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Preactor Surpasses Previous Year’s Record Figures
mardi 8 janvier 2008

Preactor Surpasses Previous Year’s Record FiguresWhile the role and value of production planning and scheduling systems is becoming increasingly valued, Preactor’s double digit increase over the previous year’s results is the latest in a series of record years with 2006 being itself being a record year. Indeed, sales growth was so strong that 2007 saw Preactor achieve the sales milestone of winning a new customer every day. These include established brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier, Metalplast, Sistem pneumatica, IAI (Israel Aircraft Industry), Meadwestvaco, Alstom, and Goodyear in addition to a wide range of small to medium sized companies.

This demonstrates a continuing recognition by manufacturers and service companies of Preactor as the industry leader in the UK, European, American, African and Asian markets. Several high profile media awards for Preactor customers in Europe and the US based on the success of their Preactor implementations also show ongoing recognition by the media of Preactor’s proven benefits.

Continental Europe
Strong growth in the UK and the US has been added to by a real surge in Continental Europe where Preactor has continued to gain market share. In France for example, Preactor has expanded its customer base to 170 companies which makes France Preactor’s third largest installed base after the UK and the US. It’s a similar story in other countries including Italy where a 40% increase in installations has led to a doubling of the company’s presence. This has been achieved by partnering with ERP & MES providers as well as consulting companies in search of added value solutions to provide to their customers.

Valérie GOULEVITCH, EMEA Marketing Manager for Preactor attributes much of this success to a recognition that each market can be very different, even if many of the customs are very close. “Preactor’s strength and flexibility lies in it being a truly international company with a global approach that is able to deliver a range of 15 pragmatic solutions at a truly local level taking into consideration the characteristics of each country”. 

Safe Hands in the US
When it comes to the US, one of the prevailing characteristics of 2007 has been an increased sense of caution regarding investment in APS systems. Notwithstanding this, Preactor customers passed the 300 mark during 2007 and look set to grow steadily in 2008.

CEO Mike Novels comments on the state of the US Market. “We’ve certainly experienced companies taking longer to make investment decisions in 2007 which reflects the current economic situation. In such a business climate, there’s no room for error. You can’t afford to make do with a second best solution that does an OK job or take a chance on an un-tried and un-tested solution provider. You need a proven solution that consistently delivers and generates real business benefits accompanied with the service levels second to none. Preactor continually rewards the trust its customers put in it.”

Growing Partner Network brings Increased Service Levels
Growth has also occurred in Preactor’s global network with 2007 seeing the number of Preactor partners exceed 400 companies. This represents a global team of over 1000 accredited local APS and Supply Chain specialists that can deliver individual country and region specific solutions as well as multi-site, multi-country solutions for global brands.

This remains a key focus for the company in 2008, according to Mike Novels, Preactor’s CEO.

“2007 has proven more than ever the value of being able to deliver a world class APS solution very precisely at a local level. This is only possible by combining a solution developed with over 15 years of global industry experience to the exact local business challenges of our customers worldwide. An inferior solution installed well is as ineffective as a good solution installed poorly. The fact that our customers span 64 countries in every manufacturing sector and represent local SMEs up to international global companies is the best demonstrable proof that Preactor provides the best planning and scheduling capabilities, wherever you may be in the Supply Chain.”

“We are understandably very confident for 2008 and beyond” concludes Novels.

World Class Planning and Scheduling, Locally Delivered.