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Preactor 400 APS - Case Studies
The Case Studies described below are based on information provided by companies using Preactor 400 APS. Each study has been written in collaboration with employees of the company and Preactor International would like to thank those who provided these insights into how Preactor is used and the benefits it has provided.

UAB Vytrolma, based in Utena, Lithuania, specializes in manufacturing of high quality products from sheet steel for building and construction industry. UAB Vytrolma's products are supplied to Customers in Lithuania and other European Union countries. Products that are made from sheet steel in UAB Vytrolma’s portfolio include: metal cassettes for facades, galvanized steel profiles for building insulation system, roof safety products and accessories, electrical cabinets and postboxes.
 
With a turnover of approximately 46.1 billion euros and about 281,000 employees distributed in its 225 factories, Bosch operates in the Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Energy and Building Technology and Consumer Goods. To meet the needs of dies and molds in its production areas, Bosch has its own tooling.
 
Parnaplast Plastics Industries Ltda was founded in 1974 and is considered one of the best flexible packages manufacturer in Brazil, being reference of quality and competence in the flexible packages segment.
 
Cebrace is the result of a joint-venture between two of the major groups producers of flat glass of the world: Saint-Gobain (France) and NSG (Japan), which acquired Pilkington in 2006. Founded in 1974, Cebrace gathers in its manufacturing process the know-how and technology of two giants of the glass sector. This puts it in the position of a leading company in the Brazilian market of the flat glass segment.
 
Electrostart JSCo is the sole Bulgarian manufacturer of magnetic and electronic ballasts, transformers, superimposed pulse ignitors and other components for fluorescent, metal-halide, sodium and mercury vapor lighting appliances.
 
Founded in 1903, Inland Label lead the industry as one of the top label suppliers to some of the largest brands in the beverage, food and consumer products markets.
 
With innovation as its cornerstone, Libbey quality, consistency, and exceptional customer service have become the standard in the industry. Libbey continues to invest in state-of-the-art production equipment and faster and more efficient manufacturing technologies.
 
Bedford Industries, Inc. a family-owned company founded in 1966, started as a manufacturer of wire twist ties. With an innovative mind-set, Bedford has expanded into all types of identification products, elastomer integrations, adhesive technology, specialized bundling ties, Bendable Components®, packaging re-closures, promotional marketing, tying equipment, strapping, and fasteners.
 
Currently HENN is one of the largest furniture manufacturers in Brazil, with more than 890 direct employees, in a constructed area of over 70,000 sq. m, in a modern manufacturing plant.
 
The Rudolph Usinados S/A was created in 1965 focused on the manufacture of tools for watchmakers. Currently the company is a reference in the machining industry, providing high quality machined products for various industries, including the automotive and appliances.
 
Pradip Polyfils Pvt. Ltd. (PPPL) is a leading organization in the Indian filter press industry since its foundation in 1979. PPPL is a manufacturer of quality polypropylene filter plates used in the industries of chemicals, dyes, metallurgy, pharma, food & beverage and ceramics. PPPL has been awarded as highest exporter of engineering plastic by the Plastic Export Promotion Council of India for the last 11 consecutive years.
 
Summit Packaging Systems Inc. was founded by Gordon Gilroy in 1974 and today Summit has five operational plants strategically positioned around the world. Summit is recognized as the leading producer of aerosol valves in North America and is quickly becoming a leading global supplier of aerosol valves.
 
Operating for over 85 years in the identification market, HACO is recognized as the market leader in textiles labels and has an extensive portfolio of solutions that meet different market segments, exporting to over 30 countries.
 
EMS has been the leader in the pharmaceutical sector in Brazil for the last seven consecutive years. EMS commercializes products in practically every field in Medicine, through the production and sales of more than 2500 products such as Medical prescriptions, OTC (over the counter) products, generic medications, brand-name drugs and products specific for hospitals.
 
