Quintiq Aluminum Industry Leadership & Solution Flexibility Prompt Aluar to Choose Quintiq Solutions for Scheduling and Planning

April 10, 2008 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions, today announced that Aluar Aluminio Argentino S.A.I.C. based in Argentina has chosen Quintiq Scheduler and Quintiq Company Planner solutions for its Primary Aluminum Division, which is responsible for the majority of Aluar's operations. The Quintiq solutions will be installed as part of a major upgrade of Aluar's Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Advanced Planning & Scheduling Solutions (APS), enabling Aluar to gain maximum benefit from its new technology investments.

Aluar is the only primary aluminum producer in Argentina and, with a production capacity that will soon reach 410,000 tons for that division alone, is among the largest primary aluminum production companies in the world. It exports 70% of its output to manufacturers around the globe. The Quintiq solutions will be implemented in its major primary aluminum production site in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut. To date, Aluar has been using home-grown systems for planning and scheduling. However with the imminent completion of a major expansion project for its main Puerto Madryn site and the upgrade of its MES and APS, it now needs more comprehensive and flexible planning capabilities.

"Quintiq was the natural choice for Aluar on many levels," commented Ivone Jacobsen, leader of the Software Development Department, at Aluar. "Without a doubt, Quintiq has the most experience in solving planning challenges in the aluminum industry, and the solution has the added advantage of proven success in integrating with Oracle ERP systems, which we already had in place. The clinching point came when Quintiq proved to us with a one-week scan that it not only understood how Aluar works, but it could quickly get down to details and show us where and how we could gain efficiencies."

Quintiq offers a robust aluminum industry solution for planning and scheduling that leverages the standard Quintiq software core, extensive industry knowledge and customized implementation that takes into account each company-specific rules and constraints. Because approximately 80% of the solution is standard, Quintiq is able to bring a fast-track, yet complete and customized, solution to Aluar. The implementation of the complete Quintiq Scheduler and Quintiq Company Planner solutions will commence from mid-2008.

"Our knowledge of the complexities of aluminum processing is a key factor in our ability to deliver a complete, flexible and scalable solution that can support Aluar's expansion and help it maintain its world leadership position far into the future," said Arthur Torsy, Business Unit Director Metals & Manufacturing, at Quintiq. "We are very proud that our worldwide reputation opened the door to Aluar - the first of what we hope will be many South American customers for Quintiq."

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