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AIMMS optimizes supply chains for leading corporations around the world with a consistently high return on investment.Learn more
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Haarlem, The Netherlands (December 4, 2013) –Today, AIMMS announced a new global license agreement with Air Liquide Technical Services LLC (“Air Liquide”) that will bring the benefits of AIMMS’ optimization technology to Air Liquide production units in the U.S. and in Europe.
Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees.
Air Liquide implemented AIMMS’ technology for closed-loop real time optimization purposes following an extensive research and development phase. AIMMS-based optimization models are applied to specific production units to improve production output while minimizing production costs and maintaining reliable operations.
AIMMS has been selected as one of Air Liquide’s global optimization tools for its ease of use and powerful optimization capabilities.
Charles Neely Harper, Director of Smart Manufacturing at Air Liquide, Large Industries – Worldwide Industrial Management commented: “AIMMS offers a great opportunity to extract additional value in our portfolio of optimization solutions at the local level where it enables our engineers and process experts to further push our optimization boundries and obvious links to the supply chain, making it a profit optimization solution rather than a process optimization solution. Having many experts able to think about and simulate our process using the AIMMS technologies and tool sets, is a real innovation that will improve the way we operate and understand our processes.”
“We are extremely proud Air Liquide has officially chosen AIMMS as its optimization platform. The global software contract between Air Liquide and AIMMS represents a long term commitment between our companies to seek out the very best optimization solutions to address Air Liquide’s requirements. They are a pleasure to work with,” said Jill Lizardi, AIMMS’ Vice President for North America.
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling AIMMS, a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
Earlier this month, at the fourth National Delta Congress, the prestigious American Franz Edelman Award was handed out to the Dutch consortium who won the award in April 2013 for their flood risk reduction project. The consortium consisted of Deltares, the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), HKV Consultancy, Delft’s University of Technology, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the Delta Commissioner’s staff team.
The consortium received the award in the presence of 1,500 guests, including several members of the Dutch government, such as Minister Schultz van Haegen, Minister Hennis-Plasschaert and Vice Minister Atsma. Anne Robinson, president of INFORMS (the largest society of Operations Research and Management Science), also travelled to The Netherlands to present the award at this special occasion.
Following the event, a dinner was hosted by the Franz Edelman award winner Dick den Hertog (professor at University Tilburg and part of the Deltares team). The dinner, held in honor of Anne Robinson, offered a great opportunity to bring several Dutch Edelman Award winners and finalists together.
The evening started with a 3-minute introduction of the available selection of Dutch companies active in OR (Ab Ovo, AIMMS, CQM, NS, ORTEC, TNT, and Quintiq). Following the introductory remarks, guests had the chance to exchange ideas and develop new opportunities for cooperation. Topics such as the need to increase OR awareness and cooperation between businesses and academia took center stage. Attendees also explored how an American organization like INFORMS can contribute to the development of European OR societies and how the industry can enable more people to benefit from optimization.
AIMMS SVP Gertjan de Lange was among the guests and offered a presentation at the event. Having been on stage himself to accept the Franz Edelman Award on behalf of our company and the Midwest ISO team in 2011, he knows what a thrill it is to be rewarded in this beautiful field we work in. In his own words: “It is great to see that our community is so strong and open, and that we want to help each other and our end users use innovative technologies to move their optimization ideas forward.”
Dick den Hertog: “I am very proud that The Netherlands is one of the leading countries in operations research, both in applications and theoretical research. I am convinced that the future of optimization is bright. More and more companies realize that optimization technology leads to better decisions, and therefore a competitive advantage.”
AIMMS hosted its first Asia-Pacific Customer Conference last week, from the 13th to the 14th of November. The conference’s location was the beautiful and famous West Lake area in Hangzhou, China – a city located a short train ride south east of Shanghai. The event took place in the classic Shangri La hotel, known for its fantastic view of the lake and Chinese kitchen.
A shared passion for optimization
AIMMS COO Jan Willem van Crevel and VP Asia-Pacific Lei Wang were present at the event. What they found most striking, aside from a great turn out, was our guests’ shared passion for optimization. Attendees actively sought each other out during breaks and enthusiastically engaged with speakers to compare and exchange insights. They held vigorous discussions about their approaches to operations research and were always eager to learn from each other.
Optimization for electricity market systems was definitely the number one application area represented and discussed at the conference. Several academics were also eager to hear about real-life, practical applications for a number of theories.
The number one optimization technology insight discussed at the conference was the importance of dealing with uncertainty in input data and modeling. This area appears to be hard to explain to businesses and users, which challenges us even further to develop techniques and software that can lower these barriers and achieve optimized results.
Growing the AIMMS community in Asia-Pacific
The dominant language spoken at the conference was Chinese. With three native speakers as employees, we were certainly not short of interactions. All in all, we can say that we look back on a very inspiring event that will undoubtedly contribute to grow the AIMMS community in Asia-Pacific. Click below to view more pictures of the event.
Haarlem, The Netherlands (November 18, 2013) – Today, Bolsius, the largest European candle producer, announced that it has embraced AIMMS PRO to optimize their supplychain. AIMMS PRO is an enterprise platform for planning and optimization. The platform allows companies to publish and run custom optimization apps and make these available to planners and decision makers, enabling them to make optimal cost-efficient decisions.
