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Indian Rayon receives SAP ACE 2007 award

Indian Rayon, the viscose filament yarn (VFY), caustic soda and chlorine manufacturing unit of Aditya Birla Nuvo, an Aditya Birla Group company, won the prestigious SAP ACE 2007 award. The award honours best run businesses that set global benchmarks in excellence. The award came in recognition of Indian Rayon's excellent implementation of SAP in its Veraval plants and 14 sales offices and depots. Among the 38 winners from various categories, Indian Rayon won the award in chemicals sector. It was the first Aditya Birla Group company to receive this award from SAP India, a subsidiary of SAP AG-Germany - world's leading ERP solutions provider for customer excellence.

The award was received by Mr. D P Modani, Jt President (F&C) and Mr. H Krishnan, Asst.VP (IT) from Dr.Henning Kagermann, CEO-SAP, AG, at New Delhi on 27 August 2007.

The SAP success story at Indian Rayon
The SAP implementation project at Indian Rayon's viscose filament yarn and chlor-alkali plants was launched in October 2005 and the implementation went live in April 2006. It covered finance, controlling, sales and distribution, materials, quality, production and maintenance modules of SAP at Veraval and 14 sales offices and depots. Subsequently, the division has implemented Business Intelligence Warehouse (SAP BW) in January 2007. Besides covering usual features, the division has to its credit implementation of special features like profit center accounting, funds management, budgetary control, segment profitability under CO-PA module etc., some of which are for the first time in the Aditya Birla Group.

The implementation at Indian Rayon was a complex process due to its vast range of filament yarn products (13,000 product codes), highly integrated multi-stage processing in series of value-adding activities and captive plants for manufacture of various input chemicals and utilities. But the dedicated and comprehensive implementation team, along with PWC, its implementation partner, made it possible within six months. It created 170 cost centres and 37 profit centres in SAP. The division also adopted UNSPSC coding (United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes) for materials, which enabled scientific classification of all kinds of materials, particularly maintenance spares and consumables.

Single access to SAP enables information to be drilled down across the cost centres as well as viewed across the business segments. The single database permits information to be extracted for any cost centre or profit centre while enabling easy solution for management review and actions.

The press release issued by SAP India, "A core implementation in the chemicals industry that is yielding rich returns across several operating parameters.." sums up Indian Rayon's SAP implementation excellence.