Quintiq supports integrated planning process at SIG Combibloc

March 03, 2010 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

SIG Combibloc, one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton packaging solutions and filling machines for beverages and food, has again opted for Quintiq software. A major project is now under way to implement Quintiq software solutions across all the company's planning horizons. The globally integrated solution will support planning decisions, improve customer service and optimally process resources.
SIG's previous collaboration with Quintiq started in 2005 when the company decided on a worldwide implementation of the Quintiq Macro Planner, a strategic planning solution that optimally supports operational processes as well as resources and sales. That project was successfully completed in 2006. The advantages of the solution are plain: flexible real-time scheduling and clearly laid out visualizations of changes to the planning results at the various SIG Combibloc production sites.

Well-informed decisions and productive supply chains
In December 2009, when the company decided it was time to better organize its overall supply chain performance, increase productivity, improve delivery reliability, and optimize inventory levels, it opted for the Quintiq Company Planner for medium-term planning and the Quintiq Scheduler for detailed planning. The integrated business planning concept is due to go live in Europe in 2011 and in Asia in 2012.

The aim is to optimize company-wide planning, in other words, to enable transparent order processing across all sites and more objective planning decisions regarding customers. The company will also be able to issue order confirmations to customers immediately, and internal lot sizes are to be increased by 10%.

Securing a competitive edge
SIG Combibloc operates in a very dynamic market where orders need to be realized within a very short time window, yet raw material requirements need to be planned over the long term. To secure a real competitive edge, SIG's stated objective is to improve delivery performance. By integrating the Quintiq scheduling solution into its existing SAP ERP system the company is making it possible to map all the most important planning stages and the entire production process in real time.

Andreas Haas, Head of Supply Chain Management at SIG in Saalfelden, sums up: "Our customers expect efficient and fast-responding production. Quintiq is helping us to continue building on our leading role as a flexible producer. By deploying the Quintiq solution across all of our planning horizons and sites worldwide, we are setting ourselves up well for the future as we now have a system that can grow with us."

Arthur Torsy, Quintiq's Business Unit Director Metal & Manufacturing, adds: "We are delighted about SIG's confidence in our ongoing collaboration. The Quintiq Macro Planner project for strategic resource planning has made a positive contribution toward affirming the value of Quintiq scheduling solutions in complex planning environments, such as that of SIG. The rollout of the short- and medium-term planning modules shows us that integrated business planning concepts are the way forward in production engineering."

About SIG Combibloc
SIG Combibloc is one of the world's leading system suppliers of carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food. In 2009, its workforce of around 4,250 people in 40 countries helped the company to realize a turnover of 1,260 million euros. SIG Combibloc is part of the New Zealand-based Rank Group.

About Quintiq
Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain management solutions. The fast-growing software company, established in 1997, offers solutions 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, the United Kingdom and the USA, with implementations in 69 countries. For more information: www.quintiq.com 

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