Within 10 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION France has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of operational TMS in the market across Europe.
Paris, October 2015, “In 2005, when we decided to establish a branch and to open an office in France TMS solutions were not yet widespread here. At KRATZER AUTOMATION, we always had a focus on major customers and from this we then developed a TMS which is essentially dedicated to companies within the 3 or 4 PL arena that manage approx. 100 to 1000 vehicles. Over the first years, this strategy has proven an efficient way forward. We have been now been recognized for several years as part of the TMS environment. The contracts concluded with i.e. Eurotranspharma, Schenker and Gefco are a proof of that. Last year, our operation in France was responsible for 20% of the entire turnover of the group. This success is also one of the reasons why we intend to pursue a growth strategy by strengthening our team and by continuing to improve our product development. To be able to have space to welcome new members of staff we moved in 2015 to larger premises”, comments Jacques Trépant, CEO KRATZER AUTOMATION France.
Our team in France has increased.
Samuel Denaes was promoted to Head of Product Management. From now on, he is responsible for the development of the entire cadis range of solutions. After studying at the French Institute of Advanced Mechanics (IFMA) he completed his education in Germany as research assistant at the Technical University in Munich. After that, he worked for 10 years at the company Transver Gmbh where he was responsible for the management of intelligent transport systems before he started to work at KRATZER AUTOMATION in 2010. At KRATZER AUTOMATION he managed the Gefco project (rolled out in 17 countries so far) and then became cadis product manager with the responsibility for marketing strategy and organization.
“I feel particularly honored to be responsible for the future definition and strategic direction of our Transport Management System. During the last two years, KRATZER AUTOMATION has invested significantly in its technical platform. This will allow us to simplify the management of the solution and consolidate the server infrastructure. In addition, we have explored the security issues due to the introduction of the use of cadisAPP using the Android operating system. We offer our customers innovative solutions for dispatching which includes both the planning and tracking of shipments.” says Samuel Denaes.
In France, Morgan Brouard became Manager of French customer projects within the Logistics Automation business division. Morgan Brouard has been working at KRATZER AUTOMATION since 2007. In the past he was responsible for the support of all projects i.e. at Ciblex (2300 routes), at XPO Logistics (former Norbert Dentressangle), at Schenker France (2500 routes) and at bpost (6000 routes) and for the development of internal projects i.e. cadisAPP the mobile application within cadis which is deployed using the Android operating system. Before he started to work at KRATZER AUTOMATION, Morgan Brouard worked for four years for Xpedite Systems as IT Project manager. He graduated with a degree in IT (DESS). Many years of experience in major TMS projects make him the ideal choice for this position.
“The conclusion of the contract with Eurotranspharma at the end of the year confirms that our solution and services are well suited to this market. Particularly worthwhile mentioning are, on the one hand, the new functions for the planning which have been integrated in the software this year – Rules Engine and Route optimization – can manage the complete delivery processes. All in one system: Our customers require only one tool for the planning, execution and analysis of all operational processes for the transportation of goods. On the other hand, it also confirms that cadis can be quickly installed and can be easily adapted to the specific requirements of our different customers. We can thus ensure a smooth introduction and acceptance of the tool by users and also guarantee a rapid and efficient investment return. The ability of KRATZER AUTOMATION to offer a comprehensive and turnkey solution make it possible to ensure high availability of the solution.” adds Morgan Brouard.
KRATZER AUTOMATION France has recently moved to new premises in order to create the required space and technical working arrangements for the new members of staff. However the company still remains in the Courtabœuf industrial area (in the departement Essonne) which is now linked with the Paris Saclay research and development landscape.
About KRATZER AUTOMATION
KRATZER AUTOMATION AG was founded in 1980 by Gerhard Kratzer and Paul Balz as Gerhard Kratzer GmbH, Automatisierungstechnik München. From the outset the company focused on creating industrial, process-related software, in the founder years, for example, for the operations control centre of Ruhrgas AG. The automation of engine test beds at SHELL and BMW Motorsport was soon to follow. The company supports the ADAC in optimising its breakdown service fleet through the use of mobile data communications. In the early 1990s, KRATZER AUTOMATION was transformed from a pure software company into a general contractor offering an end-to-end service. KRATZER AUTOMATION offers tailored solutions from the consultancy through the implementation and maintenance right up to financing. In 1999 the company was converted into a 'family stock corporation' in which the employees, management staff and founder families all have a shareholding. In 2013 Gerhard Kratzer transferred to the position of CEO to Robert Rubner and has since concentrated on the duties as CFO. Detlef Naundorf becomes a member of the Executive Board, increasing the board to now three members. In July 2015 Sibylle Pessall was appointed CIO and Andreas Pötz as CFO to the Executive Board with Gerhard Kratzer continuing to act as consultant.
For more than 30 years the software company KRATZER AUTOMATION has been supplying process-related solutions to the international automotive industry and the transport sector in Europe.
In the Test Systems business unit, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans and produces test systems for automotive development, predominantly for engines, turbochargers, gearboxes and other powertrain components. A major focus here is on test systems for energy-saving and eco-friendly drive concepts, with a particular concentration on the demands of hybrid or electric drives, battery and fuel cell technology.
With cadis, the operational TMS, KRATZER AUTOMATION's Logistics Automation business unit offers a transport management system for the planning, execution and analysis of all operative work processes for freight transport. Consignment tracking and optimisation of the processes in modern logistics companies are the central themes here.
About KRATZER AUTOMATION:
KRATZER AUTOMATION currently has a staff of approx. 300 employees at the sites in Munich, Stuttgart, Kassel and Wolfsburg. The company is internationally engaged with corporations in France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and China. Among the customers of KRATZER AUTOMATION are companies such as: BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford, MAN, Porsche, Umicore, VOLVO and VW (Test Systems), bpost, Geodis, DB Schenker, GEFCO, IDS Logistik, Norbert Dentressangle, John Lewis, Österreichische Post AG (Logistics Automation) Rhenus Logistics and the Geis Group.
For 35 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION AG has been attaching importance to financial independence and long-standing relations with employees, customers and suppliers.
The company meets its social responsibility in a variety of ways. Support for local and supra-regional youth development projects, and the offer of an art award for artists with mental disability round out the company's social commitment.
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