Metalúrgica Fey is one of the largest manufacturers of fasteners in Brazil. Recognition has been achieved through its extensive range of products supplying the markets, such as bolts and nuts, agricultural equipment, motorcycle, automotive, central pins, spring clips and special parts.
 
KLL started producing suspensions and mechanical components for commercial vehicles 25 years ago. Its factory is located at Alvorada’s Industrial District, near Porto Alegre (RS/Brazil), where a team composed of 250 people develops suspensions using advanced technology.
 
Located on an 6500m² area in the city Dourados, on Mato Grosso do Sul state, Inflex stands out on Brazilian market for its flexible packaging production, operating on many sectors. The company started its activities in 1989, having a scope of producing polyethylene monolayer plastic packages, and today its production volume amounts to around 390 tons per month in 2012.
 
EPCOS was founded in 1954 and currently is headquartered in Gravataí City, Brazil. With more than 20 thousand employees, the EPCOS group has Project centers for manufacturing and sales in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. EPCOS AG, the group business based in Munich, Germany, is the leading manufacturer of electronics components, modules and systems.
 
FM Logistic, which was founded in 1962, is a company present in 11 countries with four key business activities: Warehousing, Transport, Co-packing, Supply chain management. In 2012, FM Logistic had 14,000 employees and a turnover of €807m.
 
VOP CZ, s.p. is the largest military company in the Czech Republic operating in the field of civilian and military manufacture combined with repair and servicing including repairs and modernisation of tanks as well as the production of the PANDUR II armoured personnel carrier. The CZK 1.5 billion turnover company has a 1300-strong workforce working in plants located in Šenov u Nového Jičína, Šternberk, Slavičín, Vyškov, and Brno, and is also engaged in testing, research and development.
 
Located in Marieville, Quebec, Canada, Sivaco started operations in 1950 as a nail manufacturing plant which soon transitioned to wire production. Today, at the forefront of wire production in North America, Sivaco designs, manufactures and delivers the highest quality wire products for a wide range of applications.
 
Vulcan Industrial Engineering Co Pvt Ltd (VIECL) had its humble beginnings in 1971 manufacturing drilling machine accessories. Over the past 30 years, Vulcan has become a leading Indian provider of standard and customized engineering services and products.
 
Brinox is an established European family business based in Sora, Slovenia, with 40 years of experience in providing fast, efficient, cost-competitive, and tailored turnkey solutions for the complex problems in the process industry.
 
Lectra is the world leader in integrated technology solutions - software, cutting systems and associated services - dedicated to industrial users of textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composite materials.
 
Royal Sens was founded in 1896 and has its routes in the packaging industry. It focusses primarily on the production of paper and synthetic labels, printing, cutting, and punching being the main processes. It has two plants in the Netherlands, in Enschede and the other in Rotterdam, which is also their headquarters.
 
Located in the city of Erechim, north Rio Grande do Sul state, the Plaxmetal LTDA enterprise produces plastic and metal parts their main product line being chair kits (for assemblies) and spare parts for workstations, schools, residences etc.
 
With 39 years of history, Telasul is one of main steel furniture manufacturing companies in Brazil and sells more than any other in several markets.
 
The Flexoprint Company was founded in 1997 and has been manufacturing labels since 2000. It is considered one of the most comprehensive suppliers in the labeling market, holding a wide variety of products such as labels and tags with or without adhesive, molded sleeves, as well as mono and laminated films in small or medium batch sizes.
 
Located in Luziânia/GO, Brazil, BRASFRIGO S/A, is one of the largest Brazilian food companies, offering a wide range of quality products and traditionally recognized by the market. In operation since 1990, BRASFRIGO markets their products nationallly and internationallly. They have four brands: Jurema, Jussara, Tomatino and Terrabella, covering approximately 70 products including canned vegetables, tomato products, sauces, soups and dressing (mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard). In addition they manufacture a number of brands for large retail chains
 
Located in Libiąż, Poland the company was founded in 1989 as a Swiss/Polish joint venture and was a pioneer in the manufacture of windows made from plastic profiles.
 
