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The benefits of a strong local supply chain

Yves Debroyer Yves Debroyer Feb 15, 2023

In today's globalized world, companies have access to a wide variety of suppliers and manufacturers across the globe. Since the 1990s we saw an increase with European companies sourcing products from Asia. However, in recent years a growing trend shows EU based consumers take a preference for products made in Europe. This blog post will take a look at some of the benefits why locally sourced products can be a smart choice for any company, regardless of where they operate in the world.

Shorter lead times & reduced costs

When you source locally  you can enjoy shorter lead times as the distance between you and your suppliers is reduced. As an example a cargo vessel sailing from China to Europe can take up to two months at sea – as opposed to a few days or weeks within the EU. This means that you can receive your goods more quickly, allowing you to respond to customer demand more efficiently.

Also, with fuel prices spinning out of control in recent months shipping goods over shorter distances can result in lower transportation and customs costs.

Enhanced sustainability

By reducing shipping distances, local sourcing can reduce the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of goods. This can help companies to meet their sustainability goals and reduce their environmental impact.

In addition, consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental and social impact of their purchasing decisions, and are looking to support products that are produced locally and sustainably. Statements such as “Made in Europe”  are therefore becoming increasingly important.

Improved quality control

By sourcing locally, you have the opportunity to visit your suppliers and inspect their products, ensuring that quality standards are met. This is particularly important for companies, such as Nexans, that require high-quality products, as it can reduce the risk of product failures and customer complaints.

Better communication

Having your suppliers sit in (or close to) your own time zone makes communicating easier. You can also visit them in person, have face-to-face meetings, and resolve any issues more quickly.

Support for local communities

Companies can support local communities by creating jobs and promoting economic growth. This can build stronger relationships with suppliers and customers, and can enhance the company's reputation as a responsible market player.

Nexans global production facilities

In conclusion, sourcing locally  offers several benefits, including: reduced lead times & logistics costs, improved quality control,  better communication, enhanced sustainability, and stimulation of the local economy.

Nexans, as a global company, has set up  factories in several countries in Euope, Asia, NW Africa and Turkey. In this way, being a global company with factories worldwide enables the ability to provide goods locally and enhance the customer experience.

Click on the link below and take a look in each of our plants.

About the author

Yves Debroyer

Yves Debroyer

Yves Debroyer joined Nexans in 2000 and is responsible for external communication in Nexans Cabling Solutions, as part of the Nexans Data & Telecom Business Group. Yves studied medieval history and currently resides in the belgian village of Buizingen. Whenever possible he likes to travel around Europe visiting historical locations.

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