Leading Finnish engineering group opts for Infor

Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise has been selected by Finnish engineering leader Närpes Trä & Metall (NTM) to help unify and standardise its complex operational and manufacturing processes across the globe.

Delivered via multi-tenant cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the system will be deployed by local Infor partner Midport Scandinavia, beginning at NTM’s headquarters in Närpes, Finland, and then rolling out across the group’s other sites in Russia, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, the UK, Canada and the US.

NTM develops, manufactures, sells and maintains transport equipment for heavy goods vehicles and refuse and recycling material collection vehicles, engineered-to-order to meet the demands of a varied customer base. NTM recognised that it was unable to achieve comprehensive visibility across its entire business with multiple subsystems and silos of information standing in the way of optimum levels of organisational visibility, efficiency and agility. The company was looking for a solution to bring a commonality to its processes across all business sites, with the goal of unifying and standardising systems to create a platform for pursuing further growth.

Following a five-way tender process, NTM selected Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise, a manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. According to NTM, the solution’s ability to handle complex processes and its industry-specific functionality set it apart from the competition, representing a truly global solution that can deliver the level of agility that NTM needs. A multi-tenant cloud deployment was also a crucial factor in NTM’s decision, ensuring the business can benefit from continual updates with minimal administrative burden on the in-house IT team, as well as enabling the swift on-boarding of new entities.

Thomas Aspelin, NTM chief operations officer, said: “We have the best products, and now we’ll have the best processes. We pride ourselves on engineering excellence and wanted our systems to reflect this, able to manage the variety and complexity of our operations in every region. With Infor and Midport, we’re confident we’ve chosen the right solution to meet the distinct needs of our growing business. It offers the industry-specific functionality that’s vital for our organisation, as well as the flexibility that a cloud-based solution delivers. Not only are we laying the foundations for a wider programme of digital transformation across the group, but we’re also building a solid platform to support our ambitious growth plans, allowing us to work as one company, seamlessly sharing information to optimise operational efficiency and business agility.”

Juha Levo, sales director and country manager at Infor Finland & Baltics, added: “More businesses are realising the importance of industry-specific functionality when it comes to ERP solutions, as well as the crucial role that digitalisation has to play in underpinning future growth. NTM’s investment in Infor CloudSuite is the perfect example of this, helping the group to simplify and streamline operations safe in the knowledge that its systems aren’t stifling its true growth potential.”