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German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase:Kaufanlage
Think of an industrial (chemical) plant which requires a supply of a material used in
production. It can produce the material itself. It can purchase the material from a supplier
who has built a dedicated plant just across the fence, and ships through a pipeline. Or it
can purchase from a supplier located somewhere else, who ships to various customers by truck.
The German text refers to this latter supplier as a "Kaufanlage", with the quotes in the
original German. Is there a good US English equivalent?
Explanation: Logistics is in charge of the entire operation of incoming materials, the individual supplies are called vendors, alternate vendors or preferred vendors, as the case may be.
"From automotive and industrial assembly to consumer durables and electronics, our integrated manufacturing support services keep lead times short and inventories at a minimum throughout the supply chain.
APL Logistics integrates freight management with specialized facilities, operations and technologies to provide efficient, highly reliable manufacturing support services. Our processes assure on-time delivery of quality-controlled parts and components and let manufacturers reap the benefits of just-in-time inventory management." http://www.apllogistics.com/html/manuf.html
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Third-party supplier is also commonly used in relation to energy supplies:
Third Party Supplier (TPS) Overview
... PSE&G Customer Service, Third Party Supplier (TPS) Overview, PSE&G has created this
site to provide Third Party Suppliers (TPS) and Energy Consultants (EC) with ... www.pseg.com/customer/energy/thirdparty_overview.html
I am not sure exactly what kind of supply is involved in your translation but if you look up those two links you’ll be able to choose the appropriate one.
Hope this helps,
William Stein Costa Rica Local time: 04:02 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 1734