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Industrial Manufacturer with Long Company History Chooses POOL4TOOL

The ZOLLERN Group is a leading supplier in the metal processing industry and with its 300 years of company history, the company is a pioneer of the metal industry. With its headquarters in Laucherthal, Germany, ZOLLERN consists of the five business units: casting and forging technology, drive technology, bearing technology, steel profiles and, engineering components. The company’s core focus lies within the branches of power generation, automotive industry, aviation, naval industry, construction machinery and machine building. ZOLLERN has 3,000 employees working at 22 production facilities around the world.

In order to make their processes in SRM and Sourcing more efficient, ZOLLERN turned to the software vendor POOL4TOOL, which offers an intelligent Procurement Platform to help customers digitize their procurement processes. ZOLLERN wanted the project to focus on simplifying communication with its suppliers and on making category management more efficient.

Bystronic Implements Intelligent Procurement Platform

Bystronic is a world-class manufacturer of high-quality machines and systems for the economical processing of sheet metal and other flat materials. Bystrionic also offers CO2 and fiber laser cutting systems, pressbrakes, water jet systems, automation systems and software solutions. The headquarters are in Niederönz, Switzerland. Two additional development and manufacturing locations are in Gotha (Germany) and Tianjin (China). Bystronic has its own sales and service companies in approximately 30 countries across three continents, as well as being represented by agents in countless other countries. Bystronic has 2,243 employees around the world and achieved 653 million CHF (598 million euros) in revenue in the 2016 fiscal year.

In order to optimize their procurement processes, Bystronic is bringing the software specialists for digital procurement processes on board. The intelligent procurement platform offers mature products that meet the requirements of the manufacturing industry. Bystronic selected modules from the all-in-one tool’s wide range of products that will improve their supplier management and supplier evaluation processes, as well as make their processes in direct and indirect procurement more efficient. 

Diehl Controls Chooses Intelligent Procurement Platform

Diehl Controls is one of the world’s leading specialists in developing and manufacturing electronic modules and system components for the household appliance industry. The company is even the global market leader in power drives up to 1,000 watts. In addition, Diehl Controls produces hardware and software as well as backend solutions for intelligent energy management at home. Around 3,500 employees in total are employed at the company’s sites in Germany, China, Poland, Mexico and the USA. Diehl Controls, known for the Diehl AKO and DIEHL Smart Home brands, is a subgroup of the Diehl Group, a multinational industrial group with its lead company in Nuremberg. Currently, the group has a total of 40 subsidiaries and has approximately of 3.5 billion euros in revenue.

Procurement at Diehl Controls operates within the global procurement markets of the electronics industry, plastics engineering industry, and precision engineering. The company values respectful cooperation with their suppliers. Innovative suppliers are involved early on in order to increase the value-added for both parties.

With the help of the intelligent Procurement Platform, POOL4TOOL, Diehl Controls wants to start digitizing its mature procurement processes and make them more efficient. In Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), the company is taking new steps to provide more detailed ratings of their suppliers and to develop them strategically. With the eAuctions Module, the all-in-one solution will soon help Diehl Controls to speed up the negotiation process and achieve better prices.

Market Leader in Laboratory and Medical Technology Banks On POOL4TOOL

Headquartered in Switzerland, and with over 1,700 employees, the Hamilton Group is one of the leading companies worldwide in medical technology, laboratory automation, sensors, and liquid handling. Hamilton Group stands out in innovation, racing ahead of the competition in all its business areas with new technologies and solutons.

Hamilton now uses POOL4TOOL Supplier Relationship Management to develop suppliers long-term and to simplify and automate existing processes.

Tool Manufacturer GEDORE Chooses Intelligent Procurement Software

GEDORE is partnering with software specialist POOL4TOOL to optimize the company’s global supplier management. The intelligent procurement platform will soon help GEDORE run its international procurement processes more efficiently.

GEDORE is one of the world's leading brands for premium tools. The family company has been manufacturing high-quality tools since 1919. With more than 16,000 products, GEDORE offers one of the widest ranges of any European tool manufacturer. All over the world, GEDORE stands for high quality, innovative strength, high performance and reliability as well as optimum service.

