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K8 Manufacturing playing an essential role within Steyport

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Customer: Steyport

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A system for the future

Formed in 1979, Steyport is a family-owned company, specialising in the manufacture of premium quality paints and wood finishes for the own label market, and a market-leading supplier of printing inks for the wall covering sector. Currently processing nearly 2,000 orders annually, with around 10% of production being exported, the company’s well established client base includes Anstey, Borås Tapeter, Graham & Brown, John Lewis, Laura Ashley and Wilkinson. Steyport operates from a purpose-built 45,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Blackburn and has its own in-house R&D facility which develops and formulates bespoke products tailored to meet clients’ individual requirements.

Before choosing their new system, the Steyport management team short listed two products, one of which was K8 Manufacturing, for benchmarking against the company’s business needs. Ultimately, K8 Manufacturing was judged for being the best solution and was also backed by positive industry credentials. “We chose the system for being the best all-round package, that it would be fully supported and continue to be developed.”

Gains and benefits

  • Fully integrated modules for improved efficiency
  • Real-time stock control
  • Accurate job costing
  • Standardised work-flow practices
  • Complete raw material and WIP visibility
  • Product batch control and traceability
  • Dashboards provide at-a-glance information
  • Remote system access for sales order input
  • R&D specification data direct to production

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K8 Manufacturing is an essential part of our business. And without it, we would find it very difficult to run our factory.

- Wendy Drake, Managing Director


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