Giulio Mazzalupi Operational Excellence Award

This award recognizes significant contributions in improving and executing processes aimed at delivering products or services to customers in the most satisfying, sustainable, cost-effective and timely manner.

Behind the prize

The award was created in 2018 in honor of former President and CEO Giulio Mazzalupi in recognition of the significant contributions he made to the Atlas Copco Group during his 31 years of service. Born in 1940, Mazzalupi joined Atlas Copco in 1971. After a few years in marketing he became Managing Director in Italy. He was appointed President of Airpower in Belgium in 1988. With a strong customer focus he changed the production philosophy to become lean and agile, which resulted in improved quality, lead-times and profitability. He also divisionalized the company and established the Compressor Technique business area. Between 1997-2002 he was the President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group.

Giulio Mazzalupi Award for operational excellence 2021

Avoiding CO2 emissions in transport

This year’s award goes to Alexander Irchin and Oezkan Dimir who have found a way to move away from using air freight. Instead they use rail transportation which is more economical when sending heavy pumps weighing more than 150 kilograms, plus semi-finished parts like components and rotors, from Cologne in Germany to Tianjin, China, for local production and distribution. The rail transports balance costs, speed and environmental impact better than air and ocean freight and has ensured steady supply in times of pandemic restrictions.

Recent Giulio Mazzalupi Award winners

2021 Alexander Irchin and Oezkan Dimir

2020 Bart Vercammen, Rik Van De Velde and Veerle Van Den Bossche

2019 Sylwester Manski, Mario Pappalardo, Isabelle De Wolf, Daniele Lucchini, Simone Rabadozza and Ruggero Vencato

Read more about the award-winning solution in 2021