ERPC

The European Railways Purchasing Conference (as from now on “ERPC”) is an institution created by European Railways Companies, both Operators and Infrastructure managers.

The "ERPC" acts a forum for Purchasing Directors of the Railway Companies of Europe, with the objective to encourage and support the development of professional purchasing processes within the members companies.

The strategy to achieve this objective is to foster mutual contacts among the leading buyers of the railway companies in Europe.

Since July 1, 2004, “ERPC” is a body of the International Union of Railways (UIC, Union International de Chemin de Fer) and is installed as a “Special Group” conform UIC statutes.

MSU tool

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  • The MSU procurement model, produced by the Michigan State University has been proposed to the ERPC in April 2004 by Alexander Arsath Roi’s the former ERPC General Secretary. This tool can be used to determine the level of maturity of the purchasing department of every ERPC member and enables a comparison between every score within the network.
  • This tool can be used to define strategies for achieving improvements and to professionalize the purchasing role. The model also stimulates the exchange of best practice within the organisation itself and/or with other organisations and enables benchmarking.
  • In April 2005, 16 members out of 23 made the self assessment of their company. Those who got the best scores presented their results and comment their good practices. Here are examples of subjects that have been mentioned: In-and Outsourcing, Commodity Strategy Development, supply base management, Human Resource Development, Supplier Partnership.
  • In October 2005, we go on presenting best practices on the basis of the MSU results and decided to go ahead with MSU being the professional backbone of ERPC.
  • Based upon the decision made in Amsterdam (October 3, 2005), the meeting agreed on letting the Presidency prepare a workshop on the subject on MSU in February 2006. The main goal is to make MSU even more relevant to the needs and requirements of the members of ERPC.

Scoring possibilities scaled from 0 up to 10 Last update: September 2006

MSU workshop 8th February 2006
THEME: HOW TO USE MSU INTO CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR YOUR SPECIFIC ORGANISATION?

Background

Based upon the decision made in Amsterdam (October 3, 2005), the meeting agreed on letting the Presidency prepare a workshop on the subject on MSU. The main goal is to make MSU even more relevant to the needs and requirements of the members of ERPC.

Organisation

Functionning

The work of the ERPC is based on:

  • Management by the Presiding Board;
  • Meetings, generally held twice a year with the participation of specialists focused on different aspects of procurement.
  • Study Groups dealing with issues specified during the conferences - such as track, rolling stock, energy ...

Furthermore, the Procurement Directors of the European Railway companies (Operators as well as Infrastructure managers) share knowledge and best practices.

Presidency

President
Mr Frédéric Tilmans
INFRABEL
Head of Procurement
Tel.: +32 2 525 22 64
Mobile: +32 499 59 17 78
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2, BE – 1060 Bruxelles, Belgique
Email: frederic.tilmans@infrabel.be

Vice-President
Mr Edgardo Greco
RFI
Procurement Director
Tel.: +39 (6) 47308901
Mobile: +39 (335) 7610317
Via dello Scalo Prenestino 25, 00159 Roma, Italy
Email: ed.greco@rfi.it

Vice-President
Mr Simon Indola
VR-GROUP
Chief Procurement Officer
Tel.: +358 (40) 86 20 480
Mobile: +358 (307) 204 80
P.O. Box 488 (Vilhonkatu 13), FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
Email: simon.indola@vr.fi

Secretary
Mr Michel De Prins
INFRABEL
Procurement Change Manager
Tel.: +32 2 432 57 45
Mobile: +32 490 65 10 53
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2, BE – 1060 Bruxelles, Belgique
Email: michel.deprins@infrabel.be

Ethical standards

Since the ERPC represents the majority of the railway-buyers in Europe it is important that the actions of the ERPC always conform to EC article 81 and 82 concerning the ban on cartels and the misuse of a dominant position.

This document outlines the Ethical Standards to be followed by the ERPC in conducting its business.

The members of the ERPC shall abide by the following ethical rules:

  • The ERPC shall act to increase competition.
  • The aim of the ERPC is to standardize purchasing practices across borders to facilitate a smoother interface to the market, i.e. harmonized conditions
  • The actions of the ERPC must not result in unreasonable contract conditions for the suppliers.
  • The ERPC shall not operate as a forum for joint purchasing.
  • Any commercial information is to be treated in strict confidence and not be promulgated for use in negotiations.
  • The ERPC shall operate in a fair and transparent manner to improve the benefit to the consumer.
  • Decisions taken by the ERPC are not binding on the member organizations.

Contact

Mr Michel De Prins
INFRABEL
Procurement Change Manager
Tel.: +32 2 432 57 45
Mobile: +32 490 65 10 53
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2, BE – 1060 Bruxelles, Belgique
Email: michel.deprins@infrabel.be

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