Hydro Aluminum goes live with Quintiq Strategic Planning Solution

January 15, 2009 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions, and Hydro Aluminum, one of the world's three largest integrated aluminum suppliers, today announced that Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products has gone live with the selected Quintiq solution to provide a comprehensive strategic planning for its European aluminum rolled products supply chain.

The "Quintiq Macro Planner" will be used primarily by Hydro Aluminum Rolled Product's Sourcing and Planning Business Unit. This Business Unit is responsible for planning the entire supply chain, including their main sites in Norway, Germany, Spain , Italy and Malaysia and serving Hydro Aluminum's customers worldwide.

Looking forward to happier customers and higher profits
With the Quintiq solution, Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products aims to gain full visibility and control of inventory across its many plants worldwide, improve delivery performance over its entire supply chain, and optimize utilization of its production facilities.

Hydro Aluminum will use the solution to create a five-year strategic plan and a one-year rolling plan, including a purchase plan. This will enable the company to successfully plan capacity across the long term and nimbly react to market changes to optimize profitability. The purchase plan will facilitate negotiation of favorable contracts with suppliers. Overall, Hydro Aluminum anticipates it will see higher customer satisfaction due to better delivery performance, and higher profits due to reduced inventory costs, better capacity utilization and optimal supply agreements. Additionally, the Quintiq solution will provide greater visibility and transparency across Hydro Aluminum Rolled Product's worldwide supply chain.

Building on previous Quintiq success
The Quintiq Macro Planner implementation is the fourth, and the most strategic planning-focused, project that Hydro Aluminum has ordered from Quintiq. Over the past few years, Hydro Aluminum has implemented Quintiq scheduling solutions at its aluminum rolling mill in Hamburg and in its foil division in Grevenbroich. Additionally, the Quintiq Company Planning solution is installed at Hydro Aluminum's Litho site, also in Grevenbroich, Germany.

"Quintiq offered all the key capabilities we were looking for and had the overall strongest solution for our complex strategic planning needs" said Mr. Michael Wimmer, Head of Metal and Resource Planning at Hydro Aluminum Rolled Products. "On top of this, choosing Quintiq was a natural decision because it had already proved itself so well in the earlier projects."

Francois Eijgelshoven, Director for the Metals and Manufacturing Business Unit at Quintiq, noted that Hydro Aluminum's selection of the Quintiq Macro Planner reflects Quintiq's expertise towards more strategic planning. "Across the aluminum industry, more and more companies are using a broad portfolio of Quintiq solutions. As they see the benefits of our solutions for operational and logistical planning they are also tapping into our knowledge at the strategic planning level. We are very happy to be able to support our customers across so many aspects of their businesses."

About Hydro
Hydro is a Fortune Global 500 supplier of aluminium and aluminium products. Based in Norway, the company employs 23,000 people in 40 countries and has activities on all continents. Rooted in a century of experience in renewable energy production, technology development and progressive partnerships, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of the customers and communities it serves. For more information: www.hydro.com  

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain optimization solutions. The fast-growing 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 Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Malaysia, UK, and the USA. For more information: www.quintiq.com