Suominen selects I-Plan for demand-driven supply chain

Suominen, a leading manufacturer of nonwovens for wipes, hygiene and medical products, selected I-Plan from Trading Science for integrated business planning.

A top strategic priority for Suominen is to become highly market-focused and in particular to implement a demand-driven supply chain. To support this objective, they are running an initiative to replace the majority of their IT systems. The project is being delivered by Tieto, one of Europe’s largest IT service providers.

Suominen selected I-Plan as an integral part of the solution, to support demand and supply planning, in particular:

  • Supporting their forecasting and demand review with customers
  • Evaluating strategic market opportunities, modelling their expected profitability and impact elsewhere in the business.
  • Providing accurate supply and demand scenario planning and generating their high level supply plan.
  • Allocating production across their specialised global manufacturing facilities and generating rough production plans 2 to 18 months ahead.

I-Plan will integrate with the new ERP and fine planning systems to provide a balanced and financially optimal demand and supply plan to drive sales, materials supply and production planning processes.

Trading Science, the developers of I-Plan are also contracted to provide consultants with specific industry expertise to lead the design of Suominen’s new demand and supply planning processes.

Timo Rautakorpi, CIO of Suominen, commented, “We selected I-Plan for integrated business planning because of its excellent functional fit, specifically developed for industries like ours. We also favoured I-Plan as it is a mature product with a proven track record.”

Alan Cheesbrough, MD of Trading Science, noted, “We are delighted to have been selected by Suominen to partner with them and Tieto for the delivery and support of this high profile project. We are looking forward to working with them now and in the longer term to provide the systems and processes that will underpin their profitable growth.”