From humble origins in 1894 Vienna, Hoerbiger has grown to become a leading player in the fields of compression technology, automation technology and drive technology employing a global workforce of 7,600 and achieving sales of 950 million euro. Hoerbiger branched into North America in the 1960s and now has 23 service centers in addition to 2 manufacturing centers – one in Houston, Texas and a larger facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
 
UNICASA is a company in the furniture sector at Bento Goncalves, one of the most important centres of this sector in Brazil. The group comprises the brands DELL ANNO, NEW and FAVORITE, with over 1,100 stores throughout Brazil.
 
Part of the William Jackson Food Group, a family business since 1851, the Aunt Bessie’s brand is fast growing and hugely popular with more than half of UK households buying its products every year. Launched in 1995, Aunt Bessie’s currently produces over 20 million Yorkshire Puddings alone per week at the company’s Hull facility. In addition to Yorkshire Puddings, Aunt Bessie’s supplies all the major food multiples with a wide range of frozen and fresh sweet and savoury products in a variety of serving sizes.
 
TAKT Sp. z o.o., with its main factory located in Bolesław, Poland, specializes in producing all formats of CDs and DVDs and has a monthly capacity of 16 million CDs and 8.5 million DVDs.
 
Rzeszow University of Technology is a state-funded academic institution that is a part of the Polish national education and science system
 
World leader in the fields of engineering and technical projects for the oil and gas for over 50 years.
 
EMAG-SERWIS Sp. z o.o., based in Katowice, Poland, specializes in the manufacturing of models, prototypes, small-batch and unit production of devices designed to improve safety in the mining industry.
 
DAPSA (Destilería Argentina de Petróleo S.A.) is a manufacturer of petroleum products including lubricants, greases and asphalts. The company’s oil lubricants and greases are mainly produced for the big petroleum companies in Argentina such as Repsol, Total, Fiat Lubricantes, Castrol, Agip, Esso, etc. with the remainder being used for their own brands.
 
Laboratorios Raffo is a pharmaceutical company with more than 110 years experience in the Argentine market and a strongly commitment to healthcare and its promotion. Headquartered in Munro, Vicente López, the company has 2 other locations in Buenos Aires with its main manufacturing facility located in San Juan province.
 
Founded in 1988 in Porto Alegre, Multilab Industry and Trade of Pharmaceuticals is located in São Jerônimo (RS). The location concentrates all production lines and centralizes the logistic operations. Multilab manufactures generic and brand-name drugs, and also OTC (Over-the-counter) and prescription drugs, sold in retail packaging or directly to hospitals.
 
Nicholl Food Packaging Ltd UK (NFP) is the head office of the successful Nicholl Group, a leading manufacturer of aluminium foil containers predominantly used by the food industry.
 
Chocoladewerken Gudrun is based in Lier, Belgium although they originally started as a family business in the nearby village of Wommelgem. Gudrun is now one of the most well known producers of premium chocolates along with other companies such as Godiva, the market leader, in the “pralines” and truffles market.
 
The EUROCOPTER Group was formed from the merger of two important companies in Aerospace. First in the market with rotary wing aircraft at the beginning of the century, the original company became, over a number of years more famous and important.
 
Lonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries with sales of CHF 2.937 billion in 2008. Its products and services span its customers’ needs at every stage from cell line construction to final product manufacture. Whilst headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the company has a wide range of sites throughout the world that cater for its diverse areas of expertise, with its site in Slough, UK, being one of several that deals with the biopharmaceutical division of Lonza Custom Manufacturing.
 
BPT, Brevini Power Transmission, was founded in 1960 by three brothers, Renato, Luciano and Corrado Brevini, in the town of Reggio Emilia (Italy). Since then, the name of Brevini has become synonymous with planetary gear units. Today Brevini maintains a presence around the globe, with 24 subsidiaries and an extensive distribution network. The latest 10 years saw a significant increase in sales, from 86 to 284 million euro, also in jobs, from 470 to 1.000, and in output, which rose from 67.000 to 172.000 gearboxes per annum.
 
