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Gates Europe Completes Implementation of the Arkieva Supply Chain Software

June 9, 2015
By Business Wire News


Arkieva (, the designer and provider of the Arkieva suite of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) software tools for manufacturing companies, announced today the successful implementation of the Arkieva software solution for Gates Europe.

Gates Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of power transmission belts, and a premier global manufacturer of fluid power products. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Gates employs over 14,000 people across 106 locations in 30 countries. In Europe, Gates employs over 3,000 people in its production facilities, sales offices and distribution centers. The European headquarter is located in Erembodegem, Belgium.

Until recently, the S&OP process was supported by a number of stand-alone applications and Excel spreadsheets. With the increasing complexity of the business and lack of integration between the tools, a new approach was required.

To further streamline and integrate the S&OP process Gates decided to work with Solventure, Arkieva’s channel partner in Europe, to implement an integrated S&OP tool for forecasting, demand planning, inventory optimization, supply planning, executive reporting, transactional data reporting and performance tracking.

“During the selection and the implementation process we’ve seen a very good fit between our functional requirements, the Arkieva software and the approach of the Solventure team,” said Thierry Van Heesvelde, sales and operations planning process manager at Gates Europe. “We have experienced an astonishingly high level of customer service that the Solventure team established day-by-day. This resulted in a short eight month implementation time, for the entire S&OP process. The Arkieva project serves as a best-practice project for other strategic change projects within Gates Europe.”

Currently the Arkieva supply chain suite has been rolled out to all 7 plants and 4 distribution centers in Europe. With over 100 active users, the Arkieva S&OP solution has been widely adopted within the company.

“The implementation of Arkieva has taken the S&OP process at Gates to the next level of maturity,” said Van Heesvelde. “The efficiency of the demand planning process has seriously improved. Our whole sales organization is now using the collaborative forecasting at various levels.”

“We are excited to work with Gates, and to be able to help them succeed through better supply chain planning,” said Sujit Singh, chief operating officer of Arkieva. ”We truly believe a company can gain a significant competitive advantage, by better balancing through responsive integration of demand, inventory, supply and S&OP. “

About Gates Corporation

Gates Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of power transmission belts and a premier global manufacturer of fluid power products. Our highly engineered products are critical components used in diverse industrial and automotive applications where the cost of failure is very high relative to the cost of our products. We provide a differentiated value proposition to our customers by offering a complete portfolio of premium product and service solutions for both replacement and first-fit applications across our targeted end markets, which encompass process and specialty, construction, agriculture, energy, transportation, and automotive. We sell our products globally under the Gates brand, which is recognized by distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and installers as the premium brand for quality and technological innovation, a reputation which we have built for over a century since our founding in 1911.

As an engineering leader with a strong foundation in research and development, Gates is committed to advancing the science of motion performance by developing safe, forward-thinking products, services, systems, and solutions, as well as fostering long-term customer and employee relationships.

About Solventure

Solventure turns your supply chain into a competitive advantage and engages in long-term improvement projects. Solventure adds value by providing actionable insights through a unique combination of tools and expert resources. The Arkieva software selected and distributed by Solventure is user friendly, scalable, and proven in optimization and quantitative techniques. Solventure is Arkieva’s channel partner in Europe. For more information please visit

About Arkieva Supply Chain Software

Arkieva, founded in 1993, is the developer of Arkieva software solutions for global manufacturing supply chains. With headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and offices in Antwerp, Belgium, and, Mangalore, India Arkieva is positioned to support multinational businesses around the world. Arkieva products enhance productivity and reduce operating costs in the supply chain, providing the full range of features necessary for effective Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Such major corporations as Datwyler, Linxens, Momentive, INVISTA, Sunsweet Growers, and Cardone use Arkieva solutions. For more information, visit

Laurie Jacobs, 302-861-2010