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Global manufacturing group, Gooch and Housego plc, is standardising K3s SYSPRO ERP across its European and US businesses, following a period of acquisition and growth.
Gooch & Housego manufactures acousto-optic devices and precision optical components for use in photonics-based systems for scientific, medical and research applications. Over the past five years, the company has grown rapidly through the acquisition of competitor businesses. It now has operations in Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and Germany, and employs 250 people worldwide with an annual turnover of 25 million. On 8th May Gooch and Housego also acquired SIFAM Fibre Optics Limited, a 93-employee, 3.9 million business, based in Torquay, Devon.
With four of the groups businesses previously operating semi-autonomously, Gooch and Housego embarked on a programme in 2006 - Project Orion - to bring the separate companies together as a single, consolidated operation. The programme includes the standardisation of the companys business systems to SYSPRO. SYSPRO was already installed at two of the companys US sites, but it was the far-reaching benefits from its recent implementation at the UK HQ that proved the catalyst for standardising it across the group.
Gareth Jones, CEO and principle sponsor of Project Orion, says it was the next logical evolutionary step for the business: All the businesses were doing well in their own right but there was headroom to further improve the way we approached the market. We had seen how K3 had delivered global solutions for other customers, so had every confidence they could deliver for us too.
The SYSPRO system helps the company present one common, consistent interface worldwide. Customers from all over the world will be able to deal with Gooch and Housego as a single operation; one common sales front and one common business style, irrespective of where the client is or where goods come from.
Financial consolidation and control is a primary objective of the implementation whilst better visibility across the group improves customer service levels and control of the supply chain. The system also offers the flexibility for each of the group companies to operate independent accounting and financial reporting, and to satisfy local territory legislative requirements. Implementation of the 75-user system is expected to be complete in August 2007.
Gooch and Housego was founded in 1948 by Archie Gooch and Leslie Housego - both wartime evacuees - in the sleepy town of Ilminster, where the companys HQ remain to this day. Traditionally a craft-based engineering company, Gooch & Housego has been transformed over the last 20 years into a high-technology business through investment in research and development. The company is best known for the Q-Switch, a device that transforms solid-state lasers into industrial and medical tools producing high power pulses which can drill, cut, weld or machine materials ranging from steel and plastics to diamonds; in medicine they can cauterise or cut tissue in applications such as ophthalmic surgery or urology.
K3 Business Technology Group plc is a public company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. With more than 3,000 customer installations in over 30 countries, K3 is recognised as an innovative provider of world-class software solutions to the manufacturing and retail sectors, backed by world-class service.
K3s clients include: Alexander Dennis, Arcam, BAE Systems, Bradley Collection, Crane Merchandising Systems, Caterham Cars, Dzus Fasteners, Hewland Engineering, Lola Cars, Doncasters Group, Maxxsonics, Plaxton Coach, Racal, Relyon Beds, Wilkinson Sword, Bridgnorth Aluminium, Regent Medical, Medlock Medical, Kappa, Trend Marine, APPH, Autosleepers, Carpetright, Hotel Chocolat, Dreams Beds, Evesham Micros, JJB, American Golf, Aldi Stores, Bank of Ireland, Bloomsbury Publishing, Booths Supermarkets, Dobbies Garden Centres, Rugby Football Union, Sheraton Hotels, Moss Chemists.
SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution incorporating enterprise resource planning (ERP), advanced planning and scheduling (APS), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management, e-commerce, business analytics, financial, warehouse management and human resource management. There are over 600 implementations of SYSPRO in the UK and Europe, with 12,000 licensed companies worldwide
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