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For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg Gibson, Executive Director, UNI
Phone: (240) 563-2223
June 4, 2019
The United Nuclear Industry Alliance Works with the American Nuclear Society to Promote U.S. Business
THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT FROM THE ANS' FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE SPECIAL SESSION CAN BE VIEWED HERE
Rockville, MD – The United Nuclear Industry Alliance (UNI) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) will be hosting an interactive nuclear supply chain special session during the ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. The dual session and workshop is titled “The Next Generation of Supply Chain Innovation–A New Business Road Map for the Supply Chain, Domestic and International” and will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
This inaugural session will discuss the need for U.S. suppliers to be more competitive in order to be successful as the nuclear industry transitions into the next decade of new nuclear projects. The first part of the session is a panel discussion featuring industry executives sharing their perspectives on what is needed to improve collaboration, communication, and integration between suppliers and utilities/operators.
The panel includes:
- Donald Hoffman, UNI Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of EXCEL Services Corporation, ANS Past President and Fellow will introduce UNI – Who Are We, How Are We Different, and What’s Our End Objective/Plans to Improve U.S. Supplier Business Domestically and Internationally
- Graham Cable, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Integration, Westinghouse North America will speak about the International U.S. Supply Chain Challenges - First Hand Experience
- Don Dracon, Vice President, Business Development AECOM will present the
U.S. Supply Chain Enhancement for Domestic and International Opportunities
- Art Wharton, Vice President Market Development, Studsvik will cover Export Strategy – How Can We Create A “Team USA” Supply Chain to Compete Internationally
Part two of the special session is an interactive workshop in which the attendees will work with the industry executives from the panel to identify and prioritize supply chain issues with corresponding actions. Together they will begin the first phase of the 2019-2020 Supply Chain Strategic and Tactical Working Plan.
UNI and ANS plan to continue to host the supply chain special sessions and workshops during ANS national meetings to continue the work of identifying industry challenges and update the Supply Chain Strategic and Tactical Working Plan.
UNI Executive Director, Greg Gibson, will chair the first special session in Minneapolis. He said, "UNI is pleased to work with the American Nuclear Society to host these sessions and develop the business infrastructure, policies, and programs needed to make America compete effectively in the international nuclear market. The U.S. must take their seat at the head of the table where billions of dollars is at stake, representing thousands of well-paying jobs for U.S. workers and suppliers.”
The American Nuclear Society hosts a podcast called "RadioNuclear."
RadioNuclear recently featured the United Nuclear Industry Alliance. This special podcast features ANS Past President and Fellow, United Nuclear Industry Alliance (UNI) Chairman of the Board, and President & CEO of EXCEL Services Corporation Donald Hoffman, along with UNI Executive Director, former President & CEO of Unistar Nuclear Energy, and the chair of this special session Greg Gibson.
Listen here as they discuss a new and ongoing interactive series of Supply Chain Special Sessions focusing on the next generation of supply chain innovation – a new business road map for the supply chain, domestic and international. This inaugural event will take place at the upcoming ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on Tuesday, June 11.
This joint ANS-United Nuclear Industry Alliance special session will discuss the need for U.S. suppliers to be more competitive, and outright successful, as the nuclear industry transitions into the next decade of new nuclear projects.
The Special Session will be hosted by Greg Gibson as Session Chair; and assisted by Session Moderator: Don Eggett, UNI Director of Supply Chain and Former Key Account Executive AMEC Foster Wheeler
The Special Session Panelists include: Don Dracon (AECOM), Graham Cable (Westinghouse), Donald Hoffman (UNI and EXCEL), and Art Wharton (Studsvik)
The schedule will be as follows:
Part I – Panel Discussion, 1:30-3:40 pm
Part II – Workshop, 3:55-5:30 pm
Be sure to attend the first ANS-UNI joint working session that will discuss the need for U.S. suppliers to be more competitive, and outright successful, as the nuclear industry transitions into the next decade of new nuclear projects.
The event will be held during the ANS Annual Meeting, June 9-13. Register today.
