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Cape Town factory wins GSK Global Energy Trophy

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Cape Town Factory wins GSK Global Energy Trophy

The GSK Cape Town factory was awarded the GSK Global Manufacturing Supply (GMS) Energy Trophy, which is annually contested and awarded to the site with the best energy management programme. This prestigious award has put Cape Town on the GSK Energy Map and marks the first time the trophy has been won anywhere on the African continent.

Previous Energy Trophy title holders have been the Irvine and Barnard Castle sites in the United Kingdom and Sonepat in India.

GSK employs approximately 110 000 people, of which 26 000 are employed by 74 factories in 31 countries that report into the central energy management database. All the sites were screened by GSK’s Global Energy Management Team, and Cape Town was selected as one of 16 sites short-listed to submit a presentation before it was chosen as the overall winner.

The other five sites in the running were: Nabha (India), Ware (UK), Imaichi (Japan), Eveux/NDB (France), Biopharms (United States). 

The energy trophy is awarded to the site that achieves the best combined result against a set of criteria that include:  

  • Performance – Project portfolio, behavioural programmes, use of technology, innovation, process improvements, 2013+ plans, renewable energy projects.
  • Sharing – Case studies, sharing with other sites, Climate Change & Energy Reduction Project team engagement, budget setting and reporting, Energy Kaizen support, etc.
  • Site circumstances – Specific challenges and constraints that the site has successfully mitigated, which could have impacted energy reduction activity and the ability to deliver it.


The announcement was made by the outgoing GSK GMS president, David Pullman, in a live GSK global telecast on 10 December 2012.

On 8 January 2013, Colin Nelson, senior vice president for Consumer Healthcare Supply Chain, officially handed over the Energy Trophy to GSK Cape Town’s energy management team in a presentation ceremony held at the Cape Town site in Epping. 


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