Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH: Saving Millions Puts Researchers on Award Shortlist

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH: Saving Millions Puts Researchers on Award Shortlist

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Helping a global company to reduce costs and increase earnings in a declining market has gained researchers from The University of AucklandCOs Faculty of Engineering a finalistCOs spot in an international competition.

Norske Skog, one of the worldCOs largest paper producers, called on the universityCOs Department of Engineering Science to streamline its manufacturing and supply chain costs using operations research. The model professor Andy Philpott helped Norske Skog to develop saved the company more than US$200 million over 11 years.

Now the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has announced Norske Skog as one of six finalists for the 2009 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The other finalists, selected from 200 companies, were IBM, HP, Marriott International, CSX Transportation and Zara. The New Zealand team behind the Norske Skog initiative will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, next month for the competition final presentations after which the overall winner will be announced. …

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