CIBEX East Africa Conference 2016
The continuing growth of VAS in Africa, led to the attendance of FRITZ & MACZIOL at the CIBEX East Africa Conference (international trade show for construction, infrastructure, building and energy) in Nairobi, Kenya on the 01st of March 2016. Mr. Claus Jordan, Director for Business Development at FRITZ & MACZIOL joined a delegation of high tech company representatives under the umbrella of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for this event. For FRITZ & MACZIOL the African continent is of high interest. Besides many plant installations in the North African region, the plant of Scantogo (HeidelbergCement) in Togo, Africa will be equipped with VAS in 2016.
FRITZ & MACZIOL extend their Market Position in North Africa
Holcim Morocco counts on the IT-Logistic Solution VAS®
After the implementation of VAS® in the Holcim plants in the Philippines and Indonesia, the IT-Logistic Solution was implemented successful in Morocco by Holcim for the first time. The pilot installation was undertaken in the cement plant Settat, which is located between Casablanca and Marrakesh. The project was carried out on the basis of the „Global Framework Agreement“, that Holcim and FRITZ & MACZIOL have sealed two years ago. Since June, the VAS® system runs successfully. The start of production was realized in the second quarter of the current year. After the successful implementation in Settat, the Morocco Holcim plants in Oujda, Fes and Nador are supposed to be the next plants to be equipped with VAS®. Besides the software and services, FRITZ & MACZIOL delivered the full infrastructure for the project. This includes not only the IT-Hardware like printers or large displays for the control room but also barriers and signal lights for traffic control within the plant …complete press release…
YAMAMA Saudi Cement Company in Ulm for VAS® Training
One of the largest cement producers worldwide, the YAMAMA Saudi Cement Company (YSCC) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia works with the VAS IT Logistic solution of FRITZ & MACZIOL (F&M) for more than 10 years. Currently YSCC plans to build a new site (2x 10.000 tato) and sent specialists of their organization to the F&M headquarters in Ulm, Germany in order to get familiar with the VAS solution. Besides the daily hard working routine, also the typical Swabian hospitality in form of local delicacies and a visit to the world tallest church steeple, the Ulm Minster formed a part of the YSCC visit. Another form of sightseeing, however which was rather work oriented was a trip to Lengerich were the group visited a plant of the German cement company Dyckerhoff GmbH which is equipped with the VAS solution in the fields of Entry/Exit Truck Automation and online truck planning (iDISPO). The YSCC visit to Germany was perceived as a very positive meeting and was continued for a second time in September 2015.
Intercontinental teamwork at it's best
Regional showcase for F&M Asia in the Philippines
In close cooperation with the IAS team from Ulm the F & M Asia team can now be proud about the successful Go Live of the VAS® template solution for the five Holcim plants in the Philippines. The successfull and smooth roll-out of the "Phase 2 - Project" was completed to the full satisfaction of the customer.
And we continue. Already for the third quarter of 2015 two further HOLCIM plants as well as the implementation of additional VAS® modules are planned. Above all, both teams are pleased with the very latest signed service contracts with the HOLCIM PH. Thus the 24x7 hotline as well as software maintenance can be assured for the customer in an intercontinental cooperation.
Now more companies in Asia have to be inspired to use VAS®. For this the F & M Asia team will be strengthened in sales; with a joint visit to the South-East Asian Cement Association´s congress, the AFCM in Vietnam Mrs. Corinne Johnson (Team Asia) and Marc Brida (Team Ulm) have started to work actively together on the Asian market.
HeidelbergCement AG announces FRITZ & MACZIOL as "Preferred Supplier"
Ulm, Heidelberg, 25th of November 2014. The IT-Logistic Solution VAS® of FRITZ & MACZIOL becomes an integral part of the „Logistic Efficiency Optimization“Initiative ("LEO") of the HeidelbergCement AG.