Founded in 1977, Digicon S/A is a subsidiary of the Digicon Group, formed by three companies, Perto, Digicon and Numericon. Located in a pant covering 100,000 m² in Gravataí, Brazil, the companies work in the development, production and commercialization of products and services in the areas of industrial, commercial and banking automation. Starting in 1986, the company developed a special department for producing aircraft components inside the Digicon S/A, the DCA. Currently, this unit is responsible for production and commercialization of approximately 90 sets of Air Conditioning valves for English Hamilton Sundstrand aircraft.
 
Medabil started business in 1967, and since its founding, has constantly increased its participation in national and international markets, always looking for technological innovations to meet the expectations of its customers. Currently, Medabil is focussed on the design, construction, and assembly of metal buildings pre-engineered for industries, shopping malls, supermarkets, multi-storey buildings and distribution centres, among others. Medabil is becoming the national leader and one of the largest companies in this sector in Latin America. The company has a wide range of products with solutions for the main and secondary structures, tiles for roofing and side closures, steel decking, lighting systems, insulation, and ventilation systems for large buildings.
 
Teikon was founded in 1996, and two years later started operations in Porto Alegre, Brazil. With the slogan "The Strategic Alliance in Manufacturing of Electronic Products", Teikon seeks to place themselves among the 70 largest ECMs (Electronic Contract Manufacturer) in the world in 2008. The focus of the company is EMS - Electronic Manufacturing Services, taking over the logistics and industrial chain of their customers, allowing them to focus on their core business, in product development, marketing, sales and promotion of its brand.
 
Grendene is the largest injected footwear manufacturer in the world and have the largest footwear factories in Latin America. They export to 90 countries and their products are seen in almost every show shop window around the world. Their products are aimed at the mass distribution markets for Men, Women and Children.
 
With over thirty years experience in monomer casting and extrusion, Global EPP, previously named Nylacast Materials is synonymous with innovation, quality and technical excellence in relation to cast nylon and extruded semi-finished engineering plastics stock shapes. With three UK sites employing approximately 70 people, Global EPP has a worldwide presence with more than 70% of the product manufactured destined for export.
 
Supravis Group S.A., based in Bydgoszcz, Poland specializes in production of packaging for the food industry where the company's brand is known across all the cured meat producers in the domestic market. It has a significant market share in the Polish packaging market and 50% of its revenues come from overseas. Supravis’s products include multilayer casings, monolayer casings, barrier films and bags.
 
Thermopac, a member of the Rigids Division of the Astrapak Group of companies, based in Cape Town, South Africa, specializes in thermoformed plastic packaging. Thermopac operates 24/7 and has over 700 products in the market.
 
TRP Sealing Systems Ltd has grown from humble origins in 1981 to become the second largest Gasket Plate Heat Exchanger (PHE) manufacturer in the world. Twice awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise, the £20m company headquartered in Hereford has manufacturing partnerships with Dubai and India in addition to finishing sites in Romania and now produces approximately five million gaskets each year.
 
Plastform, a member of the Rigids Division of the Astrapak Group, based in Cape Town South Africa are the leading producer of rigid thermoformed packaging for the dairy, fresh and fast-food markets in Southern Africa. Formed products are sold in both printed and unprinted form.
 
ZAO SOKK is one of the leading optical cable manufacturers in Russia. A Successful business with many prestigious awards and quality recognitions, such as “European Standard”, “Russian Economy Development Leader”, Russian Federation Government’s Quality Award, All-Russian Quality Organization “Russian Quality Leader” diploma. Integrated quality management systems cover all the business process from cable construction to acceptance testing at ZAO SOKK.
 
Sklostroj Turnov CZ is an industrial equipment company specializing in the delivery of glasswork solutions, production lines, machinery and moulds for the container glass manufacturing industry.
 