The internationally successful company based in Remscheid employs more than 2,500 people at its five German sites as well as production facilities in Brazil, England, Austria and South Africa. GEDORE is represented in more than 70 countries throughout the world. The GEDORE Group also includes the carolus brand which stands for sound tools offering quality assurance “by GEDORE” and the premium OCHSENKOPF brand – a traditional specialist in excellent forestry tools.

Digital Supplier Registration for Manz AG

Manz AG in Reutlingen, Germany produces and supplies high-tech, cutting-edge equipment around the world, and is a pioneer for innovative products in fast-growing markets. Founded in 1987, the company specializes in six technology sectors: automation, metrology, laser processing, wet chemistry, printing and coating, as well as roll-to-roll processes. Manz AG has approximately 1,800 employees, 750 of which work in Asia. Revenue in the 2016 financial year amounted to EUR 231 million.

The analysis of key figures is one of the core responsibilities of strategic purchasing. Heterogeneous system landscapes and combining data from different departments and locations are obstacles that can stand in the way of significant and reliable reporting in purchasing. At the beginning of 2012, Manz AG chose to address precisely these challenges. The high-tech equipment supplier developed a complex key performance indicator system that is now evaluated using the POOL4TOOL purchasing platform. Manz has simultaneously been working with POOL4TOOL to optimize recurring purchasing processes in tactical sourcing and unify the heterogeneous system landscape of the entire Manz Group.

Currently, Manz is continuing its cooperation with POOL4TOOL in order to use the digitial platform for further purchasing processes. The addition of the SRM module has improved the company’s supplier relationship management, and will soon allow the company to direct its supplier registration process digitally.

TÜV AUSTRIA Focuses On Digital Procurement Processes

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The TÜV AUSTRIA Group is a leading service provider for integrated security, quality and technical resource management. With subsidiaries in more than 40 countries, the international company employs over 1,400 employees and generates around 160 million euros in annual revenue. TÜV AUSTRIA offers a total of 270 services worldwide, covering the areas of security, engineering, environment, education and certification.

After a thorough assessment, TÜV AUSTRIA selected the solution experts POOL4TOOL to help digitize its procurement and ordering processes. The digital procurement platform will be rolled out across the company step-by-step to achieve more transparency in procurement.

TGW Logistics Group begins working with POOL4TOOL

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The TGW Logistics Group is a leading international provider of highly dynamic automated logistics systems. Since 1969, the company has been manufacturing various intralogsitics solutions for purposes ranging from extraction technology to complex, fully automated logistics centers. With around 2,500 employees worldwide, the TGW Group designs internal logistics systems for leading companies in various branches, such as Adidas, Mango, Amazon and Zalando. In the fiscal year of 2015/16, the company reached a turnover of 532 million euros. 

With the All-in-One Platform, the TGW Logistics Group hopes to improve the efficiency of their sourcing processes as well as their supplier and category management.


ODW-ELEKTRIK Starts IT Project For Better Procurement

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POOL4TOOL is pleased to welcome its newest customer: ODW-ELEKTRIK is an innovative developer and supplier of high quality cables, solenoids and mechatronic systems. Since the company was founded in 1970, ODW-ELEKTRIK has continued to expand its product portfolio and has worked to improve the manufacturing processes that are necessary for production. Today, the company develops and manufactures top-quality products in five locations (Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Macedonia, and Mexico) with a staff of approx. 2,000 employees. The company therefore offers the ideal conditions for meeting the high standards of its customers.

With the solution specialists at POOL4TOOL, ODW-ELEKTRIK will be able to improve​ ​communications with its suppliers, automate many manual tasks, and will ultimately make its Purchasing processes more efficient.

POOL4TOOL wins Swiss Steel as a new customer

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Swiss Steel is the center of excellence for the production of high-quality steel for the automotive, engineering, and apparatus construction industries. Its main markets are in Germany, Italy and France. In the European long steel market, it counts among the leading suppliers of engineering steel and free-cutting steel, and will soon be able to look back on 175 years of experience in this field. Swiss Steel supplies mainly to drawing mills and the forging and cold forging industries.

It will optimize its Procurement and supplier processes worldwide with software vendor POOL4TOOL.

