Lanner Group, the business process improvement specialist, today announces a new contract with URENCO Limited, the international uranium enrichment firm, to provide an integrated custom designed system, enabling the energy and technology group to plan decades ahead and deliver on long-term commitments.
URENCO is in the process of upgrading its entire SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and technology. The company turned to Lanner Group when it found that it required a more specialist long-term operational and management system that would allow it to model complicated variables such as commodity prices, stock holding and sources of supply.
Lanner Group’s solution is a comprehensive planning application that integrates long-term global operational and logistics planning across URENCO’s facilities in the USA, UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The new software solution will enable URENCO to manage and optimize stock and production, resulting in shorter lead times, balanced workloads, more efficient supply chains, and more effective planning across its facilities. Fundamentally, this system upgrade will ensure that the company’s customer service remains the best in class, and that the URENCO Group remains the ‘supplier of choice’ to the wider nuclear industry.
Lanner Group’s custom Global Planning System (GPS) is based on Microsoft’s .NET Framework, and is specifically designed to incorporate URENCO’s long-term planning needs. Implementation of the project began in November 2010, and the majority of the system will be operational by Spring 2011.
Dominic Kieran, Director, Supply at URENCO says, “The nuclear fuel supply chain requires investment, development and deployment over the course of decades. URENCO, like all companies within the nuclear industry, is subject to many long-term variables and risks. As a global entity with an order book extending beyond 2025, ‘off-the-shelf’ ERP software simply cannot give us that longevity of planning.
“We chose Lanner Group because of its established expertise in the nuclear energy sector and its understanding of our long-term planning needs. Lanner Group’s commitment to a long-term contract to support the tool into the future was also critical to our choice.”
Lanner Group’s CEO, David Jones, comments, “The nuclear industry is unique in the complexity of its supply chains, the length of commitment to customer and supplier relationships, the vast number of variables that can affect operations and its exposure to financial and other risks. It’s vital that firms in the sector have systems in place that enable them to plan and manage their operations to minimize costs, maximize efficiency and plan for future risks many years down the line.”
Lanner Group, Inc. (lanner.com) is the Houston, TX based Americas subsidiary of Lanner Group Ltd, a UK company dedicated to delivering innovative solutions to model, analyze and optimize processes through simulation software enabling business managers to make comprehensive decisions in a risk-free environment. Its client roster includes over 3000 customers including end users HP, 3M, Boeing, Ford, GM, Nissan, and Rolls Royce. In 2010 Lanner Group, Inc. was certified a Top 20% Performer by Open Ratings Inc., a Dun & Bradstreet company based on Past Performance Evaluation responses of its reference customers.
About URENCO Ltd
URENCO (urenco.com) is an independent, global energy and technology group, operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain which ends with the sustainable generation of electricity for consumers around the world. Production is from plants in UK, the Netherlands and Germany utilising URENCO’s own centrifuge technology, as well as the recently established plant in New Mexico, USA. Focus is on providing safe, cost effective and reliable uranium enrichment services for civil power generation within a framework of environmental, social and corporate responsibility. URENCO's goal is to further increase worldwide market share and to become the leading supplier in the extended global enrichment market.