Cellular foam manufacturer Zotefoams plc has invested in a new integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Columbus Global to “support a period of rapid growth and help sustain future expansion plans.”
The UK-based manufacturer will go live with Microsoft Dynamics AX implemented throughout the entire business by August 2014.
The ERP investment follows the recent announcement that Zotefoams has entered a joint venture with Inoac Corporation of Japan, further expanding its international presence. As part of a drive to enhance service levels, support growth plans and drive business improvement Zotefoams sought an ERP solution compatible with its multi-site, multi-product strategy.
David Stirling, Managing Director of Zotefoams, said he felt that international consultancy leader Columbus offered the best ERP solution and industry expertise to assist the company on its growth journey.
“The scope of our operations has increased significantly recently. We have three operational sites, sales staff across the world and we supply to over 40 countries globally.” he said.
“We saw the benefits from a fully integrated ERP system which has more functionality and better information management, and felt that Columbus was the most appropriate supplier to provide this to us.”
Columbus said that its ERP solution offers Zotefoams greater functionality compared to its existing system. The group stated that its knowledge and experience in the manufacturing industry was a key factor which helped it win a competitive three way pitch.
David Stirling explained: “Our planned investment in a new manufacturing facility in South Korea is one of a number of growth areas we see for Zotefoams. A system that provides better business processes and improved information management will help support and sustain this growth.
“Columbus really impressed us when they introduced themselves, their product and their support services to us. They really understand our needs and what we aim to achieve with the system.”
Zotefoams’ products are used in a wide range of markets including sports and leisure, packaging, transport, healthcare and the military. The group also licenses Intellectual Property and sells related machinery for microcellular foaming in polymer extrusion processes.
Mary Hunter, MD of Columbus, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support Zotefoams and we hope to make them more successful by adapting and implementing our proven ERP solutions.
“Our solutions often meet 80% of the industry requirements right off, and with individual adaption we hope to maximise Zotefoams’ efficiency and overall business performance.”
The project is currently on track to go live in August 2014.