27.06.2019

BME and LOGY intend to cooperate in several business areas

The purchasing associations of Germany and Finland signed a cooperation agreement at the 14th European Procurement Excellence Summit (EPE) in Dresden.

During the evening event of the 14th European Procurement Excellence Summit (EPE) in Dresden, the heads of the BME and the Finnish LOGY purchasing association signed a cooperation agreement. From the left: LOGY CEO Olli-Pekka Juhantila, BME Board Chairman Horst Wiedmann, LOGY CEO Markku Henttinen and BME CEO Dr. Silvius Grobosch. Photo: Tobias Sauer/BME e.V.

In view of the advancing globalization and digitization of the economy, the purchasing associations from Germany (BME) and Finland (LOGY) want to significantly expand their strategic cooperation. A corresponding cooperation agreement was signed at the evening event of the 14th European Procurement Excellence Summit (EPE) in Dresden. Dr. Silvius Grobosch, Chief Executive Officer, and Horst Wiedmann, Board Chairman, signed for the BME. For LOGY Markku Henttinen, CEO of the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics, and Olli-Pekka Juhantila, Chairman of the Executive Board, signed the document.

“The core of our joint strategic considerations is cooperation in several business areas. These include training courses, benchmark services, young professionals, international B2B events and compliance,” said BME Managing Director Dr. Silvius Grobosch in Dresden. The cooperation that has now been agreed lays the foundation for an alliance that will meet the challenges of tomorrow. “With LOGY and BME, two of the largest European associations with a total of more than 14,000 members are moving closer together,” added Grobosch.

The latest initiative is part of the BME's internationalization strategy and pursues the goal of gaining further weight as the largest purchasing association in Europe. It is not only planned to expand the own network beyond national borders. Rather, it is also a matter of working even more closely with other associations and organisations. Grobosch: “We will first start with cooperations, which can then develop into alliances. In future, it will not be the individual organisations that will emerge victorious from the competition, but the better networks that will prevail. This applies not only to companies, but also to associations.”

About LOGY: The Finnish Purchasing and Logistics Association (LOGY) is committed to improving national procurement processes and promoting the logistics sector. LOGY has more than 4,000 individual members and over 300 company members.

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