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Preactor International, a leading independent specialist planning and scheduling software company, has reported a string of record figures for 2007.
- Revenue exceeds 2006 levels
- 1 new customer added every day
- Number of customers up to 2200 companies
- US customers pass the 300 mark
- Preactor partners now over 400 and growing
- Preactor customers receive industry awards and commendations
General Sales Success
While the role and value of production planning and scheduling systems is becoming increasingly valued, Preactors double digit increase over the previous years 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 Preactors proven benefits.
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 Preactors third largest installed base after the UK and the US. Its a similar story in other countries including Italy where a 40% increase in installations has led to a doubling of the companys 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.
Valrie 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. Preactors 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. Weve certainly experienced companies taking longer to make investment decisions in 2007 which reflects the current economic situation. In such a business climate, theres no room for error. You cant 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 Preactors 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, Preactors 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.
About Preactor International
Preactor International is a world leader in production planning and scheduling software used by a wide range of businesses. Frequently integrated with ERP, MES and Supply Chain Management solutions, Preactors breakthrough technology is used by more than 2,200 small, medium and large multinational companies located in 64 countries.
Preactor has established partnerships with more than 400 companies located around the world to provide local expertise to support the implementation of the solution for each company. These 1000+ accredited professionals offer a key resource working closely with users to ensure each companys unique requirements are met.
The current trends in manufacturing are towards lowering inventory levels to reduce costs yet still be able to respond to shorter lead times to satisfy customer demand. Preactor offers a family of applications ranging from mid and long term capacity planning to detailed scheduling and is translated into 30 languages.
Preactor runs on industry standard hardware, operating systems and databases. Preactor International has long been a Microsoft Gold Partner and certifies its products for use on Microsoft platforms and databases. It uses the latest technology to develop its applications and typically offers at least one major release each year.
With 15 years of expertise in production planning and scheduling technology, 2,200 companies as users, more than 10,000 licenses installed and an extensive partner network offering local expertise and support, Preactor International offers global companies with a proven solution and the global resources for the execution of multinational projects.