Supply Chain Special Session: The Next Generation Of Supply Chain Innovation–A New Business Road Map for the Supply Chain, Domestic and International
Tuesday, June 11:
Part I – Panel Discussion, 1:30-3:40 pm CT
Part II – Workshop, 3:55-5:30 pm CT
A modern business road map must be integrated into the “Next-Generation U.S. Supply Chain Process” for it to be successful. This is imperative domestically with Utilities/Operators and emerging reactor technologies, and internationally as they compete to provide goods and services to global nuclear projects.
Engaged industry executives will share their perspectives on what is needed to improve collaboration and integration between Suppliers and Utilities/Operators.
Special focus will be dedicated to attendee and panelist interaction with a workshop to identify issues needing attention along with developing corresponding actions for a 2019-2020 Supply Chain Strategic and Tactical Working Plan.
UNI: Who Are We, How Are We Different, and What’s Our End Objective and Plans to Improve U.S. Supplier Business Domestically and Internationally
International U.S. Supply Chain Challenges – First Hand Experience
U.S. Supply Chain Enhancement for Domestic and International Opportunities
How Can We Create A “Team USA” Supply Chain to Compete Internationally
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Art Wharton, Director, Export Strategy Working Group, UNI. During the meeting, presentations were provided by: Greg Gibson, United Nuclear Industry Alliance (UNI); Lewis Csedrik (Morgan Lewis); and Donald Hoffman (UNI).
The afternoon session of the meeting was attended by representatives from the US Government (USG) Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the Export/Import Bank.
At the conclusion of the session, we agreed to provide the Meeting Attendees and interested parties who could not attend, with: (1) the Key Points from the meeting and meeting discussion synopsis; and (2) 2019 UNI Draft Position Statements.
We hope that each attendee and UNI member will continue to be involved in UNI and we would like to solicit everyone’s involvement and membership for our next meeting.
The next Export Strategy meetings will involve:
(1) Separate teleconferences on specific items to further develop the framework for a draft WIN PLAN; and
(2) Our next meeting in late Summer 2019.
Future meetings will be limited to members of the United Nuclear Industry Alliance – please contact me for an application and to discuss our exceptionally low, introductory “Founding Membership” rates.
For more information contact Celine Ryan, Director, UNI Operations Support.
Mr. Eggett opened the meeting with a review of the Agenda and provided a brief summary on the key points from the February 26, 2019 meeting.
Mr. Greg Gibson, UNI’s Executive Director, reported that Mr. Vince Gilbert had formally retired. Mr. Gibson stated that Vince’s proposed surprise retirement party has been re-scheduled for June 11th during the UNI Special Session & Workshop, “The Next Generation of Supply Chain Innovation–A New Business Road Map for the Supply Chain, Domestic and International” at the upcoming American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
Mr. Gibson then announced that Mr. Don Eggett had been appointed to the position of UNI’s Director, Supply Chain, replacing Mr. Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert has been invited to continue, as his retirement permits, to participate in future UNI activities as an ad-hoc Director, Emeritus.
Detailed discussions entailed, with Don Eggett spending the necessary time reviewing and highlighting the February 26th meeting minutes to ensure key issues and summaries were understood by meeting participants and given their necessary prioritization:
• Near Term – LWR Fleet Sustainment and Decommissioning
• Medium Term – SMRs
• Longer Term – Advanced Reactors
Current LWR Fleet Operations sustainment is a high priority.
The four major gaps from the first SCWG meeting were identified and discussed at this meeting:
Gap 1: High Risk in Losing Supplier Safety Related Capabilities
Gap 2: International Nuclear Standards Harmonization
Gap 3: Proactive means to achieve a defined US supplier content in International Nuclear Projects
Gap 4: Development of sufficient human resources, tools and methods to support
increasing number of transitions from nuclear plant operations to nuclear plant decommissioning modes
Gap 5: Proposal for New Nuclear Technologies Waiting to be Commercialized
To become a UNI Member and participate on our Supply Chain Working Group, contact Mr. Don Eggett, Director, Supply Chain.