May 4, 2021

Arkad S.p.A Sourcing Strategy includes Ivalua and PwC

Tom Swallow
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Arkad S.p.A works with Ivalua and PwC for long-term spend management to support sourcing strategy for Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects
Arkad S.p.A works with Ivalua and PwC for long-term spend management to support sourcing strategy for Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects...

As the need for a more effective sourcing strategy creates a demand for digital transformation, global businesses are looking at how they can better manage their spending across all areas of business.

From the sourcing stage to the execution of a project and the long-term management, global commerce now requires more innovative ways to select and manage suppliers throughout each project.

Enter Arkad S.p.A

Arkad S.p.A, a world-leading energy services group, - launched in 2018, operates as part of the Arkad Group to deliver technologies and skills to their customers in the oil and gas sector. 

The Arkad Group has a wealth of experience operating in upstream and midstream fields. It has a solid overall presence in the energy sector, completing 300 successful Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects across more than 30 countries - often in environmentally hostile regions.

Arkad S.p.A has taken on Ivalua - recognised as a leading provider of procurement management software in Gartner’s ‘2020 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites” - for its spend management cloud expertise.

PwC is working with Ivalua as a trusted implementation partner with a network of over 284,000 professionals across the globe.

"Being one of the main Ivalua's Alliance Partners as well as a direct user of Ivalua's solutions, that we have recently adopted for our PwC Italy's Digital Procurement operations, enables us to have a deeper understanding of our customers' needs and of the value-added offered by Ivalua's products”, explained Francesco Bandolin, Digital Procurement Director at PwC.

Digital Transformation

Arkad S.p.A started its digital transformation journey in December 2020 as it began implementing the Ivalua supplier management module.

As a result of this and the revamp of its supplier qualification process, it can provide more suitable outcomes for both parties and encourage long-term supplier relationships.

The whole digital transformation has successfully matched the ethos and values of the company. 

It has provided the ability to source, execute and manage its sourcing strategy while maintaining trust, fairness, transparency and respect among suppliers.

"Implementing the Ivalua suite is empowering us to spearhead our digital way of working. This application helped us harmonise the requirements for all of our Sourcing Activities globally, drive compliance throughout our Supplier Management System, and optimise savings from RFx and Auctions," said Marco Del Giaccio, Head of Procurement and Supply Chain at Arkad S.p.A.

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May 13, 2021

NextSource starts procurement for Madagascar graphite mine

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NextSource Materials has started its procurement of processing plant equipment for its Molo graphite mine in Madagascar, East Africa.

NextSource Materials has announced it has begun procurement of processing plant equipment for its Molo graphite mine in Madagascar, East Africa, with the Canadian company securing funding from its strategic investor, Vision Blue Resources Limited. 

Since obtaining the capital, NextSource has been its Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firm to ensure all design work and the final project cost estimates are completed. 

The company has recently placed orders for processing plant equipment, including primary, flash flotation and attrition mills, flotation column and cleaning circuits, and screeners, crushers and feeders. 

While talking about the project, President and CEO of NextSource, Craig Scherba, praised the efforts of his team. He said: “We have reached yet another key milestone with the procurement of key items that will form the backbone of the Molo processing plant. This is a testament to the hard work and diligence of our technical team.”

According to NextSource, construction of the project will begin in August 2021, while commissioning for the mine is targeted for April 2022. The processing plant will be designed to process 240,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of ore and produce around 17,000 tpa of SuperFlake graphite concentrate, NextSpace claims. 

What is SuperFlake graphite concentrate and what is it used for?

Unique to NextSource Materials, Superflake graphite concentrate was released in September 2019 and can achieve a carbon purity rating of 98%, according to NextSource. The graphite powder also has a high degree of thermal expansion and can be upgraded to 99.97% battery-grade purity. 

Flake size is measured in mesh with the largest or ‘jumbo’ being +48mesh. Extra large is classed as +65mesh and large is +80 mesh.NextSource says that the jumbo graphite is used exclusively for specialty graphite foils with a focus on a variety of applications in the automotive, chemical sealant, fire-retardant, and consumer electronics industries.  

According to the battery materials research company Roskill, in 2018 Canada imported over 38,786 tonnes of flake graphite. Meanwhile, Japan produced 57,863 tonnes, South Korea 58,341 tonnes, and Germany 55,100 tonnes with the flake powder being a registered trademark in these countries. 


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