Schloetter, a global supplier of products and processes for the surface finishing industry, has chosen to implement Sage X3 from Sage Business Partner, Datel, to help increase business efficiency within its UK operation.
Set up in 1969, the UK subsidiary of Schloetter is a well-established manufacturer of plating chemicals and specialist paints and is part of an international group of Schloetter companies. Following a recent change in leadership, Schloetter has ambitious plans to grow its paint business in the UK and wanted to review its current business management system as a result.
Schloetter had been using the same system to manage its finances and sales and purchase order processing for over 20 years, during which time it was not updated. One of the key challenges was that it did not interface with the bespoke system in place for managing stock levels during manufacturing, which caused issues when allocating batches of raw materials. This resulted in a number of inefficiencies, highlighting the need for a fully integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Emma Stamps, Finance Director at Schloetter, said: “We have had the same finance system for many years. It had not evolved to meet our changing needs, meaning that in recent years the business has had to increasingly work around the system, instead of us having a system that works around the business.
“Once the problem was identified, we looked at several different software solutions before shortlisting two, including Sage. From the beginning of the process we included the employees that would be working closely with the system, to ensure they would be happy with the final decision.”
Stamps continues: “We had several demonstrations of the shortlisted software, and Sage X3 seemed to be the best fit for Schloetter. We found that it had superior functionality to the others we looked at, and we all agreed that it would be the best option for everyone involved. Using a single system will remove a number of our existing frustrations and, as an enterprise solution, we are confident that it will continue to meet our requirements as the business grows.
“After 20 years using the same software, it is crucial that the implementation of Sage X3 goes smoothly for us. We chose to partner with Datel because of their high level of professionalism. They understood what we were looking for from an integrated ERP system, and could provide additional technical support, offering comfort and peace of mind.”
Andrew Pritchard, sales director at Datel, comments: “We’re very pleased that Schloetter has chosen to partner with us to implement Sage X3. After spending time with the company, it was clear that their current software was inefficient and hadn’t evolved with their business. Sage X3 was chosen for its flexibility and configurable interface, that will hopefully help reduce inefficiencies for Schloetter.
“We will work together with Schloetter to implement the new software by May 2018, including managing the training that will be needed to ensure a successful transition.”