Wörwag has grown to employ over 900 staff worldwide and now supplies all the world‘s major manufacturers of cars, household appliances and machines. ‘We needed a modern, flexible ERP system that sustainably supports this international growth. Only a system that helps reliably map and improve our processes can offer such support, thereby allowing us to focus on our core business: developing the next generation of coatings,’ said Klaus Fellmeth, Head of Overseas Subsidiaries and IT.
The coatings are developed for products and surfaces that are sometimes only due to be launched in three years’ time, such as car models that have yet to go into production, for example. ‘When the time comes, these coatings must then be simultaneously coordinated around the world. The Valencia Orange for BMW in Europe must be identical to that in Asia and America. This also applies to the on-going quality tests and comparisons of the technical characteristics at Wörwag’s production facilities in Europe, China and the US. A huge amount of data and complex processes have to be internationally harmonised and capable of being deployed at any time, in order to be able to reliably plan and manage resources,’ explained Fellmeth.
„We’ve found an ERP system that helps us focus on what really matters, because our processes are complex enough.“
When evaluating new systems, the coatings manufacturer again opted for a Microsoft product: Dynamics NAV 2013R2. ‘Every few years, we check whether the software can support our business. In the past, there has sometimes been a head-to-head race with SAP. But we were impressed with Microsoft‘s responsiveness to our complex business processes.
We were pleased, because many of our employees were already familiar with its operation, thereby allowing us to keep training costs to a minimum. It also helped that Yaveon has been supporting us with expert knowledge for over 10 years and now has a good understanding of our processes,’ said the business administration graduate, justifying
Further advantages are clearly obvious: Microsoft Dynamics NAV can be rolled out internationally, operated centrally and used to map specific local features.
Wörwag began introducing the system in April 2013. The challenge was to achieve the best possible combination of Wörwag‘s specific processes and the industry standard. For the implementation, the joint project team scrutinised all areas during a facilitated process and potential analysis. The resulting Gap-Fit document showed where the new standard
was already producing the necessary improvements and where more development work was required.
‘These potential maps gave us an excellent overview of which requirements needed to be implemented from the various departments and how. We also obtained a clear idea of the implementation scope,’ recalled Fellmeth. A total of 190 concurrent users finally went live in December 2014, and the project was completed in March 2015, following minor tweaks.
As well as the two German sites in Zuffenhausen and Renningen, Microsoft Dynamics NAV is also now supporting the Spanish and Polish sites – with financial accounting, sales, purchasing, materials management with remote data capture, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), production planning, quality assurance and recipe management modules.
All based on the YAVEON ProBatch industry solution.
‘All our objectives were achieved on time and on budget,’ said Fellmeth, expressing his delight at the successful implementation.
As a next step, Microsoft Dynamics NAV will be introduced at the company’s sites in the US (Lafayette, Indiana) and China (Langfang), together with Yaveon. And future standard, real-time, global reporting is just a few clicks away from being set up.