01/29/2008, Düsseldorf / Germany


Henkel Laundry & Home Care awards prize to outstanding suppliers

At the 2008 SDA (Soap and Detergent Association) Annual Meeting and Industry Convention, January 29 to February 2, 2008 in the United States (Florida) Henkel Laundry & Home Care awards prizes to two outstanding suppliers. The “Best Innovation Contributor 2007” goes to Clariant for the best contribution of an external partner delivering outstanding consumer-relevant innovation that resulted in a product of highest market value. The “Best Supply Performance 2007” is awarded to Evonik Degussa for its outstanding supply performance.

“We are very happy to hand over the prize for the ‘Best Innovation Contributor 2007’ to our long-term business partner Clariant. Due to excellent suppliers who help us by delivering innovative chemistry, we are able to continuously market new breakthrough innovations by which we constantly maintain and enlarge our leading global positions in our relevant markets”, explained Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Senior Vice President for R&D, Technology and Supply Chain within Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business sector.

As a result of Henkel’s decision to involve its partner Clariant at an early stage, e.g. right from brainstorming, the cooperation was extremely successful. It resulted in a unique and exclusive stain dissolving booster which was incorporated into Henkel's premium laundry detergents by using a new technology process. This resulted in the best ever Persil.

Measuring supply performance is also very important to improve processes. Therefore Henkel awards a prize for supply performance, too. Among many companies that do a great job in reliably supplying Henkel every day, one company turned out to be the best in 2007: Evonik Degussa. The company was therefore awarded the prize “Best Supply Performance 2007”.