Reel Alesa Ltd., a subsidiary of REEL International, is a Swiss engineering company with additional operations in Canada and France. The company was founded in 1967 and specialises in engineering and building complete material handling solutions which optimise companies’ processes and performances, including enhancing environmental performance. Reel Alesa’s primary focus is in providing customised solutions to the aluminium industry but their technologies are also supplied to diverse industries, including bauxite & aluminium, power, cement, steel & minerals, copper, iron ore, magnesium, nuclear, chemicals, fertilizer and food.
As part of a recent business transformation project, a reorganisation of the company was underway at the same time as the adoption of an upgraded central IT solution. The existing ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 was used as the primary finance system and there was no PLM or document management system integrated. This resulted in the need for large amounts of data to be inputted instead and meant that management was not supported sufficiently. The variety of businesses processes fed into disconnected and different solutions, were too time-consuming and held back Reel Alesa.Read More
The organisation wanted to add modules in a new solution which would support Finance Management, Sales and Project Management, and to:
- Standardise processes
- Automate task management
- Introduce a knowledge base for customer data
- Re-use data and documents
- Eliminate multiple data entries
- Centralise purchasing and optimise procurement processes
Lastly, Reel Alesa specifically wanted to use the new ERP solution to help it to expand and start competing in the spare parts business within the industries that it supplied.