BASF partners with MIT for supply chain innovation

by MM&D staff

CAMBRIDGE, MA: Chemical producer BASF is establishing a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL). The company has become a Strategic Partner in the Center’s Supply Chain Exchange. The Supply Chain Exchange is a community of companies working together to use research and knowledge to achieve competitive advantage through supply chain innovation.

“The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics is one of the foremost sources of supply chain innovation,” said Dr. Robert Blackburn, senior vice-president and head of global supply chain at BASF. “Joining the Supply Chain Exchange provides a great opportunity for BASF to continue our demonstrated track record of developing sustainable innovations throughout our supply chain as well as better aligning our global supply chain with our corporate business strategy to the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

“BASF with its innovative supply chain is paving the way for sustainable business practices,” said Professor Yossi Sheffi, director for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. “We are confident our partnership with BASF will provide further insight into how they can continue to achieve profitable growth while considering the environmental impact. We are also convinced that this collaboration will provide value not only to MIT, but also to our other partners in the strategic partnerships program.”

The Supply Chain Exchange provides networking and educational opportunities within MIT and CTL’s corporate partner community, which includes representatives of some of the leading manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and transportation and logistics service providers. Participating companies share information, experiences and opinions in a collaborative and collegial setting to help drive supply chain best practices. Additionally, BASF will directly benefit from interaction with MIT researchers on current industry issues and privileged access to CTL’s symposia series, student recruiting and communications programs.

As part of the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, CTL is an international leader in the field of transportation and logistics. CTL coordinates extensive research on the understanding of transportation system planning, operations and management. The organization has made significant contributions to logistics modeling and supply chain management for shippers; to technology and policy analysis for government; and to management, planning and operations for motor, railroad, air and ocean carriers.