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Royston, Hertfordshire UK – April 5, 2005 – For immediate release:

A comprehensive project management function, fully integrated within an enterprise resource
planning (ERP) system, was one of the prime reasons that Colin Mear Engineering, a British
provider of manufacturing solutions to the worldwide tobacco industry, has purchased an Infor
COM ERP suite from Infor Global Solutions. The ERP company is a global supplier of
software solutions to a number of small to medium-size enterprise (SME) manufacturers,
distributors and processors in specific sectors or vertical markets.

Privately owned, Colin Mear Engineering is a British company specialising in providing a
complete service to the tobacco products manufacturing industry. Based in Chard, Somerset,
the company designs, manufactures and installs specialist cigarette making and packaging
machinery to customers around the world. Typically, orders are for one-off machines enabling
customers to cost-effectively test product innovations or produce lower-volume, niche product

The company required a high quality project management function because over 60 per cent
of the company's £12 million (pounds sterling) annual turnover derives from project-based
contracts. It also needed a comprehensive but affordable ERP system that would serve the
entire enterprise and provide an IT infrastructure to support new business development plans.
Rather than buy a separate project management software package and link it to ERP, Colin
Mear Engineering decided to look for a totally integrated system.

Infor COM was chosen, not only because it met the requirement for full integration of project
management and ERP, but it also offered many other important advantages. These included
a range of modular applications that would support every department in the business, from
marketing and sales, through design engineering and manufacture to distribution, including
financial and human resource management.

In addition, Infor COM is based on industry standard open technology; this means Colin Mear
Engineering will be able to expand the system as the business develops and connect it to
other supply chain management systems, both within and outside the company. All these
features were available at a price within the customer's budget.

"On a systematic basis, we looked at several competitors' products, but the Infor system
stood out as being designed for the manufacturing industry and right for our type of largely
one-off, project-based business. It will also provide the company-wide IT infrastructure
necessary to support future expansion and ensure we continue providing the highest level of
service to our customers," said Graham Wood, chief executive officer (CEO) of Colin Mear
Engineering. "We operate in a global market and we need not only a reliable and robust
business system, but also a strong partner as a supplier. Infor meets both these

Colin Mear Engineering provides a specialist machine making facility, installation, spares and
a full customer support function. For the specialist machines it operates on a strictly 'make-to-
order' basis and already applies lean thinking, 'demand-pull' principles to its operations. The
Infor system will work alongside lean methods and provide essential manufacturing
management functions, including engineering change control to minimise errors and maintain
accurate records. It will provide material requirements planning (MRP) where needed. The
new system replaces a ten-year old DOS-based financial software package that had been
extensively modified to support operational requirements, but had become inappropriate for
Colin Mear Engineering's current demands and future needs.

"The issue with producing one-off equipment is that there is only one chance to get it right, so
you have to be right first time," said Graham Wood, emphasising the need for resources such
as Infor COM ERP to minimise risk and ensure the right outcome.

Mike Spragg, managing director of Infor Global Solutions UK, said: "We are very pleased
Colin Mear Engineering chose Infor COM and we look forward to working closely with a
British manufacturing company that is wisely investing to expand its global business. Infor
COM is designed specifically for the manufacturing industry and offers both general business
and specialised modules. The modularity and flexibility, coupled to the means to customise
the system, means it is ideal for the small- to medium-size enterprise (SME) in vertical


Customers of Colin Mear Engineering include the leading names in the tobacco industry such
as, BAT and Philip Morris. Founded twenty years ago, the company has built itself a
reputation for excellence in designing, manufacturing and installing machinery for making and
packaging tobacco products. This expertise will be used to explore other market sectors and
actively expand the company's business in the years to come.

Besides manufacturing and supplying a range of its own products, a significant amount of its
current work is derived from modifying older machines supplied by customers. These
machines are then used around the world, often for lower-volume production of niche
products. Colin Mear Engineering is able to extend the value of the equipment and add
advanced features in a short time, at a high quality and competitive cost, attributes that few
competitors can match, claims the company.


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Colin Mear Engineering is a successful precision engineering company providing a complete
high quality, secondary manufacturing service to the tobacco industry worldwide. Colin Mear
Engineering rebuilds and refurbishes a wide range of equipment for most of the major
tobacco manufacturers and many independent companies. It also supports its customers with
installation, commissioning, a wide range of spares, technical services and training. Over
the last 20 years, the company has gained a reputation for being focussed solely on the
needs of its customers and using its flexible approach to solve a wide range of customer
problems. As a result, Colin Mear Engineering has provided customers with solutions by
developing equipment capable of making a wide variety of novel packaging together with
designing cost effective proprietary equipment. For further information, visit www.cme-


Infor provides vertical specific, enterprise-wide business solutions to select manufacturing and
distribution industries worldwide and delivers best-in-class products that address the essential
challenges its customers face in areas such as supply chain planning, relationship
management, demand management, ERP, warehouse management, marketing-driven
distribution, and business intelligence. Infor has 30 locations worldwide and its solutions are
used by 13,000 customers in over 45 countries. For further information, visit


Richard Hudson
Marketing Manager
Infor Global Solutions UK Ltd

Telephone: +44 (0)1763 232222

Distributed by:
Mark Mitchell
Pattison Mitchell & Associates

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7924 7700

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