News: Sustainability through optimization at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints

Optimizing Throughput and Delivery Performance

December 14, 2012 - AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, the world's leading decorative paint company, has selected Quintiq as its partner for Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) software. The Quintiq APS solution will be used to schedule the large range of production batches for various decorative paint factories with highly complex production. Quintiq will provide support for the scheduling of the manufacturing mixing processes and the filling and packaging lines of finished cans in each factory.

The aim of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints is to optimize the throughput of paint in its factories and improve its delivery performance. At the same time, AkzoNobel will be using Quintiq's Scheduler to reduce the inventories in its factories in Stowmarket and Ashington, the Greenfield plant in the United Kingdom, and Pilawa in Poland.

AkzoNobel's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP SAP) will provide the planning team with order processing, whereas Quintiq's Scheduler will create detailed sequences for each dispersing, mixing and filling operation during the paint production process. With the right operational sequence, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints aims to increase productivity in its factories, reduce lost times and cleaning times, as well as decrease the usage of cleaning liquids in alignment with the company's environmental sustainability values.

The Quintiq team demonstrated the capabilities of its detailed Scheduler in two ways during the decision-making process. A functional Proof of Concept was presented at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints' plant in Poland. Both the functional and optimization Proof of Concept were demonstrated to the team in the United Kingdom.

Sustainability through optimization at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints > Peter Lidstone > Dassault Systèmes®
Peter Lidstone

"Both the functional and the optimization Proof of Concepts went very smoothly and as a result convinced us to work with Quintiq for our scheduling processes," said Peter Lidstone, European Supply Chain Director at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints. "It showed us exactly what we needed -- that Quintiq could help us optimize our throughput and delivery performance."

Past, Present, Future 

In 2010, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings chose Quintiq to manage the scheduling of its seven sites around Europe. The seven plants formed parts of a whole supply unit as if operating from a single site, in which each site would carry out a particular type of powder coating production. Today, all seven sites operate with the support of the Quintiq Scheduler, and have the capability of immediately reacting to any changes in market demands.

"Of course, the positive business relationship between AkzoNobel Powder Coatings and Quintiq, as well as the hard work put in by Quintiq for the previous project, influenced our decision," said Peter Lidstone.

Francois Eijgelshoven

Francois Eijgelshoven, Business Unit Director at Quintiq, added, "After the implementation of the Quintiq Scheduler at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings this year, we are very pleased to add a second Business Unit of AkzoNobel to our customer base. We hope to be of support to more AkzoNobel business units in the near future."

About AkzoNobel 

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. They supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for their customers. Their portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, Interpon, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is a Global Fortune 500 company and is consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, AkzoNobel's 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today?.

AkzoNobel Decorative Paints is world's leading decorative paint company. Decorative Paints business supplies a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for both the professional and do-it-yourself markets, including paints, lacquers and varnishes, as well as products for surface preparation (pre-deco products). They also supply building adhesives and floor leveling compounds, and offer services such as advice and training courses for applicators, as well as interior design and paint application. Their extensive product range is marketed under international and local brand names includingDulux®Glidden®Sikkens®Levis®Flexa®Sico®Hammerite®, and Schönox®. For further information, please visit

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.