bolsius logo Haarlem, The Netherlands (November 18, 2013) – Today, Bolsius, the largest European candle producer, announced that it has embraced AIMMS PRO to optimize their supplychain. AIMMS PRO is an enterprise platform for planning and optimization. The platform allows companies to publish and run custom optimization apps and make these available to planners and decision makers, enabling them to make optimal cost-efficient decisions.

Bolsius has a rich history as a candle manufacturer, boasting a 140-year long track record. The company has over 1.000 employees and exports to more than 50 countries. In the past months, Bolsius has gained experience in working with AIMMS by developing and deploying several optimization applications. One of these applications is in the area of production personnel rostering, another one addresses strategic network design, scenario evaluation and optimization. After a positive hands-on trial period, the experience with AIMMS was such that Bolsius decided to scale up and deploy the AIMMS PRO enterprise app store.

AIMMS PRO will allow Bolsius to transform their operation into a fully integrated, demand driven supply chain. This involves synchronizing their long, medium and short term planning cycles and using each planning cycle to integrate all aspects of their end-to-end supply chain. Bolsius will be equipped to rapidly respond to changes in demand, supply or production, allowing them to choose on the spot between several optimized scenarios. Responses will include for instance, workforce and production planning over different locations. The company’s supply chain management will be much more hands-on, as if it were a single site which is easy to oversee and manage.

“For Bolsius mathematical optimization is a new way to improve service and lower costs. AIMMS helps us in making complex problems transparent and thereby making better decisions,” says Bas Kersten, Supply Chain Manager at Bolsius International.

“By investing in innovation, Bolsius proves again that it helps a company’s long-term success. We are proud to support Bolsius with their supply chain transformation helping them to be more responsive to changes in demand and market circumstances,” says Christophe Frère, Vice President EMEA at AIMMS.

About Bolsius

Bolsius is the leading candle manufacturer in Europe adding colour and fragrance to the home of millions of people. Innovation, concept selling and high service level have been the cornerstone of our success for more than 140 years. Our brands and products can be found in multiple channels such as garden centres, food, drug, variety stores and furniture/ home decoration stores.


AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create high business impact with optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.