How K3 are supporting Direct Adhesives growing business needs

Direct Adhesives is a leading distributor working as the UK’s premium partner for German-based Henkel Adhesives.

Direct Adhesives stock over 150 Henkel brands at their Leighton Buzzard site. These include Technomelt Hotmelt adhesives and Aquence water based adhesives. In addition, the company is a manufacturer in its own right, having acquired a maker of water-based adhesives in 2001.

Based in Coventry, the business produces wood and latex adhesives as well as water-based pressure sensitive acrylics. Typical applications for these products include case and carton sealing, woodworking, bookbinding, envelopes, tapes and labels.

Project background:
Direct Adhesives approached K3 for help when it was looking to upgrade its previous Sage System to a solution that was more
suited to a business of its size. The company has been a user of Sage ERP products for many years and had always found them to support the business operation well. It was becoming increasingly clear that the company was outgrowing its previous Sage Line 500 software. In particular, the company’s expanding manufacturing operations demanded tools that were designed specifically for this purpose. At the same time, the company was undergoing an overhaul of its hardware, so considered it the perfect opportunity to upgrade.

Direct Adhesives requirements:

A central requirement for Direct Adhesives was that any new solution needed to have a strong manufacturing module in order to handle the business’s core activities. In particular, the company needed to have a solution that was capable of storing essential formulas and providing key information.

They also needed to be able to obtain accurate costings for bills of material and note if there was any special instructions or requirements in place for certain job capabilities it had lacked in the past. The bill of materials works essentially as the ‘recipe’ for Direct Adhesives’manufacturingprocesses, so having everything needed in one place was a core requirement.

Download the full case study to find out more about the solution provided by K3 as well as the business benefits and final outcome.

“K3 have been a great partner. During the implementation, they were good at talking me through what was needed and how it would work. And if we need help with anything, we can just ring them up and they’ll get it sorted quickly. They know their stuff.”

Direct Adhesives