AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Chooses Quintiq Scheduler

By Quintiq, PRNE
Monday, December 27, 2010

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Choose Quintiq Scheduler to Help Increase Productivity and Reduce Inventory

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands and SASSENHEIM, Netherlands, December 28, 2010 - Quintiq, a leading provider of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) and
supply chain optimization solutions, and the world's leading powder coatings
manufacturer AkzoNobel Powder Coatings today announced that the Quintiq
Scheduler solution has been selected to support production planning across
all AkzoNobel Powder Coatings facilities in Europe.

The Quintiq solution will support AkzoNobel Powder Coatings in increasing
its manufacturing productivity and improving delivery performance while
reducing inventory levels throughout its European supply chain in a complex
production environment.

AkzoNobel chose the Quintiq solution because of its proven ability to
handle the highly complex planning associated with process and batch
manufacturing, the production techniques employed in AkzoNobel's Powder
Coatings facilities. "We really liked Quintiq's approach to planning and were
impressed with the knowledge base of the people who demonstrated the
production planning solution," commented Frank van Ooijen, Global Operations
Director BU Powder Coatings at AkzoNobel.

Quintiq solution answers complexity and flexibility challenges

With rising production demands, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings realized it
needed to better utilize its production potential.

The Quintiq team demonstrated the Scheduler's capabilities, showing how
the solution can provide them with a complete overview of the entire Powder
Coatings supply chain. Van Ooijen continues, "It was an effective proof of
concept which showed us how the tool can help us shorten lead times and
reduce inventory. We are enthusiastic about implementing the Quintiq
Scheduler and look forward to benefiting from increased efficiencies."

Francois Eijgelshoven, Business Director at Quintiq, added: "The complex
production processes of coatings manufacturers such as AkzoNobel require
sophisticated planning solutions to reap the most from manufacturing
capabilities - an ideal match for the capabilities of our Scheduler solution.
We are delighted to have the largest global paints and coatings manufacturer
as our first customer in the coatings market. We look forward to bringing our
expertise to AkzoNobel's other business units, as well as to other coatings

Central planning brings transparency, reduces inventory

The Quintiq Scheduler is designed to address tactical planning needs,
helping to optimize the interactions between production capacities, raw
materials, and customer orders, as well as manage day-to-day planning
challenges. With an overview of the entire manufacturing process - from raw
materials to finished goods, the Scheduler will enable the company's planners
to optimally plan the manufacturing process to increase efficiency and reduce
cleaning and setup times after running a batch.

With KPI-driven planning, AkzoNobel's managers will be able to foresee
the effects of planning decisions on the entire supply chain, enabling more
effective decision-making.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major
producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide
with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable
answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as
Dulux, Sikkens, Interpon, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands
, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently
ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With
operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are
committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today(TM).

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings is the largest global manufacturer of powder
coatings and a world leader in powder coatings technology, manufacturing at
over 32 factories around the world. Powder coatings are used on everything
from metal furniture and window frames, to radiators, pipes and cars and even
wood and plastic. Powder coatings offer an attractive alternative to liquid
coatings due to the fact that they are inherently sustainable - they contain
no solvents and have application efficiency levels as high as 99 percent.

About Quintiq

Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain
management software solutions. This fast-growing company, established in
1997, offers and implements software for planning and optimizing complex
business processes throughout the enterprise. The company's headquarters are
located in The Netherlands, regional HQ in Philadelphia, USA and with
subsidiaries in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and the
United Kingdom. Quintiq systems are implemented in 74 countries worldwide.
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More information: Quintiq, Martijn van Gils, Global Marketing Director, +31(0)73-691-07-39, martijn.van.gils at quintiq.com

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