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November 17, 2010

UK kitchen supplier Howdens Joinery implements SAP ERP

Control manufacturing processes, improve business efficiencies, and scope for future upgrade

By CBR Staff Writer

SAP said that Howdens Joinery, the UK based trade supplier of kitchens has gone live with SAP ERP within its manufacturing plants to control manufacturing processes, improve business efficiencies and provide an enhanced platform for growth.

The first stage of the implementation project was the rollout of SAP at one of the factories in East Yorkshire, and the new platform, SAP ECC 6.0 was implemented with only very minor modifications.

Howdens Joinery chief information officer David Hallett said the implementation has been a huge success, which he believes is because of the lack of changes we made to the solution and employees have taken to the change in system easily and quickly.

"We now have full control of exactly what is being manufactured and the SAP solution helps us control our waste and improve our service," Hallet said.

"This has a positive impact on profits and service, is more environmentally friendly and with our cost savings and robust platform we can continue to grow."

Howdens Joinery, which has over 480 depots across the UK, is already using an earlier version of SAP successfully within the finance department.

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The organisation had previously operated manufacturing controls running on VMS systems that were over 20 years old, and these systems were no longer supporting the manufacturing operations and some were out of maintenance.

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