More Effective Procurement Processes for WEIDPLAS

WEIDPLAS is a leading global producer of highly engineered and technically complex plastic components. Their core product lines include precision automotive components and modules, advanced lighting applications, and mechatronic and decorative solutions based on advanced plastic manufacturing technology. With a long heritage of successfully supporting highly demanding OEMs, WEIDPLAS offers a unique capability to support customer needs from concept through production. With an annual purchasing volume of around 100 million Swiss francs, Procurement is a central business function for WEIDPLAS. To achieve its Procurement goals, the technical producer relies on good cooperation with its suppliers and system partners.

WEIDPLAS will soon start an optimization project with software specialists POOL4TOOL and its all-in-one platform to improve strategic supplier selection and make Procurement processes more effective.

Rieter purchases efficiently all over the world

Rieter is the world's leading supplier of systems for short-staple fiber spinning. Based in Winterthur (Switzerland), the company develops and manufactures machinery, systems and components used to convert natural and manmade fibers and their blends into yarns. Rieter is the only supplier worldwide to cover spinning preparation processes as well as all four final spinning processes currently established on the market. With 16 manufacturing locations in ten countries, the company employs a global workforce of some 5 077, about 21% of whom are based in Switzerland.

Rieter is making its Procurement processes leaner with POOL4TOOL. With more efficient Supplier Relationship Management and faster order processing, Rieter is saving process costs and resources.

MANN+HUMMEL Optimizes Its Purchasing Processes

For more than 75 years, MANN+HUMMEL has been writing the history of filtration systems. Quality, service and innovations make the MANN+HUMMEL Group a distinguished development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. With a clear vision of "Leadership in Filtration," around 20,000 employees at more than 70 locations on five continents generate a total sales revenue of about EUR 4 billion. MANN+HUMMEL serves the automotive and industrial serial production and spare parts market.

The world market leader has been successfully implementing POOL4TOOL for many years, particularly the SRM Module, Supplier Registration and eSourcing. The purchasing solution has allowed MANN+HUMMEL’s global purchasing processes to operate more transparently.

TII Group Reduces Costs with POOL4TOOL

The TII Group (Transporter Industry International GmbH) specializes in the production of special vehicles for heavy haul transport. Years of experience and know-how from three leading international heavy haulage companies come together in the TII group: the SCHEUERLE Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH in Pfedelbach, Germany; NICOLAS Industrie S.A.S in Champs-sur-Yvonne, France, and KAMAG Transporttechnik GmbH & Co. KG in Ulm, Germany. Since 2015, the manufacturing company TRATEC in New Delhi, India, has also been part of the Group and offers local vehicles for heavy haulage.  

The TII Group has standardized its processes with POOL4TOOL as its solution partner, and has managed to reduce costs significantly with the POM (Purchase Order Management) module. The next step will be to re-engineer and improve the quality complaint processes.

Central Platform for Supplier Communication


SEMIKRON is one of the leading international producers of power modules and systems. Their products form the heart of modern, energy-efficient motor drives and industrial automation systems. Today, SEMIKRON has more than 2,900 employees worldwide in 25 operative locations and 9 production locations across multiple continents.

SEMIKRON uses POOL4TOOL for supplier communication. Certificates and necessary documents are exchanged using the platform, making communications smoother ad independent of individual employees. Supplier ratings, which were previously carried our separately in all of the company’s international locations and were therefore not available for the company as a whole, have now been centralized and are conducted using POOL4TOOL. Today, users from five locations are already benefiting from having POOL4TOOL as a central access point for supplier information and purchasing processes.

Global Market Leader Puts Its Trust in POOL4TOOL



POOL4TOOL is happy to welcome its newest client, the Schlemmer Group, the global technology expert, which has focused on the development and production of highly specialized synthetics solutions. Building on 60 years of experience in cable protection, the group of companies headquartered in Poing, Upper Bavaria has become one of the leading and most comprehensive value added partners, supporting its clients as an intelligent consulting and service partner. In addition to the core Automotive business area, the Schlemmer Group also pursues activities in a wide range of other sectors with its Industry and Appliances business areas. Over 60 sites throughout the world, almost 30 production plants at strategically important locations and a mobile factory enable the company to simultaneously implement global strategies and enjoy a local presence in development production and sales. The company's about 2,500 employees generated total revenue of EUR 270 million in 2014.

