APS builds on new IT foundation for the future

Gary McNeil (right), managing director of Aluminium & Plastics Systems, with Ryan Smyth, SAP business one consultant at FUEL
Gary McDonald Business Editor

LISBURN-based architectural supply firm Aluminium and Plastics Systems (APS) has seen its profits sky-rocket by more than 30 per cent in the last full trading year.

The privately-owned company, which operates from the Ballinderry Road in the city, retained earnings at the end of the year of £1,399,352 against just over £1 million the previous year. It came on a slightly reduced turnover of £6.72m.

APS occupies a three-acre site on which are two main custom built 55,000 sq ft warehouses and automated distribution centre that are used for stock-holding and distribution of the widest range of aluminium and PVC products for use in commercial and residential buildings across Ireland.

The company, which has 36 employees (its wages bill last year was £816,646), has enjoyed a 20 per cent increase in business in the last two years in the Republic and a massive 300 per cent uplift in Scotland.

The main growth for APS has been in its architectural projects success. Recent successful projects include the new state-of-the-art GAA national games development centre in Dublin, Titanic Apartments in Belfast and the new Applegreen garages throughout the island of Ireland.

And the board of APS have embarked on ambitious expansion plan for the future, both in Northern Ireland and further afield.

To manage and control the expected growth it needed to upgrade its financial and sales management platform. Its out-dated software systems had to be replaced with a more modern solution that would provide improved functionality, and the directors opted for SAP Business One from Craigavon-based SAP partner FUEL.

The nature of its business requires APS to purchase raw material from Asia which is then manufactured into various aluminium extrusions. This requires a considerable amount of government legislative paperwork and accurate time consuming calculations.

With SAP Business One, the company will now accomplish this instantly, saving countless hours per person every week. As well as being a considerable time-saver, replacing the human element of these lengthy calculations will provide a much higher level of accuracy.

APS managing director Gary McNeil said: “Some months ago we engaged FUEL to refresh our hardware infrastructure, and we're delighted they have now delivered our new financial management solution. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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