With a global market share of around 45% in 2017, VAT Group AG is the world market leader in the development and manufacture of high-vacuum valves, multi-valve modules and metal bellows. These are used in production process that require the highest degree of cleanliness, such as the manufacture of semiconductors or flat screen displays. Now the listed corporation is working with BE-terna and Microsoft to prepare itself for further growth and a groundbreaking switch to cloud.
Digitalisation and growth at record speedThe semiconductor and display sectors are booming; turnover, profit and employees are increasing at a dramatic rate – all signs point towards growth at VAT. The Swiss Rhine Valley-based company, which primarily supplies its vacuum valves to manufacturers of machinery for the production of semiconductors and flat screen displays, increased its turnover by 36% to almost 700 M Swiss francs last year and VAT expects a further increase of between 15 and 20% for the 2018 financial year. Business development on this scale requires a modern ERP solution – one which can grow with the company and its increasing challenges.
Optimally equipped with Microsoft and BE-ternaThe high-tech Swiss company embarked on an extensive and intensive selection process to find the right ERP solution and an experienced software partner. In this selection process BE-terna dazzled in the scenario workshops and impressed with the latest Microsoft Dynamics 365-based technology as well as extensive industry know-how. This view is shared by Martin Vaplon, CIO of the VAT Group:
In an extensive selection process lasting over a year BE-terna impressed us in particular with its considerable consultancy expertise. Choosing the right system is just one factor. In our opinion, choosing the right implementation partner is far more important and constitutes a key prerequisite for a successful project. During the selection process we discovered that several systems would have been suitable for our company. In addition to the technical solution itself, the expertise and experience of BE-terna were the factors which proved to be decisive when it came to our decision in favour of Microsoft Dynamics 365.