Bolsius has a rich history as a candle manufacturer, boasting a 140-year long track record. The company has over 1.000 employees and exports to more than 50 countries. In the past months, Bolsius has gained experience in working with AIMMS by developing and deploying several optimization applications. One of these applications is in the area of production personnel rostering, another one addresses strategic network design, scenario evaluation and optimization. After a positive hands-on trial period, the experience with AIMMS was such that Bolsius decided to scale up and deploy the AIMMS PRO enterprise app store.
AIMMS PRO will allow Bolsius to transform their operation into a fully integrated, demand driven supply chain. This involves synchronizing their long, medium and short term planning cycles and using each planning cycle to integrate all aspects of their end-to-end supply chain. Bolsius will be equipped to rapidly respond to changes in demand, supply or production, allowing them to choose on the spot between several optimized scenarios. Responses will include for instance, workforce and production planning over different locations. The company’s supply chain management will be much more hands-on, as if it were a single site which is easy to oversee and manage.
“For Bolsius mathematical optimization is a new way to improve service and lower costs. AIMMS helps us in making complex problems transparent and thereby making better decisions,” says Bas Kersten, Supply Chain Manager at Bolsius International.
“By investing in innovation, Bolsius proves again that it helps a company’s long-term success. We are proud to support Bolsius with their supply chain transformation helping them to be more responsive to changes in demand and market circumstances,” says Christophe Frère, Vice President EMEA at AIMMS.
Bolsius is the leading candle manufacturer in Europe adding colour and fragrance to the home of millions of people. Innovation, concept selling and high service level have been the cornerstone of our success for more than 140 years. Our brands and products can be found in multiple channels such as garden centres, food, drug, variety stores and furniture/ home decoration stores.
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create high business impact with optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
Haarlem, The Netherlands (October 24, 2013) –La Poste has chosen AIMMS technology to optimize its mail and parcel collection and delivery networks. AIMMS’ optimization technology will be used to support business decisions for the mid-term architecture of these networks in larger cities.
La Poste is active in 4 main areas:
The Mail service is continuously modernizing in order to meet the challenges associated with the digitalization of exchanges.
Parcels and Express: the 2nd largest parcel operator in Europe and leader on the French market, with a strong e-commerce profile, Geopost specializes in parcels up to 30 kg.
Banking: La Banque Postale was launched on January 1st and is the banking arm of the La Poste group. It represents a new and original concept in retail banking, with its open door policy, and provides adapted banking and insurance solutions to almost 29 million customers.
La Poste Retail Outlets is the leading provider of local services in France, with 17,000 post offices providing information on behalf of La Banque Postale, Le Courrier and Colis-Express. This position has been achieved through ambitious modernization and by placing client relations at the heart of the brand’s strategy. Internet, telephone and automatic dispensing machines make La Poste more accessible than ever today.
La Poste was officially granted the role of primary delivery service in France in 1999. This involves providing a fully comprehensive service covering:
- National and cross-border letter delivery of items 2 kg or less,
- Parcel deliveries for items up to 20 kg,
- Recorded deliveries and declared value consignments.
La Poste is the 2nd European postal services operator in terms of turnover (€21.7 billion in 2012). It consistently looks to provide the best economic and social solutions, within a guiding framework built upon the principles of equality, continuity and flexibility. It is committed to ensuring that services across the country consistently meet with fixed quality standards. All collection and delivery services handled by La Poste are offered at accessible prices and guaranteed on all working days.
With the spread of new technologies and the advent of economic and social changes, new shopping and logistic patterns have emerged, leading to growth in deliveries in particular. Confronted with a competitive environment and the growing complexity of the ‘last mile’ issue, La Poste implements the best tools to optimize the strategy of its organization. These optimization tools need to deal with a dense network of about 60,000 routes based around 3,000 post offices – reaching 37 million French letterboxes on a daily basis.
AIMMS was chosen to optimize the type of vehicles needed to deliver at lower cost in the main cities of France, and to determine an optimal strategy for their delivery centers (that is, determining how many buildings are necessary and where they should be located).
To determine the best structure, the main cities of France (hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, thousands of kilometers of streets) were split in up to 2 thousand squares (hundreds of meters per side). Each square is characterized by multiple parameters (buildings, inhabitants, length of the streets, speeds of the vehicles, etc.).
According to Alain Roset, who’s in charge of the Foresight 2020 at La Poste: “AIMMS’ tools provide rapid and effective solutions, enabling La Poste to simulate the best scenarios according different hypotheses (market shares, service time to deliver, sizes of the parcels, carbon dioxide footprint, etc.). These simulations help La Poste choose the best strategy to deliver mail and parcels, find the best places for delivery post offices, and determine the best vehicles to reach delivery points. With these tools La Poste will provide the best quality with the optimal economic added value and a net zero carbon footprint.”
AIMMS is an innovative technology company with offices in The Netherlands, Seattle (US), Singapore and Shanghai. For over 20 years, the company has been developing and selling a unique mathematical optimization platform. AIMMS customers can create optimization engines and solutions that enable optimal decision making on complex strategic, tactical or operational problems.
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