U.S. Paint is the market leader of coatings for exterior automotive parts, such as mirrors, trim, spoilers, molding, bumpers, grills, and other plastic parts. With manufacturing, laboratories and R&D based in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Paint has 100 employees with annual sales of $25M. The facility is 150,000 square feet under one roof, producing 1.5M gallons of coatings a year with batch sizes ranging from 1 to 2,100 gallons. U.S. Paint holds ISO 9001:2000 and ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2000 certifications.
 
Sharp Packaging Solutions specializes in the production and packaging of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. In April 2007 it became part of the Irish company United Drug Plc and was previously known as Budelpack. Enestia, Greek for wellbeing, has operated for more than 50 year in Hamont, Belgium. Sharp Packaging Solutions’ business is based on taking over the responsibility of production and packaging from pharmaceutical and healthcare companies who don’t see this as their core business.
 
Solanum is one of the UK’s premier suppliers of potatoes with a reputation gained by providing quality and value for more than 60 years. A division of the £240m turnover ProduceWorld Group, Solanum is based in Sutton Bridge at the former headquarters of the Potato Marketing Board and supplies 57,000 tonnes of potatoes each year to the major UK high street retailers. When the company decided to completely review and overhaul its entire approach to production planning and scheduling, it did so with the help of Preactor.
 
Floform is a global supplier of cold formed components for the automotive, power semiconductor industries and a wide scope of applications requiring rivet fasteners. The company has been cold forming metals into complex shapes at its UK factory since 1959 and now has a specialist product range that includes electrodes for spark plugs, injector sleeves for diesel engines, heat sinks for power semiconductor devices, headed components for numerous auto electrical applications and commercial and industrial rivets.
 
Highland Spring is the leading UK produced brand and number one spring water. It is the number two overall brand in the bottled water sector in Britain; number one sparkling water brand and the leading kids’ bottled water. Working on a 24x7 basis, at maximum output this equates to up to 90,000 bottles per hour which in 2006 meant that the company bottled around 240 million litres of water.
 
In June of 2005, Kohlberg, LLC, purchased Thilmany Papers from International Paper (IP). The acquisition included a pulp mill, two paper mills and a paper converting facility in the Green Bay, WI area.
 
Contour Premium Aircraft Seating is one of the leading premium aircraft seating manufacturers in the world supplying to many leading international airlines. Headquartered in Cwmbran, Wales, the £100m turnover company employs 800 people across its 2 main sites which operate as a mini supply chain with the primary manufacturing and sub assembly business directly supplying the final assembly and sales business.
 
Klabin group is the largest producer, exporter and recycler of paper in Brazil. It is the market leader in packaging paper and board, corrugated boxes and industrial sacks, and also produces and sells timber logs. Founded in 1899, today it has 17 plants in Brazil and Argentina.and is organized in four business units – Forestry, Paper, Corrugated Packaging and Industrial Sacks. In 2007 it had gross revenue of R$ 3.4 billion (U$ 1.8 billion) and a net profit of R$ 621 million (U$ 345 million), an increase of 31% over the previous year.
 
Aquacolor is a leading Portuguese textile service company specialising in an innovative range of finishing tasks including dyeing, washing, laser, spray, brushing, sand projection and cutting.
 
Oberto Sausage Company is a family owned business that offers a complete portfolio of meat snacks (such as jerky and sausage sticks), refrigerated sausage and deli products for 89 years.
 
Walro Flex, the trading name of BGG Cable Manufactures (Pty) Ltd., based in Johannesburg South Africa, is the leading manufacturer of automotive cables in Southern Africa. Producing amongst other items, cables used in the assembly of automotive wire harnesses.
 
MIS Engineering (Pty) Ltd, trading as MITAK, is a general heavy engineers and founders based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are one of the leading manufacturers of wear-resistant alloys used in crushing, grinding, pumping & materials handling equipment in South Africa. They produce in excess of 10,000 Tons per annum from four Furnaces and ten Moulding Bays. Operations include moulding, casting, fettling, heat treatment and machining.
 
