Fenner Dunlop Enhances Business Performance

Taps enterprise resource planning solution to optimize operations and increase visibility

El Segundo, CA — October 15, 2003 — Fenner Dunlop Europe has selected Glovia International's extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to streamline its operations. Glovia International is a subsidiary of Fujitsu.

Fenner Dunlop Europe, located in Drachten, Netherlands, is a market leader in manufacturing and supplying multi-ply carcass conveyer belting. Its market environment is competitive and price-sensitive, forcing the company to increase its levels of efficiency and minimize costs.

Glovia said its ERP solution is designed to support mixed-mode manufacturing (engineered-to-order through high volume/repetitive) and also offers project/contract based manufacturing, service management capabilities, integrated financials, business intelligence, supply chain management, collaboration, integration and customer relationship management.

By employing Glovia, Fenner Dunlop said it would be able to optimize operations and increase visibility. Fenner Dunlop has been using glovia.com more than 10 years for sales and finance and will be implementing the glovia.com manufacturing and supplier management functionality, as well as the factory planning and integrated product configurator.

Mollo Bosma, who is leading the project for Fenner Dunlop, said that in order to consolidate the company's market leadership, it has to be able to offer competitive prices, which means optimizing internal processes to realize low cost.

"For production, we have been using a legacy system with several interfaces that are no longer supported by the supplier, so we decided to improve our IT-environment," he said. "The integration of all business processes into glovia.com will allow us to obtain more output at lower cost. At the same time we will have a significant drop in the amount of paperwork and improve order accuracy."

Fenner Dunlop works with sales orders that have unique and standard model numbers. The integrated product configurator will be used to translate a sales order into a work order with a bill of material and routing.

With glovia.com factory planning, Fenner Dunlop will also be able to optimize its production, according to the ERP provider. Improving planning capabilities will reduce set-up times and work-in-progress, while at the same time optimizing purchasing and inventory management.

"The integration of all business processes into the glovia.com system will allow Fenner Dunlop to gain greater visibility into vital company operations," commented Dennis Michalis, president and CEO of Glovia International. "By being able to better asses the company, operations will be streamlined, leading to reduced production lead times, more timely deliveries and better customer service."

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