May 17, 2020

eBuilder wins 2011 EuroCloud Private Sector award

Supply Chain Digital
eBuilder Procurement
Freddie Pierce
2 min
Competing against 27 other European cloud suppliers, procurement pro eBuilder wins the EuroCloud 2011 award for the ‘Best Cloud Case, Private Sector’
Competing against 27 other European cloud suppliers, eBuilder won the EuroCloud 2011 award for the “Best Cloud Case, Private Sector.” &ldqu...

Competing against 27 other European cloud suppliers, eBuilder won the EuroCloud 2011 award for the “Best Cloud Case, Private Sector.”

“In this business case, the alignment of eBuilder with its clients DHL/Alfa Laval proved remarkable and showed the potential of the cloud for distributed companies and at a critical end-to-end level for the client,” the selection jury said. “eBuilder was instrumental in enhancing the agility of its client in an ever changing and demanding market.”

eBuilder CEO Bengt Wallentin was particularly pleased with the selection.

“This EuroCloud award is convincing recognition of the business value we deliver to our customers,” Bengt said. “Both winning the award for the Best Cloud Case Study (private sector) and being nominated for the Best Cloud Case Study (public sector) award confirm our position as a leader in delivering cloud processes for our customers’ value networks.”

The goal of the EuroCloud Awards is to select the leading European suppliers of cloud services in the four award categories: Best Cloud Service, Best Cloud Start-Up, Best Cloud Case Study (private sector), and Best Cloud Case Study (public sector). The selection process began earlier in 2011 at the national level with more than 100 European Cloud service suppliers taking part in 12 national competitions.


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Twenty-eight award winners from nine of these countries then competed at the pan-European level in the EuroCloud Europe competition, where eBuilder won the award for the Best Cloud Case Study (private sector).

“The overall purpose of the national and the European Awards is to promote innovation, to showcase the best in cloud services, and to demonstrate how effective and beneficial the implementation of Cloud services can be,” says Michael Abrahamsson, Vice Chairman of EuroCloud and President of EuroCloud Sweden. “eBuilder has clearly shown how customers benefit from Cloud services.”

eBuilder is one of the leading global supplier of Cloud Processes that enable companies and organizations to automate, control, and manage their value networks for travel and expense management, procurement, supply chain order fulfillment, after sales supply chain and financial transactions.

Today, eBuilder has customers in over 60 countries with over 500,000 users.

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Edited by Kevin Scarpati

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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