Material for ecological buildings.
|FIELD||Core, Finance, Trade|
|ANNUAL TURNOVER||mil. CZK|
Family business EKOPANELY CZ is the only manufacturer of straw construction panels in Europe. It was founded in 1999 and deals with three main areas:
The company produces 105,000 square meters of panels a year. In its history, it has already supplied building boards for more than 400 homes. Most of the products are exported to European Union countries, but its customers are spread all over the world, for example in the Philippines, Ukraine or Haiti.
ABRA Gen made our work quicker. We can better search data about sales, we have an overview of our revenues and a history of individual customer’s purchases.
The company has therefore started a selection procedure for a new information system, which should be built on modern technologies. The basic prerequisite for the selection was the integration of all existing records, know-how and company data into one database.
“Ecopanels are an advanced building system for low-energy and passive buildings. They are most often used for building cladding, partition walls and ceilings. The main advantages of the Ecopanel are the speed and simplicity of construction, energy inefficiency, insulating properties, fire resistance and heat accumulation capability “, says Jan Bareš, CEO of EKOPANELY CZ.
Panels are also supplied to the Netherlands and Belgium for archery targets. In this field, EKOPANELY CZ is fighting with higher durability of its products, quarter price and fire resistance.
In 1999, the company started with ten employees. It had to design and manufacture its own machines, it had to get the first courageous customers, build reference buildings, secure product certificates. “We started with a gradual investment in machine development. The development cost my father and his close team of developers of a lot of resources and, above all, a lot of strength. We have taken the basic idea from England, but we have just reversed the system and moved it a lot further. In the first year we produced about 5,000 m2 of Ecopanels, “ recalls the late nineties Jan Bareš.
“Earlier, our IT background were primarily programs such as MS Excel. We do not hire an IT specialist, so it was a natural way for us. Later, we started using an accounting system, “ describes Jan Bareš the software used by the company.
However, the company has been struggling for a long time with the poorly-resolved payroll section of the accounting system. Finally, they decided to move on to a modern information system that would cover all the company’s economic agendas.
THE SELECTION PROCEDURE
ECOPANELY CZ has launched a selection procedure for a new information system. The requirements were defined and three system manufacturers were approached in the tender. ABRA Gen ERP system won the selection procedure. It offered the roofing of all required areas at a good price.
“The deciding factor in the selection, apart from the price, were the references. We had the opportunity to visit a few companies around us and it made us believe that ABRA Software is a supplier for our size and type of business “, recalls Jan Bareš.
USE OF ABRA GEN
Only four workers work actively in ABRA Gen. They use the economic, warehouse and sales functions of the system. Even so, there is a significant increase in the speed of work in the company. Jan Bareš, from the managerial point of view, praises the broad possibilities of reporting: “What I used to have to extract from the Excel tables, I have now immediately. I see the entire commission from the offer, through the order, to the delivery note – all with three clicks. “