Holland Colours Consolidates Global Operations on ERP

Color pigment and concentrate manufacturer completes rollout of solution to worldwide locations; management benefiting from visibility


Color pigment and concentrate manufacturer completes rollout of solution to worldwide locations; management benefiting from visibility

Atlanta — March 29, 2006 — Holland Colours NV, a producer of color pigments and concentrates, said this week it has completed a large-scale rollout of Ross Systems' enterprise resource planning ("ERP") software solution.

As its global technology platform, the Ross ERP is expected to help Holland Colours centralize operations, streamline quality assurances with international clients and facilitate internal information exchange between all locations.

Holland Colours is a global company with more than 12 locations worldwide and customers in more than 70 countries. The company's primary production process occurs in its principal locations — the Netherlands, the United States, Hungary, Indonesia and Mexico. Lacking a technology platform to tie each location together, each production facility began to develop individual administration methods and autonomous working procedures.

"With the rapid growth of our company, we needed to achieve one concise view of the entire organization, combining information from individual locations," stated Gert Jan Luiten, chief financial officer of Holland Colours. "In our search for an ERP solution provider, we established two important requirements: one for a software vendor with a deep knowledge of the chemical industry, and also a vendor that has production planning and management capabilities. Ross Systems met both of these requirements."

With the Ross ERP as its operational system of record, Holland Colours now has a centralized platform from which company executives can pull production information instantaneously from each of the company's global locations.

The company said it has already seen improvements in process efficiencies. Financial data can be quickly consolidated, providing faster and more accurate insight into global production numbers. With this single information source, the company also looks to regulate quality control processes to achieve the same quality standards for each of its products and international customers.

"The Ross ERP enables companies such as Holland Colours to easily consolidate global operations on one centrally managed platform," said Scot McLeod, senior vice president of marketing for Ross. "With one system, companies no longer see lag time between information transfers, and company executives can access information in real time, gaining insight into business operations regardless of the physical locations."

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