Vector LLC is a European company which provides solutions for the rapidly developing telecommunications industry by offering advanced systems used in stationary and mobile telephony networks. The company specialises in the production and integration of solutions that enable operators to provide multimedia services, such as digital television, the Internet and telephony.
 
Company LIP Bled is located near Bled, a world renowned alpine resort, surrounded by the high peaks of Alps and richly forested plateaus. Founded in 1948, today it is one of the largest woods processing companies in Slovenia and the largest exporter in the sector.
 
SCA is a global consumer goods and paper company. They develop, produce and market personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products in more than 90 countries.
 
Chuck/Cleaveland obtained the rights to produce renewal parts for Westinghouse switches in 1975. Since then Cleaveland/Price has developed into a major manufacturer of high voltage switches and automation equipment.
 
The introduction of a SYSPRO 6.0 ERP system from K3 Business Technology Group (K3), with an integrated APS solution from Preactor International, has enabled leading silicone hose manufacturer Silflex to overcome operational constraints that were restricting business growth. Employing around 100 people, Silflex Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of multi-application silicone hoses.
 
NPIL Pharma is rapidly emerging as a leading global custom pharmaceutical manufacturer with sites in India, Canada and the UK. NPIL Morpeth has only been in existence since the former Pfizer plant was purchased by NPIL in June 2006 and is an integrated formulations site with the capacity to handle projects from early phase development through to full commercial manufacturing.
 
A family company, SAM Mouldings is the UK’s leading manufacturer of MDF architectural mouldings for the construction and home improvement industries. Recognised as the best in Europe, it has purpose-built manufacturing and distribution facility spanning an 8 acre site that allows the company to meet the growing demand for its product, a cost effective top quality alternative to traditional timber mouldings.
 
Armstrong Teesside is one of Armstrong World Industries manufacturing units, a subsidiary of Armstrong Holdings, and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets.
 
The electrical switch is an essential part of any electrical appliance and this is the focus of MarGirius Electric who design, develop and distribute switches and connectors for low tension electric energy. Based in Porto Ferreira, São Paulo, Brazil, MarGirius is one of the largest manufacturers of electrical switches in Brazil.
 
EDV Packaging is a Spanish group of companies who are leaders in hard barrier plastic packaging for the food industry worldwide. They have more than 30 years experience in food packaging, invests more than 3% of their sales in R+D, exports more than 75% of their production and is a recognized supplier to most food companies groups around the world.
 
Grinding Techniques is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of Abrasive products, situated near Johannesburg in South Africa. Grinding Techniques manufactures products for their own brand and under contract for other suppliers.
 
Steinhoff Bedding, a division within the Steinhoff group of companies, is the leading manufacturer of beds in South Africa, producing numerous brands either owned by the group or manufactured under license.
 
Silvergate Plastics, established in 1985 and purchased in 1997 by British Vita, is a specialist provider of colour matched polymer solutions to end users both inside and outside the Vita group.
 
Foilex is one of the industry’s leading foiling specialists, laminating window, door, cladding and roofline products for major name companies, adding value through its comprehensive service focus. Foilex was founded over a decade ago and has gone from strength to strength now operating seven lamination lines 24 hours a day, servicing an enviable customer base.
 
From humble beginnings in 1860 manufacturing walking sticks and umbrellas, the company originally founded by Antoine Roset has grown to be a leading manufacturer of high quality furniture and accessories.
 
NTTF Industries Limited (NTTFIL) is an Indian company promoted by the renowned Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF) to manage its commercial operations. It has two plants, one at Peenya, Bangalore in Karnataka state and the other at Vellore in Tamilnadu.
 
A commitment to customer service and innovative shipping solutions has established the Port of Tauranga as the preferred cargo gateway for New Zealand and the economic hub of the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.
 
Established more than 65 years ago Sotreq is an exclusive reseller of Caterpillar equipment across 70% of the country of Brazil. It also provides after-sales service including maintenance and repair with the largest of these centers being based in Contagem/MG where its HQ employs some 300 people.
 
