Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that Groupe Gascogne, a French industrial company in the wood-paper-packaging sector chosen Infor M3 as part of a project to restructure its various units around a single solution.
With 1,700 employees, 13 production units in Germany, Greece, France, and Tunisia, Groupe Gascogne is the only fully integrated French player in the entire wood-to-paper transformation chain. The group has four complementary and integrated activities (wood, paper, bags, and flexible), and is the leading multi-specialist wood operator in France, the world’s leading producer of natural rubbed kraft paper, one of the European leaders in industrial and consumer bags, as well as one of the world’s leading producers of packaging and protection complexes. It is listed at Euronext Growth.
Christophe Lagardère, CIO of Groupe Gascogne, says: “This project’s main objective, which started early 2017, is to harmonize all our existing business processes to increase our efficiency. Infor M3 will replace several solutions developed in-house, improving the traceability of different products and material flows, the quality of our products and, ultimately, our customer service.”
Infor has been selected following a bid process that included a dozen vendor and integrator teams, to cover the demands of the entire functional scope from purchases through finance, production, planning, sales, maintenance, shipping. The solution will serve 900 users spread across the entire group’s activities and located on 15 sites (including 13 production sites).
Infor M3 solution is particularly well-suited to the needs of process manufacturing industries, which rely in particular on the following aspects: cost reduction, ease of integration, operational efficiency, speed, and business specificity.
“The combined professionalism of Infor’s teams and the systems integrator Hetic3 enabled us to benefit from the potential of the Infor M3 solution, which reassured us and reinforced our choice. Moreover, its functional richness and its flexibility in terms of configuration, as well as its modern and extremely intuitive user interface, convinced us further,” adds Lagardère.
A first deployment including a functional scope common to all activities of the group, namely finance and maintenance management, is planned on the pilot site of Dax, France. The production phase of all other domains should follow from January 2020 and spread out over two years.
In addition, the ability to develop APIs to allow Infor M3 to interface with third-party manufacturing execution or production supervision systems was a decisive point in the final choice of Groupe Gascogne.
Finally, the company is planning to deploy, in a successive phase, the preconfigured Infor Birst cloud analytics platform, acquired by Infor in 2017, to insure the coherence of all the data gathered by Groupe Gascogne and to integrate their analysis.
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