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Leveraging Demand and Supply Planning to Unlock the Value of MRP

Both demand and supply planning and materials requirement planning (MRP) have been around for a long time. It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing company without either one. With a robust MRP system, manufacturers can better control inventory, plan production accurately, manage data and documentation related to production, and optimize their workflow.

Likewise, good demand and supply planning can help companies adapt to demand volatility and manage resource allocations strategically. They can also help improve overall operational efficiency for areas of the company outside of production. Yet, many companies never fully connect their demand and supply planning to their MRP. And many manage them as separate entities, erecting yet another silo that acts as a barrier to improvement.

 

Where MRP Falls Short

MRP systems revolutionized production planning. By focusing on materials required to produce finished


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02 Oct 2015
RESEARCH: Global transport infrastructure investment predicted to reach unprecedented levels
 

Transport infrastructure investment is projected to increase at an average annual rate of about 5% worldwide between 2014 and 2025, according to analysis released today by PwC. The analysis on transport infrastructure spending to 2025, for which Oxford Economics provided research support, estimates the scale of current transport infrastructure investment and assesses the prospects for future investment from now to 2025.

 
Hilary Downes
PwC
 
24 Sep 2015
CASE STUDY: AkzoNobel: Multiple sites operating in unison
 

'Full transparency has been achieved through the combination of centralized planning and de-centralized scheduling in seven plants. We have seen results in capacity balancing as well as improvements in scheduling. This has further resulted in improved customer service and optimized productivity.'
– Pierre Versailles, Operations Excellence Manager, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
10 Sep 2015
CASE STUDY: Ruukki increases productivity using Quintiq Metal Scheduler
 

'Planning support has been improved dramatically and we are now in a position to be able to measure the production impacts.' – Pasi Rajala, Development Engineer, Ruukki

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
14 Apr 2015
CASE STUDY: ABS improves on-time delivery with Quintiq
 

'We were quite impressed by the proof of concept and the demonstration of how Quintiq’s software could fit ABS’ planning processes and stringent requirements.' – Luca Visentini, ABS project manager

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
25 Mar 2015
CASE STUDY: Meneba develops products at lowest cost possible using Quintiq software
 

'At a certain point there were too many variables involved. We had to look for a more powerful system with which we could consistently produce the best blends against the lowest possible cost price.' - Douwe Van Dijk, Manager Quality and Food Safety at Meneba

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 


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Output growth eases as supply-chain disruption worsens, despite marked rise in client demand
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