Within this project an integrated material-flow management will be introduced that will lead to a considerable cost reduction in the fields of Logistics for the corporate group. Globally several plants in the business lines of cement, aggregates (sand & gravel) as well as concrete will be equipped with the IT solution VAS® from FRITZ & MACZIOL. The implementation of VAS® will lead to a significant optimization for the dispatch and the related logistical processes, as the increased level of automation will result in a much faster execution of many activities within the plants. In this context FRITZ & MACZIOL has also been announced as a "Preferred Supplier" by HeidelbergCement AG. "Due to the large international experience as a hardware independent IT-specialist in the industrial environment and the flexibility in creating an interface to SAP, FRITZ & MACZIOL reflects an ideal partner for us in the fields of IT-Logistics." as Ms Tanja Hofmann, Group Purchasing at HeidelbergCement AG describes the key reasons for this decision. „The announcement of receiving the status "Preferred Supplier" reflects a high level of trust that has grown within our long lasting partnership. HeidelbergCement is a global player and belongs to the industry-leading companies in its field." as Mr Marc Brida, Manager Sales & Business Development, Industrial Applications and Services at FRITZ & MACZIOL further comments.. ...read more...
Al Safwa increases loading operating efficiency with the IT-Logistics solution VAS®
Ulm / Jeddah, 05th November 2014. „With the current migration of the IT-Logistic solution VAS® from version 04 to version 05, Al Safwa Cement Company (ASCC) has been different than its competitors by being more customer oriented and by introducing innovative solutions, providing the basis for doubling the capacity of their plant in Saudi-Arabia.
This cement plant is located in the western region and is a joint venture with Lafarge” said Eng. Khaled Jadallah the Commercial Director of Al Safwa. Currently the yearly capacity of two million tonnes will be further increased by creating a second line that will add another 5,300 tonnes to the daily cement dispatch. The decision for migrating towards the new VAS® version 05, lays in the successful history of the prior roll-outs of the VAS®- templates in Lafarge cement plants within Syria and the United Arab Emirates. „VAS® offers us the possibility to optimize our customer service dispatch processes in a way that will allow us to double our current output while having a lower effort and have an efficient organization to meet business goals“, as Ahdab Hanif, Customer Service & Distribution Manager at Al Safwa Cement Company, describes the advantages of VAS®. This project will furthermore be of high importance to visitors at the 19th Arab Intern Cement Conference & Exhibition AUCBM taking place from the 11th to 13th of November 2014 in the Moroccon city of Marrakesh. As the AUCBM is one of the industry-leading exhibitions in the Arab region, FRITZ & MACZIOL will join this occasion while being present with their own booth (A24+A25). ...read more...
VINCI is the new owner of the
FRITZ & MACZIOL group
French conglomerate takes over Imtech ICT
Ulm, 26th August 2014. The French conglomerate VINCI has acquired all shares and assets of the Imtech ICT Division via its subgroup VINCI Energies and, thus, has also acquired all shares in the Ulm software and systems group FRITZ & MACZIOL (subject to antitrust and competition clearance and customary closing conditions). In addition to FRITZ & MACZIOL Software und Computervertrieb GmbH and INFOMA® Software Consulting GmbH in Ulm, the group also includes FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia Inc. headquartered in Manila, Philippines, and IT&T AG in Rotkreuz, Switzerland. The new owner is keen to maintain the identity and independence of the individual organisations, in order to foster entrepreneurial spirit and the speed of further individual development. VINCI is at number 188 on the global Fortune 500 list; its subsidiary VINCI Energies employs around 65,000 people and achieved a turnover of 9.25 billion euros in 2013. FRITZ & MACZIOL will report as a group to VINCI Energies Germany. “We are very pleased that the Imtech ICT sales process has led to this extremely positive result. We believe the new set-up will afford excellent opportunities for continuing FRITZ & MACZIOL's success story in the long-term”, says Heribert Fritz, CEO of the FRITZ & MACZIOL group, in his initial assesment on the situation. VINCI Energies also includes Axians Networks und Solutions GmbH. With its position as a Cisco Gold Partner, this represents the perfect complement to the portfolio of the FRITZ & MACZIOL group. ...read more...
Ciments de l'Atlas automates processes with Fritz & Macziol
VAS is now also present in Africa
Ulm / Casablanca, 26th February 2014. With the introduction of the IT-Logistic solution VAS of Fritz & Macziol, Ciments de l'Atlas (CIMAT) which is located in Casablanca, will continuously automatize the processes in its Moroccan plants.
