Tinplate Products has selected SAP Business One from LAKE to streamline its order processing and production processes. SAP Business One was chosen for its excellent fit as a solution for a growing manufacturing business. LAKE were chosen for their understanding, attention to detail and for the quality of the relationship.
Tinplate had outgrown their combination of Sage and Excel spreadsheets. Emma Hanson, Managing Director, explains:
"Tinplate has evolved as a business, growing as much as 20% year on year. With growth has come complexity, and our processes have been getting more and more complicated to manage. We achieved a lot using Excel but there are inherent inefficiencies in that approach. It had got to the point where it was consuming too much resource and could limit our ambitions to continue growing the business."
The selection of a new ERP system was managed by an external consultant and following an extensive review of options LAKE were chosen from a shortlist of three potential suppliers. Trust and relationships were important factors in their choice of system, as Emma further explains:
“We are a small company without big IT resources, and for us system change is a leap of faith. We invest a lot of trust in our suppliers, so the relationship was a key factor in our choice of system.
"Our relationship with LAKE was good right from our first meeting. They demonstrated attention to detail and took time to really understand our business. LAKE gave us confidence that whatever concerns we had, a solution would be found.
"Our experience of working with Ed and the team has confirmed that we made the right choice. They have put time and dedication into the project. It seems that whatever I want out of SAP Business One, LAKE delivers it. We are very, very grateful to have LAKE looking after us."
Ed Bentley, General Manager for ERP Solutions at LAKE, is proud of what's been delivered:
"Using SAP Business One, along with the Boyum B1 Usability Package, we have delivered a great solution for Tinplate Products by listening carefully to the team's objectives and ambitions - such as automating business process and improving reporting. Key highlights of the solution include automation of Tinplate's supply chain processes, improved batch traceability, and real-time reports and dashboards covering production planning, labour performance, financial management, and sales analysis."
Tinplate is one of the UK's most trusted tin packaging manufacturers, working with a wide array of clients including Pukka Herbs and Whittard of Chelsea.
Tinplate in their own words
We're a family business with almost four decades of experience creating bespoke, world-class tin products. We've worked with amazing clients and products in just about every industry and sector you care to name. In fact, there's a very good chance you've already held one of our products in your hands - you just didn't realise we made it.
We produce innovative, creative and award-winning packaging - but just as importantly, delivering on time and to the highest possible standards. We love taking on new challenges in order to test our experience and technical expertise, so we can stay at the forefront of the industry.