Axminster Carpets Limited is one of Britain's best known quality brands, and one of the world's premier carpet manufacturers. With a steady turnover of around 30 million a year and around 600 employees, Axminster Carpets is a private company that maintains its quality reputation with tight control over its commercial levers and costs.
It was this drive to keep control over the business in house, cost efficiently, that led Axminster Carpets management to implement the full scope of the TROPOS system from Chelford company SSI. After one year, the company has achieved substantial savings in yarn wastage at its Axminster manufacturing plant, and carpet stock management has improved significantly.
The company identified potential suppliers with experience in the carpet industry, and made contact with SSI as they had installed TROPOS at Brinton Carpets in the Midlands and Cormar Carpets in Bury.
According to Finance Director, Tony Biggs, Axminster Carpets chose TROPOS over its competitors for three main reasons. "We wanted to be able to develop the system as we needed to, in house, without relying on the supplier all the time. TROPOS gives us that ability through SSI's software development toolkits. Secondly, we wanted to have a cost-effective route for future upgrades taking advantage of SSI's continual software development. The third reason was because it offered a total solution that we could roll out across the Group, enabling us to consolidate information with commonality across all processes, from wool purchasing to delivery of finished product."
Axminster Carpets has laid a firm foundation for the future based on TROPOS. Tony Biggs adds "SSI is a very professional outfit and TROPOS offers us the potential to manage efficiently all Group operational activities in a cost effective and uniform manner in the years ahead."