Case Study - Futamura

Futamura boosts agility with a hybrid cloud platform for modernised applications


  • Industry: Manufacturing

  • Business: Packaging and Materials

  • Focus: Hybrid Cloud and

    Application Modernaisation

  • Challenges

    • Establish an independent IT infrastructure unreliable • Modernise legacy manufacturing applications • Enable agile development and enhancement • Keep the in-house team as lean as possible

Overview

When it acquired a new packaging plant in the UK, Futamura needed to migrate its core systems away from the infrastructure of the plant’s previous owner. Meridian IT helped Futamura build a new fully managed, hybrid cloud platform and re-engineer the application—boosting performance, reliability, security and developer agility.

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Business Challenge

Headquartered in Japan, Futamura is an international leader in the packaging and materials sector. Keen to expand its operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Futamura saw an opportunity to position itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of cellulose film by acquiring two new production sites from Innovia Films—one in the United States, and the other in the United Kingdom.
Following the acquisition, Futamura agreed a deal for Innovia to continue hosting and supporting the UK site’s core manufacturing execution system (MES). This arrangement worked well for the first two years, but as the two companies’ IT strategies began to diverge, Futamura needed to take ownership of its own platform.
Futamura wanted to keep its UK IT team as lean as possible, which meant hiring new developers and infrastructure specialists was not an option. Instead, the company decided to find a partner that could help it build a new IT architecture, modernise and migrate its MES application, and provide ongoing application and infrastructure support.

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