The Schlemmer Group is now improving its purchasing processes at its main location in Bavaria with POOL4TOOL. The solution provider won the company over with its best practices in supplier management and sourcing. In order to select suppliers that have the same high standards as the Schlemmer Group itself, the world market leader will be using the POOL4TOOL supplier registration tool, as well as the RFQ module.

High Tech Supplier Optimizes SRM and SCM

POOL4TOOL is happy to welcome Bühler Motor, the leading producer of sophisticated mechatronic engine solutions, as a new customer. Alongside Supplier Management, the high-tech company is optimizing its SCM and logistics processes, supplier call-off, dispatch notification, and consignment processing with POOL4TOOL modules.

Bühler Motor is headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany, and develops and manufactures technologically sophisticated mechatronic engine and pump solutions based on electric DC motors. With more than 1,700 employees in ten locations across three continents (Europe, USA, Asia) and an annual revenue of around 255 million euros, the group is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry. Its strategic markets are the automotive industry, medical technology, aerospace, and general industry solutions.

KAMAG Expands Its Supplier Network

Together with the companies, SCHEURLE, NICOLAS, and TRATAC, KAMAG forms the TII Group - Transporter Industry International. The group is a global leader in the development of production of heavy goods vehicles with hydraulically supported swing axles and belongs to the corporation of the serial entrepeneur, Senator E. h. Otto Retternmaier, from Heilbronn. With POOL4TOOL, KAMAG is expanding its supplier network and optimizing its ordering processes. KAMAG will then implement POOL4TOOL's QDX module to improve its Quality Assurance process.

LLOYD Makes No Compromises in Supplier Management

"When it comes to style there are no compromises": this is the principle that LLOYD strictly follows when producing its shoes. LLOYD Shoes GmbH also does not want to make compromises in procurement, so it looks to its solution partner, POOL4TOOL. LLOYD employs about 1,421 employees, 610 of whom are in Germany alone. The company chalked up consolidated record sales of around 139 million euros in 2014. LLOYD is now optimizing all of its supplier management with POOL4TOOL and setting a new standard in its strategic procurement.

Global Player Chooses POOL4TOOL

With over 1,800 employees, 23 subsidiaries, and a turnover of around 388 million euros (438 million US dollars) (2014),the Austrian company, Greiner Bio One is a global player in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry and in biotechnology. Greiner Bio One is a division of the Greiner consortium with over 8,000 employees and a revenue of 1.32 billion (1.48 bn US dollars) (2014) , placing it among the hundred largest Austrian companies. POOL4TOOL will make a significant contribution to optimizing procurement processes and improving supplier communication with procure2pay and the POOL4TOOL Supplier Network.  

Ducab will improve its supplier relationship management

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Ducab is a UAE-based leading manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products and also the first choice for many prestigious clients and contractors due to its record of quality and customer service. Jointly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai and Senaat (General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi), Ducab operates five manufacturing facilities in the UAE. The company has a manufacturing capability of over 115,000 metal tonnes of high, medium and low voltage cables and 110,000 tonnes of copper rod and wire per annum.

Ducab has supplied electrical cables to a number of landmark projects in the UAE, including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Emirates Palace, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm and Yas Marina Circuit. With record sales of AED 5.1 billion for 2014, Ducab is a regional leader in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of copper and aluminum cable products for the defence, energy, industrial, construction, rail, specialty and nuclear energy sectors.

With POOL4TOOL, Ducab will improve its supplier relationship management. In the future, new suppliers will self-register on the SRM Portal and will be able to keep their master data up-to-date themselves.

We Welcome Our New Client, Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch is a renowned producer of ceramic products in the dinnerware and bathroom sectors. Now, Villeroy & Boch has decided to use POOL4TOOL to optimize its procurement processes. Headquartered in Germany, the company is represented in 125 countries worldwide and has 14 production plants in Europe, Mexico, and Thailand. In total, around 7,300 employees generate a corporate revenue of 766 million euros (2014). With POOL4TOOL, Villeroy & Boch has chosen an All-in-One Solution to optimize strategic, as well as operational, processes for both direct and indirect procurement. The corporation is using a part of the POOL4TOOL supplier network with over 300,000 vendors for structured communication with suppliers.