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Geminite Cement Industries to implement Infor ERP solution

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Infor, the industry cloud company, has announced that Geminite Cement Industries LLC, one of the Middle East’s leading players in building materials production and distribution, will implement a powerful cloud-based, industry-focused, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution from Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise. Geminite is part of the Gemini Group and is building the first fibre cement boards production plant in the UAE. The company chose Infor CloudSuite to empower its digital path and optimise delivery against a surging demand for cement boards across the region. The UAE construction market is expected to reach a value of US$133.53 billion by 2026, according to research from Mordor Intelligence.

Khalifa Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi (KIZAD)-based Geminite Cement Industries is the manufacturing arm of Gemini Building Materials (GBM). The company is one of the largest stockers and importers of building materials like gypsum plasterboards, false ceilings, drywall metals, and more, in the region, with a portfolio of renown global brands, such as Knauf, Gyproc, and Saint-Gobain products. The company is in the final stages of commissioning its state-of-the-art process-based fibre cement boards facility, which is expected to commence production during the next two to three months.

P.N. Venkateswaran, Geminite’s project director, noted: “Geminite’s senior management is convinced that the cloud-based system enables our vision of paperless office, production and automation across the entire plant, from planning to invoicing, as the best way to support its lean plant from day one of going into production.”

By implementing the multi-tenant Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise, running on Infor OS powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Geminite is aiming to automate and integrate its production control systems and plant maintenance solutions, removing the need for manual data entry. Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise’s ability to capture data from across the business will enable management and operation teams to create production costing reports, giving a 360-degree view of the business, while raising efficiency across departments with a paperless, process-based approach.

The modern manufacturing ERP solution will help Geminite boost its efficiency, increase visibility across the business, and provide the agility to expand capacity as needed to cater to the region’s fast-growing demand for gypsum boards.

Geminite selected Infor after a rigorous process that included detailed workshops and demonstrations of the solution, which allowed the company to see the full advantages of Infor’s industry-specific cloud solutions.

Vineesh Babu, Geminite Group’s executive director, said: “By using Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise on AWS Cloud, we will become a smart producer of fibre cement boards, which are more durable, efficient and eco-friendly. Time-consuming processes will be automated, and we will be able to analyse our daily data to raise efficiency and tap new opportunities, helping us to supply the region’s construction industry with high-quality cement boards in a commercial offering. Infor’s team, along with its partner ITWare, came in with huge domain knowledge and experience and a solution fit, which we decided to go ahead with for a very compelling value-add proposition.”

The deployment will start in April 2022 and is expected to go live within five months. ITWare LLC in Dubai, one of Infor’s long-standing ERP channel partners in the region, worked closely with the Infor team during the entire presales cycle and will be leading the implementation.

“This project demonstrates the power of cloud-based ERP software to help specific industries digitally transform. With Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise, Geminite will be well positioned to drive innovation, increase productivity and exceed customers’ expectations while also gaining the agility to upscale rapidly,” said Amel Gardner, Infor VP and GM for Middle East & Africa.

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