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Case Study

TCS helps Bekaert realize efficiency gains in its supply chain


TCS designed, developed and deployed an SAP-based solution at Bekaert to harmonize the supply chain processes across plants and warehouses, resulting in better visibility and control of inventory and plant maintenance costs.

The Customer: Bekaert is a global market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coatings. Its products are used in the automotive, construction, energy and utilities, agricultural, consumer goods, basic materials and equipment industries. Headquartered in Belgium, it has a global presence and a worldwide manufacturing footprint serving customers in over 120 countries.

Business Scenario: Bekaert wanted to harmonize its supply chain processes to gain better control over its inventory, lower plant maintenance costs and bring transparency to its operations. The company also wanted to eliminate outdated platforms and establish a common platform across its manufacturing units.

Why TCS:

  • Thorough understanding of Bekaert’s business processes
  • Strong domain knowledge of the process industry
  • Expertise with similar large-scale global SAP engagements
  • Global operations 

TCS’ Solution:

We crafted niche SAP-based solutions to meet Bekaert’s business requirements. Some key features of the solution were:

  • Demand management integration with customer service, sales managers and the supply chain team
  • Production allocation integration with supply chain and operational management
  • Integration of production planning with customer forecasting
  • Handling unit management with traceability
  • Automatic robot integration in shop floor operations
  • Real-time integration of production and planning data with costing

Key Benefits:

  • Reduced IT operation costs due to elimination of legacy systems and adoption of a common IT platform
  • Reduction in inventory to 3 weeks and greater transparency in transit stock
  • Standardized processes and documents across regions by implementing global templates
  • Clear visibility of capacity allowing for better planning
  • Improved operations through cockpit processes with quality integration

Client Quote:
“TCS was instrumental in the design and delivery of the large multilayer legacy migration program aimed at improving the supply chain, reducing the cycle time, improving the quality, and providing a global scalable business platform for one of our major business platforms.”
-- Bart Vandecappelle, CIO, Bekaert

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