Arkieva Implementation Will Take Place Simultaneously Across Seven Business Units with Global Operations

WILMINGTON, DE. USA— December 18, 2014 — Arkieva (arkieva.com) the designerand supplier of the Arkieva suite of advanced planning and scheduling  (APS)  software products, announced today that AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals  has selected the Arkieva Demand Planning  and Inventory Analyzer modules for its worldwide supply chain operations.

Functional Chemicals is the largest business in the AkzoNobel family of Specialty Chemicals.  The Functional Chemicals business produces chemical intermediates, performance chemicals and end-user consumer products.  The Company’s   portfolio includes cellulosic specialties, chelates, ethylene amines, metal alkyls, micronutrients, organic peroxides, polysulfides, redispersable powder polymers, salt specialties and sulfur products. Based on market share AkzoNobel is a global leader in many of these products.

Functional Chemicals is organized in seven sub business units.  “Our business units were using a variety of solutions to manage demand planning and inventory optimization,” said KeesSchmalz, global business director of paint and project champion at AkzoNobel Performance Additives.  “These solutions included both software and spreadsheets. Part of what we wanted to do was to harmonize our supply chain planning and bring everyone into a single system for planning and reporting.”

The size of the supply chain challenge in these seven business units can be calculated by the thousands of SKUs managed by these business units for thousands of customers.  The Functional Chemical business has more than 100 people who will be users of the Arkieva planning and inventory software solution.

“We have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Surface Chemistry part of AkzoNobel,” said Sujit Singh, chief operating officer of Arkieva.  “We are excited to be moving into the largest operating unit of Specialty Chemicals.  I think it is a validation of both our level of customer service and the reliability of our software.

Arkieva’s founders came out of DuPont, and the company has deep domain experience in providing demand and supply planning solutions to the chemical industry.

Arkieva Supply Chain Software

Arkieva, founded in 1993, is the developer of Arkieva software solutions for global manufacturing supply chains. With headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and offices in Antwerp, Belgium, and, Mangalore, India   Arkieva is positioned to support multinational businesses around the world.  

Arkieva products enhance productivity and reduce operating costs in the supply chain, providing the full range of features necessary for effective Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Such major corporations as Momentive, INVISTA, Sunsweet Growers, and INEOS use Arkieva solutions. For more information, visit arkieva.com.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, the company’s 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of a fast-changing world.
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