This enterprise agreement ensures FlexNet will be deployed at BAT’s strategic factories to unlock even greater value as an enterprise MES platform for manufacturing operations management. BAT can now better manage their manufacturing operations on a global scale to ease continuous process improvement and improve operational agility across their enterprise.
“Apriso has proven itself as a strategic partner for manufacturing. We have already improved operational efficiency, quality and traceability within primary and secondary manufacturing processes while simplifying SAP ERP integration with shop floor operations,”
As with all Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, BAT faces increasing complexity ranging from SKU proliferation and innovative packaging requirements to complex regulatory labeling needs. By ensuring processes are managed at the right level between ERP and FlexNet, operations have been simplified, contributing to greater agility and quality across BAT’s operations, helping to enable improved capacity utilization.
“BAT clearly recognizes the value Apriso delivers on a plant-by-plant basis. With an enterprise decision to standardize on Apriso, BAT can achieve even greater process collaboration between plants to better manage as a collective whole,” stated Jim Henderson, president and CEO of Apriso.
“The tobacco manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant change, driven in part by globalization and demand shifts to emerging markets, such as the BRIC nations,” said Dariusz Kudzia, senior director of EMEA field operations at Apriso. “These industry challenges require new strategies to support Lean operations, process governance and shared best practices to drive down costs. A global standard for manufacturing operations management is vital to achieve these objectives, especially when production is dispersed across different geographic regions, to ensure brand integrity is maintained, regardless the origin of production.”