A high-end foundry is firing up its manufacturing operation for future success with the help of UK SYSPRO ERP specialist K3 Business Technology Group (K3).

K3 has won a contract to supply a fully integrated SYSPRO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to Chamberlin & Hill Castings. It will provide the management tools to give C&H Castings full visibility of its manufacturing operation, delivering a clear view of processes, procedures and costs.

The new system will replace C&H's old enterprise resource planning system and manual spreadsheets.

"With the new SYSPRO ERP system we will get a much clearer view of our business to meet the group-wide target for improved access to management information. K3 has listened carefully to our requirements and is tailoring the new system to meet our needs. This will allow us to see and monitor every area of the business at the touch of a button. We'll have much greater visibility from works order right through to finished product and dispatch," says Mark Hotchin, Financial Director, C&H Castings.

C&H Castings is part of the Chamberlin plc group of companies that specialises in complex iron castings and engineered products to a variety of industries worldwide. The company's products are used by a wide range of customers requiring highly engineered solutions across a number of sectors including rail, defence, hydraulics, automotive and hazardous environments. Chamberlin embarked on a Group-wide review of its system requirements in 2007 and chose K3 to assist in this process.

K3 will configure C&H Castings SYSPRO system to focus on manufacturing and accounting. With SYSPRO in place the company will have even tighter control of its manufacturing process and costs.

"SYSPRO will provide visibility of all jobs within the system, allowing us to align our moulding and melting processes. This is extremely important as any misalignment can result in scrap metal. The new system will also deliver improved inventory management and a clear picture of the materials we require and when they are needed, to assist us with accurate product costing. As an additional benefit, we are expecting SYSPRO to help us expedite estimating and job costing," concludes Mark Hotchin.

About K3 Business Technology Group

K3 Business Technology Group employs 80 people at its Manchester head office and its branches throughout the UK and Ireland. The company offers solutions in enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management, advanced planning and scheduling, warehouse management, human resources and e-business. SYSPRO is used by some 14,000 sites across the world. K3 Business Technology Group is part of K3 Business Technology PLC which is a global leader in providing next-generation enterprise software for businesses in the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors. With more than 3,000 customer installations in over 30 countries, K3 is recognised as a safe, innovative and reliable provider of world-class solutions, backed by world-class service.

For further information, please contact:

Editorial - Ellen Hoefste, Marketing Manager, K3 Business Technology Group on 0161 876 4498, or Gary Lillistone, Bridge PR on 024 76 520025, or e-mail garyl@bridgepr.co.uk.

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