudêncio, is part of the General Staff of CTF-151, under Kuwait’s command,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Future possibilities With critical vessels among its fleet, such as the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier Atlântico and the Bahia Multipurpose Dock Ship, that are now formally part of CMF, MB could participate in international patrols within CMF’s jurisdiction. “Not now, but as a CMF member country, it’s possible in the future,” Cmdr. Petrocelli said. “MB’s ship crews are trained to take action during several combat operations and crimes at sea, such as those CMF faces,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. Since 2011, MB commands the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon with a ship and an aircraft permanently deployed to stop the influx of illegal weapons and contraband. MB also contributes to training the Lebanese Navy to help its troops gain operational autonomy. “Brazil seeks to stay current and engaged in maritime threat matters, although our actions within CMF are limited to combating piracy, due to the Brazilian government’s legal position,” said Cmdr. Petrocelli. “Piracy in the Horn of Africa is a problem that afflicts the entire international community because it directly affects global trade, and Brazil has an interest in contributing to fighting this crime. In addition, Brazil can gain from the experience in the fight against piracy in this part of the world to use against the existing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a strategic area of great interest for the country,” concluded Cmdr. Petrocelli.
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CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake’s mayor and city administrator say it’s not totally “business as usual” in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Mayor Nelson Crabb says while many offices are currently closed to the public, municipal work does continue. “The office is closed, there’s a sign outside if you do want to communicate to call us and people do that. There’s a drop-box for people to drop off messages or bills to be paid. The library is pretty much closed down, there’s not much activity there, the employees are there every day. Public Works is very active but still maintain that social distancing among themselves and when out in public.” Crabb says one of the things that typically takes place this time of year in Clear Lake, the spring large-item pickup, has been postponed until a date to be determined. “We didn’t set another date for that but we’ll see how these next couple of weeks ago and then look at setting a new date for that. Once again, that’s not only to protect the public, but that’s also to protect our Public Works guys when they’re going out and picking up items that they don’t know where they’ve been. Again, face-to-face it’s not a time for that right now.” City Administrator Scott Flory says the public health emergency has caused the city to rethink how they do a lot of things. “In some ways going back to the tried and true methods of doing things, doing a lot of things over the telephone that we used to do face-to-face. We’ve just had to become a little more creative but we’re still delivering the same level of services that we’ve been able to provide for a very long time, so it’s just creating new ways of delivering those services and trying the recognize the need to be safe and conscious about that and the process of doing it.” Flory says besides city buildings, they’ve had to deal with closing down areas of the city’s parks. “We’ve of course had to close our playgrounds, shelters and restroom facilities. A lot of things have changed, but under the guidelines that the governor has put out and the department of public health, we’re trying to continue to provide as best of quality of service as we possibly can.” Crabb and Flory made their comments on today’s edition of the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO. If you missed the program, you can listen back to it via the audio player below