Case Study: Acket Drukkerij Kartonnage BV
Founded in 1884, Acket Drukkerij Kartonnage BV is one of the oldest companies in the Dutch folding carton industry. They produce a wide variety of folding cartons, with the majority of their production supplying the food industry in the Benelux. The Benelux Union is a politico-economic union of three neighbouring states in central-western Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
For the broad range of packaging they produce, Acket employs state-of-the-art technologies throughout their entire workflow, from initial product development to CTP to actual production with offset printing and complete in-house finishing.
From the beginning, Acket has engaged in stringent quality control measures for all its production lines, all the while adhering to thorough health and safety certifications both for their people and the environment. They are certified for ISO 9001:2000, ISO14001, BRC IoP and OHSAS 18001.
With their established reputation for quality, flexibility and service, Acket holds a major position in the fresh and chilled food markets, with a strong focus on both retail brands and private labels.
In 2009, the company achieved the renowned “Hofleverancier” status, designated purveyor to the royal household by appointment of H.M. the Queen.
Photo courtesy of Hans van der Poel
PrintVis coordinated the following Q&A with company director Tom Acket via Rainbow Solutions, our Partner in the Netherlands.
PrintVis: It’s quite impressive that Acket has been in business for over 130 years. What challenges did your company face that influenced you to look for a new software solution?
As a progressive company focused on continuity, Acket wants to stay connected to universal software developments, and our old graphical administrative system did not fulfill this wish. So we went in search of a universal system where we could achieve this perspective.
The Search for a Solution
PrintVis: What criteria did you have in mind for a solution?
The world is constantly changing and our company continues to develop, too. So for us it is a must that the system we use continually develops, while keeping on top of other new technologies, software solutions and communication capabilities.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a universally-proven platform – and therefore has a huge global support with great innovative strength. Dynamics NAV sets the trends instead of following them.
Were there any solutions you considered but rejected?
Microsoft Dynamics NAV was selected after an extensive process in which both vertical (industry-specific) solutions are compared to other horizontal (ERP) solutions.
Rainbow Solutions is the PrintVis Partner for the printing and packaging market in the Netherlands and Belgium. Rainbow also focuses its activities on crossovers such as fulfillment, communications and logistic businesses.
For Dutch and Belgian companies whose business opportunities extend beyond the realm of print, there is a need for standard ERP along with print-specific MIS. Entrepreneurs with vision especially appreciate the worldwide support, flexibility and long-term continuity of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the integrated PrintVis solution.