PPG Fine Chemicals is a global leader and manufacturer of custom organic chemical products and general-use fine chemical products used in pharmaceuticals, agricultural applications and many others. With facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia, the company provides its customers with pharmaceutical fine chemicals ranging from starting materials to advanced GMP intermediates through to complex APIs.
 
Located in Espírito Santo, Brazil, Companhia Siderúrgica de Tubarão (CST) is a world leader in the semi-finished steel market and is part of the Arcelor Group, one of the largest steel makers in the world. CST-Arcelor Brazil is the 11th largest Brazilian exporter and is responsible for 12% of worldwide sales volume for steel slabs.
 
Bry-Air is known worldwide for its expertise as a "solutions" company for moisture and humidity control for general industry as well as reliable auxiliary equipment for plastics processing. Operating within a broad framework of "Environment and Energy", Bry-Air today is a multi-product, multi-location company with plant locations in India, Malaysia and affiliate plants in USA and Brazil.
 
Kingspan off-site manufacture Architectural Facade Systems, Volumetric Systems, and Wall Framing & Sections from cold rolled steel at the company's 50 acre site in North Yorkshire. The company operates on a lean manufacturing basis and yet offers flexibility in meeting varying and demanding requirements of its customers.
 
Established just after the Second World War, Willerby, with a turnover in excess of £100m and employing 650 employees at its site in Hull, UK is the market leader in the construction of Holiday Homes. Using skilled craftsmen and traditional build methods and materials, the workforce, working in departmental Silos, have been driven by a culture of ‘the more the better’.
 
Holland Colours NV is a global supplier of innovative and cost effective colour and additive concentrates to a number of select markets including Building and Construction, Plastic Packaging and Silicones and Elastomers. Founded and headquartered in Apeldoorn, NL, Holland Colours has multiple production facilities across different continents, which between them coloured over two million tons of plastic products in 2005.
 
Nevamar is a leading North American manufacturer of high quality decorative laminates. Its products are found in a wide variety of installations, including airports, offices, bowling alleys, sports stadiums, retail stores, fast food restaurants, hospitals, homes and schools.
 
Royall Wall Systems, Inc. is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Back in 1989 they perfected and patented a ground breaking way of manufacturing hurricane resistant buildings. These buildings are designed to uniquely address the special requirements of Florida because in addition to hurricanes, they can survive fires and termites.
 
Hitchen Foods, based in Wigan, supplies a comprehensive range of added value vegetables and salad based products to the major multiple retailers and food service sector. First established in 1945, Hitchen Foods now prepares over 100,000 meals a day, created to exacting recipes developed by the company’s own top chefs.
 
STOCKO of Andlau, France, is one of the leading manufacturers of electro-mechanical components in Europe. Its core markets include the domestic appliances industry, heating industry, industrial electronics, consumer electronics, multimedia, telecommunication, automotive and distribution.
 
Cash Bases is the leading supplier of cash handling solutions in the form of custom designed cash drawers to the majority of the largest global names in retailing. Sectors range from Food Process through to Hospitality, Leisure and Speciality Retail.
 
Delta Biotechnology Limited was founded in Nottingham in 1984 as a pioneer business, based on yeast technology, in protein engineering and the production of biopharmaceuticals. The company has a proven track record in working with collaborative partners in the development and manufacture of new therapies.
 
Lakshmi Precision Screws Limited (LPS) manufactures metal fasteners, bolts and screws, with a diameter ranging between 3 and 36mm and lengths 5 to 1500mm. There are also different thread specifications, raw materials and finish specification resulting in around 8500 varieties.
 
Procter & Gamble is perhaps one of the most well known and certainly one of the largest companies in the world. Their portfolio of trusted brands, include Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Pantene, Bounty, Folgers, Pringles, Charmin, Downy, Iams, Crest, Actomel and Olay.
 
The beginnings of company Liv Postojna date back to 1954, when a small workshop was founded to manufacture different steel products. Today they function as a joint-stock company and with four of their affiliate companies they are form LIV Plastika d.o.o. which is the largest of them with a modern organization and high technology standards.
 
