European Leader in Aluminum Rolling Chooses Quintiq to Schedule Cold Mill Production Area

October 27, 2008 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Quintiq selected following successful scheduling implementation of the hot mill 

Quintiq, a leading provider of advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solutions, today announced that it has won a contract from the Novelis Rogerstone aluminum rolling mill in the United Kingdom to provide a supply chain scheduling solution for the plant's cold bay. This agreement follows the successful implementation in 2001 of a Quintiq Scheduling (APS) solution for the hot mill at Rogerstone.

An early adopter of advanced planning and scheduling, Novelis has been working with Quintiq for many years to improve efficiency and enhance performance. Previous and ongoing Quintiq implementations at Novelis sites include the company's hot mill at Oswego in the United States, its cold rolling and finishing manufacturing centers in Oswego and Kingston (Canada), and its recycling and remelt/cast center in Oswego, as well as over a dozen implementations at other production sites throughout Europe.

The Novelis plant at Rogerstone, one of the largest aluminum rolling mills in Europe, is part of Novelis Inc, a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, which produces an estimated 19 percent of the world's flat-rolled aluminum products.

The Novelis facility at Rogerstone selected the Quintiq solution because of its ability to handle the complexity of the cold bay's supply chain. The cold bay consists of numerous resources with multiple dependencies, as well as alternative routing capabilities. Quintiq is able to take into account all of the constraints involved in the manufacturing of aluminum rolled products, including space availability, active cooling, virtual materials, consumables, stock and dispatching. Novelis Rogerstone's resources in the Cold Bay area consist of a tandem rolling mill, multiple annealing furnaces, a 64" rolling mill, slitter and tension leveler, as well as the cut-to-length line and packing which will all be integrated by Quintiq into a unified system.

"We chose Quintiq because over the years they have demonstrated the ability to design scheduling solutions for our complex manufacturing processes," explained Dr. Oliver Picht, General Manager of Novelis Rogerstone. "With Quintiq's in-depth understanding of aluminum rolling processes in general and Novelis' business processes in particular, I am confident this implementation will help us achieve the next level of supply chain quality."

The aim of this implementation is to significantly improve delivery performance, improve cycle times and reduce inventory while at the same time increase throughput, so that Novelis can grow with the market. Quintiq solutions enable Novelis to optimally plan its production, linking into the logistics operations, opening the way to improved customer service, reduced capital requirements and scheduling flexibility.

Dr. Victor Allis, CEO and co-founder of Quintiq, commented: "We are very pleased that the Novelis plant at Rogerstone has decided to expand its implementation of Quintiq solutions. Novelis projects are always challenging due to the production volume, expanse of their product portfolio and the complexity of their supply chain. However, it is just these challenges that make working with Novelis satisfying as they bring out the best in our planning capabilities."

Capgemini, a leading management consulting and IT services organization with extensive experience in Quintiq solutions, will handle the implementation together with Quintiq expertise in the Kuala Lumpur development center.

About Novelis Inc.
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling. The company operates in 11 countries, employs approximately 12,700 people and reported revenue of $11.2 billion in its 2008 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and printing markets throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, Asia's largest integrated producer of aluminum and a leading copper producer. Hindalco is the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information on Novelis, visit www.novelis.com.

About Capgemini
Capgemini, one the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working - the Collaborative Business Experience - and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive cost. Present in 36 countries, Capgemini reported 2007 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion (approximately US$12 billion) and employs over 83,000 people worldwide. More information is available at www.capgemini.com  

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain management solutions. The fast-growing Dutch company, established in 1997, offers software for planning and optimizing complex business processes throughout the enterprise. The company's headquarters is located in the Netherlands and it has subsidiaries in Germany, UK, Finland, Malaysia, China, Australia, and the USA. For more information: www.quintiq.com