Northwood Companies Standardize on Infor
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that tissue and towel manufacturer Northwood Hygiene has deployed a suite of Infor applications as part of a standardization project that is expected to reduce costs and drive growth throughout the group.
Northwood Hygiene owns a diverse mix of associated companies within the tissue and towel manufacturing and converting industry including Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd, Northwood Tissue (Disley) Ltd and Northwood Tissue (Lancaster) Ltd, as well as being a JV partner in the consumer, private label tissue manufacturer of Northwood & Wepa Ltd.
Integrated via Infor ION, Infor System21 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Infor Supply Chain Execution (SCE), the Infor suite of applications purchased by Northwood Hygiene are designed to not only deliver standardization benefits such as a centralized view of operations and an integrated demand, supply, production and execution plan, but also to create a foundation for substantial growth as Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd consolidates companies within the group.
Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) is expected to help Northwood Hygiene: improve the uptime of production plant and machinery within its high volume manufacturing environment, reduce the carried inventory of engineering stocks within its portfolio and deliver return on investment (ROI) for the entire standardization project.
System21 replaces other ERP systems at Northwood Hygiene's production plants and Infor SCE replaces a warehouse management application which was not anticipated to support the company's growth ambitions.
Northwood Hygiene is currently looking at how it can extend the benefits by deploying Infor Ming.le - Infor's new collaborative workflow tool - throughout the group of companies. In addition, Northwood Hygiene is set to integrate System21 and EAM using ION, Infor's lightweight middleware platform, in a project set to begin towards the end of 2014.
"Following a period of intense integration and growth across our businesses, we knew we needed a robust platform as we continue to develop our businesses" said Paul King, CFO, Northwood Hygiene. "We have rapidly evolved our technology capability within the business to a proactive, intelligence driven strategy that demonstrates wide ambition and will drive future investment."
"Our adoption of such an approach has given us a strategic technology platform on which to build on for the future," said David Dye, head of IT, Northwood Hygiene. "This was in essence the point of linking our investment in Infor to other core systems."
"Manufacturers such as Northwood Hygiene recognize the benefits of standardized processes and integrated systems which can facilitate a platform for flexibility and growth," said Mark Humphlett, industrial manufacturing industry director, Infor. "This project has already led to a significant reduction in inventory and is expected to increase Northwood Hygiene's ROI as a result of implementing templated processes, improved collaboration and transparency between ERP and supply chain decision making."
- Infor System21 ERP - http://www.infor.com/solutions/erp/
- Infor EAM - http://www.infor.com/solutions/eam/
- Infor SCE - http://www.infor.com/solutions/scm/execution/
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