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Elemica

September 09, 2011 12:43 ET

Elemica Client Eka Chemicals Earns Top Spot on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators

Significant Savings of Time, Error-Free Touch-Less Orders & Automated Supply Chain Processes Cited for Reasons for Win

EXTON, PA--(Marketwire - Sep 9, 2011) - Elemica, leading provider of supply chain integration and optimization services, announces that its customer, Eka Chemicals, has been named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500 list of Top Technology Innovators for a project Eka implemented using Elemica's TransLink™ and QuickLink™ supply chain solutions. Eka Chemicals, a division of Akzo Nobel, provides high quality chemicals for the global Pulp and Paper market. The company has numerous initiatives for accelerated growth and sustainability that includes improving operational efficiency. This initiative helped Eka Chemicals add to their total sustainability and green supply chain efforts, allowing them to reduce CO2 emissions around 3% per ton of product and total waste down 11% per ton of production.

"We extend enormous congratulations to Eka Chemicals for winning this exclusive honor," said Mike McGuigan, CEO of Elemica. "Our commitment to help companies like Eka Chemicals improve environmental performance and cost savings was clearly realized through this project. Not only did Eka Chemicals gain greater visibilities and efficiencies within their supply chain, but they were also able to lower their carbon footprint and reduce costs. It's a win all around."

"For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "In this day and age, however, being innovative isn't enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year's ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators."

Elemica supplied a closed-loop transportation booking solution that automated transportation planning, execution, and ordering between carriers and Eka Chemicals. Eka Chemicals automated their hauler bookings through the Elemica TransLink™ solution, allowing them to place bookings with haulers and manage the statuses of the shipments. Elemica TransLink™ Solution is part of Elemica's Logistics Management portfolio, which provides shipment visibility across all transport modes and geographic regions, among other functionality.

Elemica's QuickLink™ Connect automated communication with suppliers and customers through a single channel to keep Eka Chemicals efficient while reducing costs and errors. Using QuickLink™, touch-less order processing was enabled, allowing Eka Chemicals to operate a high performance, integrated supply chain. Since January 2011, thousands of orders are placed in this way. The system has helped all parties in the supply chain: Haulers are spending less time, Eka Chemicals has protected their SAP investment, and end customers have a more assured supply of products.

The InformationWeek 500 is an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. The 2011 list was revealed last night at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference taking place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

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About Elemica
Elemica delivers state-of-the-art services in the areas of customer, supplier, sourcing, and logistics management. Elemica's Connect - Transact - Optimize model drives bottom line business results by promoting reduced cost of operations, faster process execution, automation of key business processes, removal of transactional barriers, and seamless information flow between business partners. Elemica was founded in 2000 and today connects more than 3000 companies across multiple industries, processing over $70 billion in annual transactions. Clients include BASF, Continental, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, LANXESS, Rhodia and Shell. http://www.elemica.com

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