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ARECA SA, a leading garment manufacturer based in Bucharest, Romania have awarded a major contract to Manchester based XeBusiness Ltd (XeB) to implement a leading edge real time production control system for shop floor manufacturing management.
The XeB real time production control system (Xe-RTS) is a world class IT manufacturing solution that allows shop floor operatives to increase productivity (gains of up to 25% reported from users), closely track and optimise work in progress, monitor time and attendance and optimise capacity and production scheduling in real time; i.e. as events on the shop floor are actually occurring. The system is totally flexible allowing changes to production priorities to be made 'on the fly'.
Alexandru Mihei, Director General of Areca who was part of the team that initiated the project and then appointed XeB to implement said:
"We evaluated the XeB product and concluded that it will supply the real time production information we require to support our best practice manufacturing programme. We were also impressed by the ROI - under a year - for the system. The fact that we will also be able to seamlessly exchange information electronically with our UK partner Cookson and Clegg (another XeBusiness client) is a bonus."
David Cullis, Chief Executive of XeBusiness commented:
"This represents a breakthrough in the marketing of our production control systems in Eastern Europe. We already have smaller sites using our production control systems in Poland and Slovakia. XeB has targeted this region as strategic for our 'best of class' specialist textile manufacturing applications. Areca is a highly respected name in textiles in Romania. We are delighted to be working with them on this important project,"
Richard Hampson, Managing Director of Cookson & Clegg Ltd commented:
"Cookson & Clegg have had an exclusive partnership with ARECA SA since 1994 for garment manufacture. As users of XeB software for many years, we are delighted that our Romanian colleagues have made the decision to implement the very latest manufacturing management solution as an addition to the already very significant joint investment in manufacturing plant and machinery. The benefits in terms of management control, productivity and cost saving will be extensive"
About Areca Group
The ARECA Group consists of 3 companies: ARECA SA (textile manufacture) , PROLOGICA CONSULTING SA (rubber products, webbing and inflatable items) and ARECA PRO TRADING SA (specialised trading activities).
About Areca SA
Areca SA is a major Romanian apparel manufacturer and exporter. They export 95% of what they manufacture. Their export markets include the UK, Italy, Netherlands, France, Norway and Belgium.
XeBusiness supplies computer based supply chain solutions for quick response and cost reduction - simply and economically. The company is a leading business to business provider of supply chain solutions that allow client companies to automate their in-house functional processes and to also integrate these - via the Internet - with systems in use at their customers, suppliers and business partners to improve service levels and reduce operating cost.
About Xe-RTS (Real Time Manufacturing Control System)
Xe-RTS is a world class Manufacturing Control, Time and Attendance and Work in Progress (WIP) management system that monitors, records and feeds back information to operatives and managers instantaneously (in real time) about shop floor manufacturing processes as they occur, enabling productivity to be substantially increased (5% - 25%) and operating costs to be reduced. UK users include Mikar Holdings, Norwood Textiles, Thirteen Amp and Try and Lilly amongst others.
For further information, please contact:
David Cullis at XeBusiness Ltd
Tel: 0161 869 0430 or
Adrian Gruia at Areca S.A
Tel: 00 401 4100 790 or