Henkel opened a new global supply chain hub in Singapore in August 2016, as part of its push to merge its supply chains around the world.
The Singapore hub, together with its global supply chain headquarters in Amsterdam, will standardize and consolidate Henkel’s purchasing, production and logistics processes across three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry and Home Care.
Henkel, which has operated here since 1983, aims to develop Singapore into a global centre of excellence, by implementing best practices in supply chain and talent management, sustainability, as well as digitalisation.
Some of its key operations include:
- Industry 4.0 – Digitalised, integrated manufacturing
Singapore is also a base for implementing digitalised, integrated manufacturing, or “Industry 4.0”, to enable agile processes and smart systems. In this frontier endeavor, Henkel is building up a digital ecosystem of established standards with large vendors as well as game-changing innovations with start-ups. As an early adopter of Industry 4.0, Henkel has already moved 11 of its 32 adhesive technologies factories in Asia to the smart factory model.
- Digital supply chain hub
A digital hub for South Asia has been set up within the global supply chain hub. The digital team is tasked with identifying promising start-ups with digital and technological expertise and working with universities on joint programs to accelerate digitalization within Henkel. It is partnering with start-ups on pilot projects related to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, logistics and artificial intelligence as well as digital marketing and e-commerce.