Unilever and Celsis partnership wins Supply and Demand Chain Executive Top 100 Award

  Unilever and Celsis partnership wins Supply and Demand Chain Executive Top
  100 Award

Business Wire

LONDON -- July 1, 2014

Unilever (NYSE: UN,LSE:ULVR)and Celsis International have been awarded the
Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) Top 100 Award 2014, given to companies
that successfully execute innovative, transformative supply chain projects
that deliver bottom-line value to the organization.

Unilever and Celsis partnered to execute a Unilever initiative to streamline
its supply chain by standardizing microbiological testing and release
protocols worldwide at over 40 manufacturing sites in nearly 30 countries.
Using the Celsis Advance™ system with AMPiScreen™ reagent assay, Unilever
manufacturing sites were able to cut their micro hold time from seven days
down to 24 hours, significantly reducing their production cycles.

“The global implementation of AMPiScreen at Unilever manufacturing enables our
supply chain to have one global test method for rapid product release of home
and personal care formulations,” said Deidre Mitchell, Manager Development
Microbiology at Unilever.

Implementation was strategically managed and executed by a team of Unilever
and Celsis representatives ensuring each site released products on Celsis
AMPiScreen as efficiently as possible, minimizing any potential disruptions to
the supply chain.

Mitchell added, “Our factories are seeing the benefits of a using a rapid
microbiological quality test method to obtain reliable data within 24 hours as
opposed to waiting a full seven days with traditional test methods. It allows
us to be fully confident in the data we generate to indicate our products meet
our quality standards before we release them into the market place.”

“We are very pleased to be recognized for the SDCE100 award for our work with
Unilever to harmonize and streamline their global supply chain. The success of
this project validates the total value that our system provides manufacturers
by ensuring the quality of released products and, more importantly, taking
days off their production cycles—resulting in reduced manufacturing costs,
freed up working capital, and a much leaner supply chain,” said Jay LeCoque,
CEO of Celsis International.

The partnership continues as Unilever now also uses the Celsis system for
testing at additional points in the supply chain to confirm the incoming
quality of strategic, microbiologically-sensitive ingredients, further
streamlining their production efficiency.

About the SDCE 100 Awards

The SDCE 100 recognizes solution providers and their clients for leadership in
improving supply chain function with measureable gains in ROI. The submissions
were evaluated by the magazine's editorial staff primarily based on:
ambitiousness/scope of the project, creative application of
technologies/solutions/services used, and the extent of the business
results/impact.

About Celsis International

The world’s leading innovator in rapid detection, Celsis systems are used
globally by leading companies to identify the absence or presence of
contamination in as few as 18-24 hours. Companies in the Home, Beauty, Dairy,
Beverage, Food and Pharmaceutical industries can reduce hold times, inventory
requirements, and costs while enhancing product quality. For more information,
go to www.celsis.com or email marketing@celsis.com.

Contact:

Celsis International
Bree Deters
1 312 476 1238
bdeters@celsis.com
 
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