Cosworth Racing is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of ultra-high performance engines for racing, rally and road car application. Founded in 1958 by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, the company has been wholly owned by Ford since 1998, employing a workforce of over 650.
 
Yorkshire Fresh Salads, part of the market leading Geest Group, is a specialist producer of packed salad and vegetable products, supplying to household name stores such as Asda.
 
Linc’s Cuisine (Sutton Bridge), part of the Geest Group, was established on the site of an existing industrial complex in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire. This complex was largely demolished to make way for the current facility. The site opened in January 1999 and has been in constant production since then, currently employing around 200 staff.
 
Tilmanstone Salads, part of the Geest Group, is a specialist producer of value added packed salads. Fresh salad produce is supplied to the company from accredited growers in both the UK and Continental Europe.
 
Bourne Salads is a specialist producer of packed salad and vegetable products for a range of prestigious customers including Tesco, Safeway and Whitbread. With an annual turnover of £60 million and a workforce of up to 500 people, it is the largest site of parent group Geest. In a peak week, Bourne outputs 2 million bags of packed leaf products which equates to processing approximately 78 tonnes of raw product, supplied by up to 70 vehicles each day. With varying orders arriving on a daily basis to deliver the next-day it is clearly a sizeable operation and one which requires state-of-the-art planning and scheduling. This is why Bourne Salads relies completely on Preactor as the heart of its planning and scheduling.
 
Founded in 1911, P P Payne is recognised globally as the leading manufacturer and supplier of pressure-sensitive tear tape to producers of consumable products. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, the US, South America, India and the Middle East, with the UK facility alone responsible for an output of 4.5 million square metres per month.
 
Founded in 1960, Eliane Revestimentos Cerâmicos is one of the largest producers of ceramic coatings, selling more than 1600 products to around 85 countries around the world. Eliane employs some 2,400 people across 12 plants in various parts of Brazil and in 2002 their revenue was about US$ 140 million.
 
Founded in 1976, Polyclad has evolved into the international leader in the production of high performance laminates. In 1987 Polyclad was purchased by Cookson Group plc and became a member of Cookson Electronics. With 3 Plants and approximately 700 employees in the US, and an additional 10 facilities in Europe and Asia.
 
Pechiney Aviatube is an aluminium alloy extrusion company with an extensive UK site in Workington, Cumbria. It is primarily a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace market, for example, aluminium extruded wing supports known as stringers, which are supplied to Airbus UK.
 
Atwood / Spec-Temp is a specialist fabricator of tempered glass products targeting the Recreational Vehicle, Manufactured Housing, Furniture, Architectural, and Marine industries. From a family business founded in an Ohio horse barn in 1978, It has grown into a $35 million leader in the Tempered Glass Industry and is a member of the Huddersfield-based Heywood Williams Group.
 
FMC Technologies, Inc., a spin off company from the machinery portion of the FMC Corporation, founded some 100 years ago making world class products, is a global leader in mission-critical technology solutions through its industry-leading businesses that include FMC Energy Systems, FMC FoodTech and FMC Airport Systems.
 
Vallourec, a French company with a number of manufacturing sites, make low carbon Ni-Cr-Mo steel tube mainly for the automotive industry, more than two thirds of which is exported all over the world. Processing takes place at three sites, Saint Florentine, Vitry-le-Francois and Laigneville with production totalling around 75-85 tons of steel every day, equivalent to 15 kilometres of tube.
 
One of the most well known scheduling tools in European industry, Preactor has now been live at Vienna International Airport for more than year to optimize the day-to-day allocation of gates to incoming flights.
 
Technicolor has been synonymous with the film industry for over eighty years, having become immortalised in the phrase, “Color by Technicolor”. Acquired by Carlton Communications plc in 1988 and awarded its ISO 9002 certification in 1995 by SGS Yarsley, Technicolor is also seen as the world leader in video duplication.