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Drive success, consistently

Ensure the reliable quality your customers demand from your manufacturing business while minimising risk.

Improve efficiency, drive productivity and promote compliance

Achieve 75% faster process cycle time and 57% faster inventory turns in your process manufacturing business.

It’s impossible to streamline your operations when your ERP, CRM and supply chain processes are siloed.

Old infrastructure, high costs, reduced lead times and a need for improved visibility continue to make the environment a tricky one for process manufacturers. Add into the mix the introduction of environmental and safety standards that require additional management and controls, not to mention pressure to improve customer satisfaction, and suddenly the story looks different.

Your process manufacturing business faces four key challenges.

Operations are affected by out-of-date infrastructure

A major concern for many manufacturers. You need software that can help you raise the productivity bar, break new ground and ensure compliance, if you want to stay ahead of the competition.

You must keep tight control over costs

In a Global CEO Survey on manufacturing competitiveness, Deloitte identified “cost, availability of labour, materials, cost competitiveness of materials, and availability of raw materials” as the third most competitive driver for manufacturers. So it's crucial you understand how much your process manufacturing is spending each week, month or quarter.

There’s increasing pressure to develop and launch new products

In recent years, it’s become normal for large sections of the food and beverage industry to launch products every year, while pharmaceutical companies are often pushed to accelerate the development of new antibiotics as outbreaks of drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ continue to rise.

This means that manufacturers need to be lean and highly flexible in order to keep pace—those encumbered by rigid processes and inefficient systems will be left behind.

It’s essential to maintain quality and meet safety standards

A crucial requirement for all process manufacturers is the ability to keep up with new environmental and safety standards and successfully achieve compliance with new regulations, such as the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Navigating this maze of global laws and restrictions can be a huge challenge, and failure to comply can be extremely costly in financial and reputational terms.

The good news is many Australian and New Zealand process manufacturing businesses are overcoming these types of challenges with the right business management solution.

Own your supply chain and minimise costs with a solution ready for your industry

From procurement to production, warehousing, e-commerce and sales and financial and people management—Sage business management solutions are a faster, more intuitive and tailored way to manage the entire business at a lower cost, on a global scale.

Sage Business Cloud

Sage X3

Provides faster, more intuitive and tailored business management solutions than conventional ERP for organisations looking to thrive and retain their competitive advantage by increasing their agility and embracing change at speed.

  • A single solution for your managing core business processes including inventory, sales, customer service, finances, and more
  • Collaborate across divisions, countries, multiple sites, languages and legislations
  • Manage financial operations with general ledger, cost accounting, and budgeting
  • Control procurement, cash flow and business purchases
  • Get a complete view of your customers across sales, marketing, customer service and support
  • Ideal for manufacturing, wholesale distribution, and service processes
Learn more about Sage X3

Sage 300cloud

Unlock your company’s potential, reduce costs and improve performance with enhanced business visibility with Sage 300cloud - connecting finance, operations, and inventory in multiple languages and currencies.

  • Access a unified view of your business from anywhere on any device
  • Faster, more informed collaboration and decision making with powerful analysis and reporting capabilities
  • Powerful customer relationship management and increased business visibility
  • Powerful project and services management
  • Strategically manage every aspect of the distribution cycle from purchasing to sales
  • Save time and improve the productivity of your team with Office 365 integration
  • Powerful financial management capabilities and automated businesses processes
Learn more about Sage 300cloud
Sage Business Cloud

People

A cloud-native People system built on the Salesforce platform. Deliver enhanced employee experiences to your workforce anywhere at any time..

  • All your people information in a single, secure system of record, with access on any browser or device
  • Real-time workforce visibility with pre-built dashboards and analytics for smarter people decisions
  • Built on the Salesforce platform providing unparalleled reliability
  • Ability to meet both local and global compliance reporting requirements
  • Providing a consistent onboarding experience no matter where the employee is located
Learn more about People

Sage MicrOpay

A market leading Australian payroll and HR management software solution that helps businesses across the country perform smartly and more efficiently.

  • Efficient and accurate payroll processing and workflows designed for Australian and New Zealand conditions
  • Self-service and mobile access to empower your employees
  • Multi-location payroll management with ability to manage multiple companies, databases and pay frequencies
  • Always up-to-date with payroll legislation and regulations, including Single Touch Payroll Reporting
  • On-premise or online deployment, depending on your needs
  • Range of flexible reporting with adaptable export options
  • Superannuation solution that is Superstream compliant
Learn more about Sage MicrOpay

Take control of costs and mitigate risk with a powerful, scalable business management solution

The right business management solution can transform your business—keeping you lean, flexible, and in control.

Minimise waste

Significantly reduce operational costs and waste, while you eliminate the potential dangers of cross-contamination, with greater insight into your entire supply chain.

Reduce the risk of product recalls

Verify the quality, safety and efficacy of your products at all times and be prepared for possible recalls with total visibility of your operations.

Embrace lean manufacturing principles

Respond faster to changing customer and marketplace demands and improve the management of fluctuations in purchasing, production and shipping.

Sage X3 offers an integrated system for ERP, accounts, finance, production, and purchasing. It was attractive to have a solution with all the products in one box.

Martin Wallen, managing director
Firwood Paints

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