ABB delivers US$ 15 million supply chain software solution to link paper mills in Australia and United States

Technology group says Industrial IT architecture key to major software delivery

Zurich, Switzerland, April 26, 2001 – ABB says today it is delivering US$ 15 million in manufacturing execution and supply chain management software to Visy Industries, linking in real time the Australian pulp and paper company’s headquarters, its production lines and corporate offices throughout Australia and the United States.

“This is one of the biggest software deliveries ever to a pulp and paper company,” says Dinesh Paliwal, executive vice president and head of ABB’s process industries division. “We have created a solution that makes this key customer’s ever-increasing amounts of information available across their entire enterprise.”

The software delivery comes close on the heels of a US$ 50 million order for ABB with Visy, of Melbourne, Australia. Paliwal says the earlier order, which included the complete automation, electrification and enterprise asset management services for Visy’s new pulp and paper mill in Tumut, Australia, allowed him and his team at ABB to realize the great potential for information sharing across Visy’s supply chain.

“Visy Industries’ greenfield mill in Tumut will be the world’s most automated mill,” says Ned Colo, deputy CEO & Senior General Manager of Visy Industries. “Using ABB’s technology, both products and software, we can standardize IT for our entire value chain, starting with customer orders, planning and manufacturing, all the way through to execution, shipping and invoicing at each of these locations.”

ABB says deliveries of components, systems and software for Visy mark an important step toward leveraging the full potential of ABB’s Industrial IT concept. The company says Industrial IT, which links products, services, solutions and real-time asset control and business information under a common architecture for fast and easy deployment, helps customers increase competitiveness in the networked world.

ABB (www.abb.com) serves manufacturing, process and consumer industries, utilities, the oil and gas markets, with 160,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

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