The implementation is carried within the scope of a KPI-Project, in which all processes have been analysed initially. Following, VAS is used to identify and eliminate weak spots by illustrating the potentials of optimisation. This for example can be achieved by detailed VAS reports e.g. about the length of stay of trucks at all kinds of locations within the plant. The next step is the systematic conversion of fully automating the logistics of the two Moroccan cement plants - including the integration of the central SAP systems. Another plant, which is currently in construction in Nador, is to be equipped with the IT-Logistic solution VAS after its completion. „For CIMAT this is a big step in the optimisation of our processes, as with VAS we have found a system that covers our conceptual, functional and technological requirements best“, as Rachid Lahbara, Direction Performances et Investissements of CIMAT, describes the reasons for the decisions. VAS has already been implemented in the Ben Ahmed plant (Province Settat, Morocco) in October 2013, which includes a fully automatic and non-manipulative waiting list for the trucks in the plant. With the use of displays at the parking area, the loading order also remains transparent for the truck drivers. Therewith, Fritz & Macziol is now also present in Africa with its IT-Logistic solution VAS, including a continuous French language version...readmore...
VAS wins CEMEX Contract
International standardisation of logistic processes
Oct 28, 2013. VAS® the IT-Logistics solution of the FRITZ & MACZIOL group has recently won an
international bid of the renown CEMEX Company.
As a multinational enterprise in the building materials industry, CEMEX will use VAS® on the basis of a tailor-made template solution that is connected to the central ERP system and likewise will be rolled out to several CEMEX plants starting in Germany. The key reason for choosing VAS® has been the ability to cover all requirements towards an IT-Logistics solution, that have been described in the detailed systems specification provided by CEMEX. The very good reputation of VAS® as a market proven IT solution has been another crucial factor in favour of FRITZ & MACZIOL. Following its development more than two decades ago, VAS® has been implemented in more than 160 plants across different industries worldwide. At CEMEX the implementation of a VAS® workshop is currently being prepared. As Mr. Claus Jordan, the Director of Business Development and Marketing of the FRITZ & MACZIOL Industrial Applications and Services division noted, "CEMEX takes over the role of a trailblazer. At present many firms operating in the raw material sector are thinking about to standardise their global operations and logistic processes by using a template based solution in order to replace their older and often isolated systems". He sees the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies as a reason for this development, as they can be used to simplify the automation of logistic processes within different plants. He further stated that „a template based rollout reduces time, effort and costs on the customers side and as such secures a fast Return-on-Investment (RoI)“...read more...
Key project for small and medium-sized businesses
PHOENIX Cement Works: VAS in the heart of Westphalia
May 06, 2013. The PHOENIX Cement Works Krogbeumker GmbH & Co. KG, a long-established company within the Westphalian cement industry, has decided to introduce the VAS IT logistics system by
FRITZ & MACZIOL. "Until now, we have had to manage the processes manually and on paper", said PHOENIX Plant Manager Kai Wagner in explanation of the company's reorientation. "With the aid of the VAS IT logistics system, the processes within the cement works are now to be automated gradually, and unmanned loading implemented across the plant". The next step will be the integration into a modern ERP system, which would replace the pre-existing solution. In addition, the processes of sack handling and material deliveries are to be integrated into the VAS IT logistics system. "The high flexibility and the possibility of stepwise optimisation of our business processes were major criteria for deciding on FRITZ & MACZIOL. In addition, the VAS IT logistics system has already proven its practicability", explained Kai Wagner ...read more...
FRITZ & MACZIOL expands its VAS position in the Near East
VAS Template successfully implemented at Lafarge Emirates Cement
15 April 2013- FRITZ & MACZIOL has now reached another important milestone in the rollout of the logistics system VAS at Lafarge MENA. With the final acceptance in the Lafarge Emirates cement plant, another key project has started operation in the Near East. Overall, seven cement plants belonging to various companies are now working in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Syria with the logistics solution from FRITZ & MACZIOL. The launch was realised in the shortest time using a template, which has been specially modified to Lafarge's processes....read more...
