Following the successes of previous projects between MRO procurement and supply chain specialists Entec International and their academic partners at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project has been launched to assess the potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D Printing, in the spare parts supply chain.

According to CEO Mike Robinson, Entec is looking to build upon its expertise in complex supply chain management through the supplementary implementation of localised manufacturing. This innovative new model will help across several economic, sociological, and environmental areas by driving down growing air-freight costs, reducing shipping times, cutting carbon footprint, and by further optimising the holding inventory of spare parts – ultimately increasing the customer’s bottom line through the accessibility of near-instantaneous MRO inventory supply.

The project will follow the life-cycle of a product against the Environmental Management Systems standards as described in the ISO 14000 series, and will have a focus on enviro-economic effects of 3D printed suitable materials to ensure a sustainable solution is delivered in alignment with Entec’s environmental centric growth.


Pictured: 3D Printing


For a global brand business with complex manufacturing and packaging operations, often in challenging markets such as Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, there are daily demands for planned and unplanned spares. Inevitably this means working with multiple suppliers, both locally and internationally, all of whom have different ways of working and variable trading terms in multiple currencies.

Many organisations, while knowing how much they spend and with whom, do not necessarily understand what they are buying or how many parts they genuinely need to meet demand.

Entec’s mission is to simplify this essential and often overlooked area of manufacturing operations, bringing increased visibility, control and compliance, supporting our clients enabling them to operate more efficiently, reduce waste and drive down costs.

UK based MRO procurement and supply chain specialist Entec International has appointed Carlos Lobaton as Business Development Manager for the LATAM (Latin America) region. Carlos joins the team responsible for rolling out a major procurement and supply chain consolidation programme, covering 11 countries and 39 sites across Latin America, on behalf of a global soft drinks and savoury snacks client.

Carlos, who has over fifteen years of experience working in complex sales environments for diverse industries in regional companies of Latin America, such as British Telecom, Nokia/Siemens and Oracle, will also be helping drive expansion of Entec’s operations in LATAM markets.

The latest project for Entec in LATAM builds on the company’s success with the leading FMCG brand over the last three years in the APAC (Australia, New Zealand, Thailand) and AMESA (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan) regions.

The new contracts in LATAM will see Entec’s unique ‘3PMRO’ services deliver significant productivity savings and optimisation of plant inventory, returning operating cash to the business whilst substantially reducing the CO2 emission.

In the first twelve months Entec will provide streamlined off-shore procurement services to all manufacturing sites in the region, targeting savings for the client in excess of $1m USD across all operations in 2021.

Regional Business Development Director for Entec Richard Zeverona comments, “Entec’s strong track record with this client has been established in regions where English is the widely accepted language for business. Part of the challenge for us in extending our services is that this is not always the case in Latin American businesses. Although we have Spanish speakers on our team, Carlos brings extensive experience and professional qualifications, in addition to an excellent command of business English. With this combination of skills, undoubtedly he will be a great asset to Entec and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Carlos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Universidad Javeriana and an MBA in Management from the Universidad de los Andes.


Pictured: Carlos Lobaton, Business Development Manager for the LATAM region, Entec International


Global MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) procurement and supply chain specialist Entec International has appointed senior executive Chris Cullen to lead the next phase of its ‘Project Fulcrum’ 3PMRO service to a global leader in beverage alcohol.

Chris brings extensive international experience in the FMCG sector, as well as the Oil & Gas industry, gained over his years in senior roles with major companies including Carlsberg, British Gas, BP and Diageo.

Chris was responsible latterly for creating and delivering a global strategy to drive improvements in equipment reliability and safety standards, within the packaging operations of a global beverage alcohol client, achieving significant cost and efficiency improvements. This links well with his new role at Entec, as Chris will oversee ‘Fulcrum’ ensuring the right spares are available at the right time, underwriting equipment performance and reliability.

Starting in Nigeria, Chris and his team will run constant analysis of parts procurement, consumption and inventory data, rightsizing stock and moving static inventory to dynamic need across African operations. The project, managing demand, procurement, logistics and stores optimisation, will service west and east African operations initially, but could ultimately deliver value globally, as MRO inventory and procurement are restructured around global, regional and local demand.

Entec’s 3PMRO service releases cash into the client’s business by rationalizing and reducing inventory, controlling parts purchasing and consolidating shipments. It replaces multiple suppliers, currencies, purchase orders and invoices to a single point of contact, significantly simplifying and streamlining the supply chain, while driving down costs and carbon emissions.

Commenting on this key appointment, Entec CEO Mike Robinson said, “I have known Chris for a number of years; in the months before formally becoming part of the team, Chris has been working with Entec on a consultancy basis. As a former executive operations and engineering manager for a global corporate client, he has tremendous expertise in the sector and operational insights that make him a great asset to Entec, particularly in the further development of Project Fulcrum. We are delighted to welcome him to the team!”

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