Haarlem, the Netherlands (August 31, 2012) – Sapa, world leader in aluminum solutions, has selected the quantitative consulting company CQM and AIMMS optimization technology to develop and optimize their pan-European metal planning and billet allocation process.

Based on the market requirements and contract specifications, hundreds of different aluminum products are produced in one of Sapa’s 20 European factories. The aluminum billets required for this production are either produced by Sapa internally or sourced externally.

At Sapa, the future metal planning application will support the planner with optimization of the internal and external billet allocation taking into account the forecasted market requirements, various cost factors of transportation and billet pricing, restrictions on contracts and spreading of risks.

Specialists of CQM and Sapa will be working closely together to develop a tailor-made metal planning model and user interface in AIMMS. This will enable experts of Sapa to fully understand the dynamics of the model and planning results. Further, they will be trained to make changes to the input and the AIMMS user interface.

Peter den Dikken, Sapa’s Global Director Strategic Sourcing explains, “An integrated holistic approach of our global sourcing process will lead to significant cost savings. With CQM and AIMMS I am convinced we will be making better decisions in the near future giving us an additional competitive edge.”

“I am pleased to see that Sapa is paying more attention to optimization with the goal to get the most value out of their assets. An integrated and optimized approach to their production and logistics allocation process will improve the quality of their decisions to allocated which plants needs to produce or buy which products required for other plants.” says Christophe Frère, VP EMEA of Paragon Decision Technology, the developers of AIMMS.

Arjen Vestjens, Partner at CQM, says: “Only with tailored optimization solutions you can get the most value out of your operations. The metal planning application will be a uniquely modeled for the Sapa billet allocation process. We have selected AIMMS for its powerful optimization capabilities and the AIMMS flexible graphical user interface. Our solutions help decision makers to make best decisions and understand the business dynamics behind every decision.”

About SAPA

Sapa is the largest aluminium profiles producer in the world. The Sapa Group develops, manufactures and markets value-added profiles, profile-based building systems and heat exchanger solutions in the light-weight material aluminium. Sapa is divided in the business areas Sapa Profiles, Sapa Building System and Sapa Heat Transfer and is represented in Europe, North America and Asia. The business concept is built on close cooperation with customers. Sapa is the leading company in its field of operation and have customers in the building, transport, engineering, telecom and home and office industry. The Sapa Group has combined net sales of 35,700 MSEK and aprox 14,500 employees. Sapa is part of Norwegian Orkla ASA.

Media contact: Erika Ahlqvist

Email: erika.ahlqvist@sapagroup.com

Tel: +46 8 459 5900

Website: www.sapagroup.com

About CQM

CQM (Consultants in Quantitative Methods) is a consultancy agency specialized in optimizing planning and logistics and improving product and process innovation. For more than 30 years CQM helps organizations make complex processes transparent. Using quantitative methods (statistical and mathematical optimization), CQM creates a framework to analyze processes and make decisions based on facts. CQM employs over 30 consultants, working for a variety of reputable businesses, such as Heineken, DHL, Philips, ProRail, Post NL, Shell, Sara Lee, Dorel, ASML and Den Hartogh.

Media contact: Karlijn Creemers

Email: creemers@cqm.nl

Tel: +31 (0)40 750 16 93

About Paragon Decision Technology

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

Media contact: Tanya van Kirk

Email: tanya.van.kirk@aimms.com

Tel: +31 (0)23 5 511 512
Website: www.aimms.com