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Logistics systems specialist Savoye Maintain its turnover in 2009

Savoye, one of the world’s leading logistics software and warehouse equipment solution providers, maintained its turnover at over 80 million Euros in 2009. The logistics systems specialist, part of Legris Industries, predicts that growth in 2010 will come from innovation and the international market.

Savoye, which has a UK office in the East Midlands, achieved a consolidated 2009 turnover of 81.9 million Euros, a level equivalent to that of 2008. Savoye saw significant growth for its IT logistics solutions, which generated 24.5 million Euros, a growth of 12%.

"Our 2009 performance relies on several strengths : the diversity of our activities and of our customers’ sectors with some markets less affected than others such as textiles or e-business, but also the diversity of our turnover’s geographical origin." comments Frédéric Mancion, the chairman of Savoye.

2009 was marked by the signing of several important contracts in France, in particular in the e-business and textiles sectors. Photobox, the European leader in on-line photo developing, sharing and storing, was the first to acquire an e-Jivaro, a box lidding machine launched in 2009. SAVOYE equipped Kiabi’s platform in Lauwin-Planque with mechanisation and IT solutions and ÏD group’s (Okaïdi) world and e-business platform in Leers, in the North of France. Agreements were reached in the upmarket cosmetics field (Sisley), the pharmaceutical industry (Guerbet), provisions for industry and the building industry (Descours & Cabaud) and the agro-foods industry (Daunat).

The international market represents an increasingly large share of Savoye’s income: 39% of the orders now come from outside France (+4%) for SAVOYE. Amongst the 2009 contracts : Shimano Europe Holding BV, leader in cycling and fishing equipment and accessories, which deployed Savoye’s PTS Picking Tray System in the Netherlands ; Procter & Gamble in the United Kingdom. Savoye’s IT solutions are exported in Europe, Asia, North America, North Africa and the Middle East with a large project in Saudi Arabia (Saudi Kayan, the largest petrochemicals entre in the Middle East).

OUTLOOK FOR 2010

"In 2010, growth will be achieved by innovation, the international market and the strengthening of our consultancy and integration activities," comments Frédéric Mancion.

Innovation. SAVOYE intends to work in partnership with its customers to accompany them in their logistic upgrade projects, thanks to a product proposal which is increasingly innovative. At the beginning of 2010, the business strengthened its software proposal by launching LOGISTICS MANAGER SUITE in France.

This new universe of solutions – for both international groups and for small and medium-sized companies (all sectors combined) – covers Supply Chain Management (decision-making control); Warehouse Management (warehouse control, from goods-in to dispatch) ; and Flow Management (transport flow optimisation).

The international share will progress in the coming years, in particular in the United States where Savoye opened an office in Chicago this year. Jack Levan, Vocollect’s former CEO, and chairman of this subsidiary, is responsible for making up a team to conquer the American market. SAVOYE also intends to strengthen its presence in the United Kingdom and the Benelux countries.

Developing towards the manufacturer-integrator profession. As well as being a designer and manufacturer, Savoye is also an integrator. Its aim is to offer the right degree of automation integrating the technologies and equipment which are best suited to each profession. The division has the dedicated know-how and resources for this type of service available internally.

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