Sage ERP X3 provides the perfect fit for Crest Chemicals, a chemicals company that has experienced phenomenal growth and is poised for future expansion into a multi-company group, requiring consolidated financial reporting and varied financial analysis.
“Our decision to implement Sage ERP X3 into our operation is providing cutting edge technology that will grow alongside the business,” says Ted Whyte, financial manager of Crest Chemicals.
An importer and distributor of chemical products, Crest Chemicals is situated in the Midrand area with operational centres in Midrand, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Namibia. The company focuses on trading, with break bulk decanting and chemical blending activities also being performed by the organisation.
Reporting and business analysis is at the heart of Crest Chemicals’ operational structure, says Whyte.
“Sage ERP X3 will provide us with a system that delivers transparency on both inventory and warehouse management in order to underpin our integrated manufacturing approach.
“The system will automate our costing process, will simplify our container management and provide the tools for detailed forecasting and Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), ultimately allowing us to cope with increased transaction volumes, with additional scope for growth.”
Times 3 Technologies, a business partner to Softline Accpac, part of the Sage Group, facilitated the implementation at Crest Chemicals.
“Sage ERP X3 is easily customisable within the core software architecture to optimally cater for Crest Chemicals’ specific company needs and functionality. The client can rest assured that their investment is fully supported locally by a trained and experienced support team, providing the foundation that will support Crest Chemicals as the company grows,” says Tony Celine, a director at Times 3 Technologies.
A thorough situational analysis was completed and the best approach was mapped to fully integrate Sage ERP X3 into Crest Chemicals with the least amount of interruption.
“Even though essential business processes were not changed dramatically, the users did however have to get used to the new system processes. Progressive change management processes were implemented until users were completely familiarised with the system,” says Celine.
“Crest Chemicals needed a system that could cope with higher transaction volumes on a multi-company, multi-country and multi-currency scale. Sage ERP X3 offers deep and broad first-class functionality that is scalable and fully integrated.
“It provides real-time information that is shared on a common database and user interface that is easy to use and understand, with specific functionality relevant to the chemicals and chemical manufacturing industry,” explains Keith Fenner, VP of sales at Softline Accpac.
Whyte says it is a fast moving business.
“Not only in terms of the products we stock, but also the rapid expansion that the company is experiencing. We now have an ERP system in the form of Sage ERP X3 that not only can handle our volumes, but also grow with us as we expand into new territories and products,” concludes Whyte.