EFACS E/8 delivers a custom fit for Cox Wokingham Plastics Ltd  

Exel Computer Systems plc, the UK-based author and developer of the EFACS E/8 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, today announced that Cox Wokingham Plastics Ltd (CWP), a leading plastic thermoforming specialist, has selected EFACS E/8 to manage its manufacturing processes and support the company's growth.

Located in Wokingham, UK, the £6.5m turnover company with over 70 years' heritage designs and manufactures a diverse range of products, from plastic seats for go-karts to components for pilot seats in the Aerospace sector, including the Boeing 787. Operating in a wide range of markets, CWP relies on its 70 strong workforce and the latest technology to optimise and refine each process step to ensure every product represents the best in terms of quality and value for money.

Until recently this included a business management system which CWP had been using since 1999. When the system's vendor recommended that CWP upgrade to the latest version to take advantage of the latest technology, the company responded positively and put together a list of required functionality to meet existing and future requirements. The vendor was unable to supply a system that catered for all of these specific requirements so a comprehensive search for a more flexible replacement was undertaken.

The decision to invest in EFACS E/8 was an obvious one as Mark Bennett, Quality and IT Director explains. "We selected EFACS E/8 primarily on the strength and flexibility of its in-built customisation toolkit. We have a particular way of doing things due to the nature of many of our processes and it was essential that we invest in a system that not only had all the core functionality that we required, but which could also be tailored to fit our existing processes."

He continues, "We also wanted to work with a UK vendor and as a manufacturer with a considerable heritage, we were very impressed with Exel's manufacturing IT pedigree of over 29 years. As the author of the system, we knew we would be partnering with the people who knew the system better than anyone else." Following a successful implementation, CWP is already experiencing the early benefits of a modern, fully integrated ERP system based on the latest technology platform. A significant amount of the company's paper use has been removed as a direct result of more people using EFACS E/8 across a greater part of the business. The EFACS E/8 Document Management system has proved especially useful, with Bennett explaining that "people can now work smarter with increased visibility and timely access to information."

CWP is also benefitting from the integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities of EFACS E/8, something missing from its former system. Customer interactions at all levels are now easily recorded and can be quickly reviewed and assessed. The fully integrated nature of EFACS E/8 has also eliminated the need for the secondary support systems the company had to use which led to significant data duplication, both in terms of entry and storage. "Now we have everything in one place" says Bennett.

CWP is still in the early days of using EFACS E/8 and knows there is much more to come, especially in the areas of MRP and Production Scheduling which are priority areas for the business. Reflecting on the progress made so far, Bennett concludes, "Our experience of working with Exel has been exceptionally good. EFACS E/8 as a package with its ease of customisation makes it a great tool to fit the needs of your business."

About Exel Computer Systems plc 
Exel Computer Systems plc, a UK software author, has been developing, implementing and supporting business software solutions since 1985. With hundreds of successful implementations and thousands of users around the world, Exel has a proven track record of working with some of the world's most well-known organisations.

Exel's experience and extensive industry knowledge ensure that they are best placed to assist their customers to achieve competitive advantage through the employment of a state-of-the-art business solution. In a constantly changing business environment Exel is a provider that you can trust, and with continual product investment, a company which will be around in the future.