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Industrial Applications & Services expands team at FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia
VAS is in great demand in the Asian cement industry
Ulm, 25 March 2013. After FRITZ & MACZIOL was awarded the order to implement VAS, the logistics solution for the cement and bulk goods industry, in five HOLCIM Philippines plants last summer, another order has been received in Indonesia. VAS is to be introduced at the newly constructed HOLCIM plant Tuban this year. Further orders in Indonesia, Thailand and also in Myanmar – previously Burma, which only opened up economically in 2011 – are on the horizon. Because of this strong demand, the Industrial Applications & Services Division has now decided to set up a separate team at FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia in Manila. Initially with two developers and a technical sales employee, customers in future will be looked after directly on site. In addition, the employees in Manila can also provide 24-hour support for European VAS users. "Because of the construction boom, a large number of new plant are currently being built in Asia on 'green field sites'. From the very start, the processes here are designed such that with IT support they can be automated as much as possible. Of course, VAS offers the ideal support here," explains Markus Lanz, Vice President of the Industrial Applications & Services Division at FRITZ & MACZIOL excitedly ...read more...
Further VAS 5 commissioning in Russia
11/26/2012 - FRITZ & MACZIOL teamwork with Holcim (Russia)
With the successful placement of the VAS logistics solution in two cement plants belonging to Holcim (Russia), FRITZ & MACZIOL has now been able to further build up its position in the Russian market. The VAS system already started operations in the Holcim plant in Volsk in summer 2012. Now the Shurovskyi plant at the Kolomna location is following. Russia is implementing real time monitoring in VAS 5 Holcim through which truck routes can be transparently traced through the various stations. "In this way Holcim is now in a position to optimally use the capacities of the logistics infrastructure – such as loading ramps -, control material flows better and automate relevant shipping processes," emphasised Johann Gastgeber, the project manager responsible at FRITZ & MACZIOL.
The extreme temperatures were a particular challenge for the technology used. Temperatures can fall to -40 degrees centigrade in winter. Therefore FRITZ & MACZIOL had to install terminals and processors that can also work under these conditions at all workplaces used outside. Both VAS installations are also connected to the central SAP system in Madrid, through which all orders are administered. On site VAS has taken over the processing of deliveries, shipping and printing the associated documents, such as delivery notes, and transmits all the data to the central system again in the end. "An important argument in favour of our solution was also the extensive evaluation possibilities. Thus, Holcim (Russia) will not only be in a position to exactly trace the utilisation of the individual logistics stations, but will also be able to prepare differentiated material statistics. So that, for example, seasonal trends in the sales of the various bulk materials can be identified promptly and be taken into account," said Johan Gastgeber, describing the benefits of shipping automation ...read more...
FRITZ & MACZIOL celebrates its Silver Jubilee
Quality promise as motor for growth
Ulm, 26th November 2012. FRITZ & MACZIOL started its business operations on 27th November 1987 with 17 employees. Heribert Fritz, together with co-founder Eberhard Macziol, summarised the basic idea behind the company: “First and foremost, we wanted to provide a comprehensive service to mid-sized companies in everything to do with IT (at that time still EDP) with a team of well-trained individuals. The ability to offer our customers hardware, software and services from a single source at that time was revolutionary”. Using this new business concept and IBM as a strong manufacturing partner, the foundation was laid for a successful future. The group of companies today has had steady positive development over the years and has now grown to a total staff of more than 1,000 as of 2012. The two clients who were on-board from the very start – the District Administration in Neu-Ulm and the company Schwenk Cement – have remained true to FRITZ & MACZIOL up to the present day.
FRITZ & MACZIOL gradually and strategically extended their portfolio– always with the customers’ needs in mind – with other manufacturing partners (Microsoft, SAP, Cisco and EMC) and solutions. But it is not enough just to cover the broad topics of information technology alone! In this respect Eberhard Macziol states: “We always put quality before quantity. For this reason, since our conception we have investedmost inour greatest single asset: Ouremployees. Withtheirknow-how,wedevelopinnovative IT-solutionsand are able to provide trend-settingadviceandimplementation”.In this way, the firsttenyears after the enterprise was foundedwere devoted largely to the process of building up the company. Whereas the FRITZ&MACZIOL Softwareand Computer SalesGmbHconcentratedon creating a solidcustomer basisin the south of Germanyand in particularonmedium-sizedandselected large customers, the affiliated companyINFOMASoftwareConsulting GmbH(founded in 1988) was able to convince the first local governments and communities early onin the north of Germany about itsfinancial software solutions. At the end of the 90's, FRITZ&MACZIOL also began to expand its activities beyond Ulm- into AustriaandSwitzerland...read more...
