Lommel, 4 September 2014 – Ducatt, the Lommel-based manufacturer of high-quality glass plates for solar panels, is confirming its confidence in SAP’s software. It is replacing the old SAP environment with a new implementation from scratch with much more functionality. Ducatt is implementing the project with TheValueChain, which, with ACE Manufacturing, offers a preconfigured set-up with numerous best practices for manufacturing companies.
As a spin-off of EMGO, Ducatt inherited that company’s SAP system. “For a number of critical processes, the old software offers too little support,” says CEO Henk Coppens. “Also, SAP now offers a great deal of custom-developed functionality as standard. We’re therefore implementing SAP again from zero. The project covers finance, controlling, sales & distribution, materials management, warehouse management, production planning, plant maintenance and quality management. We want to go live with the new system on 31 March 2015.”
SAP offers plenty of standard functions to support SME processes,” says Ivan Leysen, Managing Partner of TheValueChain. “For manufacturing companies, ACE Manufacturing goes one step further. ACE stands for Affordable, Complete & Extendible ERP. The years of implementation experience form the basis: ACE Manufacturing is a preconfigured environment based on best practices. The customer is therefore guaranteed an efficient implementation process at a fixed price. The approach also ensures cost-effective support after going live. This keeps the total cost of ownership (TCO) under control.”
“TheValueChain delivered outstanding work during the blueprint phase,” says Henk Coppens. “They demonstrated the feasibility with well-developed functional demos. Their approach shows a strong sense of reality and commitment. They speak and understand our language. That gives us confidence in this challenging implementation process.”
Ducatt, from Lommel, manufactures high-quality flat glass for solar panels. Besides traditional thicknesses, it also makes glass with a transparency of 95% and a thickness of barely two millimetres. The high translucidity and low reflection make the panels more efficient. Ducatt stands for Dedicated Ultra Clear Anti-reflective Thin and Toughened Solar Glass. In 2012, the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) ranked Ducatt among the world’s top 30 cleantech companies. The company employs more than 120 people.