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An Experience of SparePart Management & MRO Innovation


  Channel:  Online via Zoom
  When:  08 March 2021
  Time:  10h30am - 11h30am (SAST, CAT, GMT+2}

During this innovative webinar the question will be addressed ”How can tomorrow be improved?”. This webinar strives to inspire the audience by making attendees aware of innovations in the field of Spare Parts Management (SPM) and Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO). The webinar provides input for a long-term improvement SPM roadmap illustrating innovations for improvement in a practical way through the use of global case studies and discussion demonstrating the opportunities.


Jan Willem Rustenburg

CEO at Gordian Logistic Experts, The Netherlands.

 Johannes Coetzee

MD of Martec, Vice-Chair of GFMAM, Advice Board for Dept. Industrial Eng. At the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

 Sean Culey

Founder of Sean Culey Ltd, Business Transformation advisor, change agent and inspirational keynote speaker, Author of 'Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity', Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a certified APICS SCOR Master Instructor (SCOR-P) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), The United Kingdom.

 Wouter Heijnen

Consultant at Gordian Logistic Experts, The Netherlands.

This event is FREE!


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