+ 25 = 1,000: Just in time for the forthcoming anniversary
11/08/2012 - FRITZ & MACZIOL reaches milestone of 1,000 employees
The FRITZ & MACZIOL group appointed 25 new people at the start of October alone and, thus, has finally reached the milestone of
1,000 employees. This figure fits perfectly with the forthcoming 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated at the end of November with an internal event for all employees (more information to follow
in mid-November). “A happy incident, which must be a good omen for our continued growth. So far this year we are absolutely on schedule” – reflects Heribert Fritz – Managing Director of FRITZ &
MACZIOL - happily. The company is also growing in terms of office space. With the acquisition of an office building directly opposite the main building in Ulm, which had become available by chance,
1,200 additional square metres are now available. It provides space for around 80 employees. “The expansion at the Ulm site was needed to resolve the lack of space, which will also be used to enlarge
the training programmes offered in Ulm.” The leap into the four-figure employee bracket also represents a confirmation of FRITZ & MACZIOL as an employer, as far as James Johnson, manager of human
resources, is concerned. “The growth shows that our appeal as an employer has not diminished. And this despite the increasing shortage of qualified staff, which is especially affecting the IT
industry.” At the start of 2012, the FRITZ & MACZIOL group employed around 900 people.
FRITZ & MACZIOL's concept of the “workplace of the future” has also been applied to the new office building. The use of modern technologies played a significant role. The rooms are now equipped with the latest technology. In addition to WLAN, VoIP telephones and new energy-efficient computers, the data connection to the servers in the main building, for example, uses fibre optic cables with a high data throughput and low latency. The conference room has a 360-degree camera, which means that all participants can be in the shot for a web conference.
First-class Business Tuning: Template Optimizes International Business Processes
04/18/2012 - VAS®convinces Dyckerhoff F
Following the successful startup in their cement plants Esch (LUX) and Göllheim (DE), Dyckerhoff AG, a company rich in tradition, has now commenced with the international rollout of FRITZ & MACZIOL's logistics solution VAS®. The new system is currently being implemented on the basis of a template in a further cement plant in Germany, as well as at the plants in the Ukraine. In several workshops, the different requirements of the plant's processes were analyzed and redefined. The template rollout is now being launched at all sites on the basis of these newly optimized and harmonized logistics processes. This is especially essential for the value flows between VAS® and Dyckerhoff AG's central SAP® system. Since 2004, Dyckerhoff AG has belonged to the Italian Buzzi Unicem Group. "We conduct a major part of the logistic procresses using SAP®. A significant criterionin selecting the new solution was the approved and easy interconnectionto the SAP® Sales and Distribution module. In the furture, we moreover want to map incoming raw materials by integrating VAS® in SAP® Materials Management, " says Dyckerhoff AG's CIO, Wolfgang Peseke, an important reason for deciding in favor of VAS® . For Dyckerhoff, the guaranteed software maintenance and corresponding service provided by FRITZ & MACZIOL were further fundamental decision criteria. The required round-the-clock service is thus ensurd 365 days a year. read more...
FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia supports HOLCIM Philippines to further improve their logistics processes
07/02/2012 - Industrial Applications & Services and FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia succesful with VAS®
FRITZ & MACZIOL Asia, Inc. in Manila was recently awarded with the implementation of FRITZ & MACZIOL’s dispatch and logistics solution VAS® in all four HOLCIM cement plants and in one Terminal in the Philippines. With this project, HOLCIM Philippines, the leading cement company in the Philippines, makes another significant step in the journey of continuous improvement of business operations through automation and integration. “With automated truck weighing process, we will be able to spend more time in value-adding processes and spend more time with our customers and business partners,” said HOLCIM Philippines Logistics Head Rey Cervera. The VAS® solution delivers seamless integration of logistical processes and their respective data with HOLCIM’s core IT system. This will lead to increased stability, reliability and efficiency of daily business operations in the logistics area of the plants. Furthermore will the improved integration and automation enable the logistics personnel of HOLCIM Philippines to spend less time with IT and focus on continuously monitoring business critical Health and Safety regulations.
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