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Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires MRP specialist Datawright

Kerridge Commercial Systems acquires MRP specialist Datawright.

“With NVM’s continued support we are building our business to take full advantage of global market demand.”

Ian Bendelow,
CEO of Kerridge Commercial Systems

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), specialising in business management solutions to the distributive industry, has acquired Northern based Datawright — a provider of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) solutions specifically designed for the manufacturing sector.

This is KCS’ second acquisition since completing the original management buy-out with financing from NVM back in 2010. KCS successfully acquired Strategix in October 2011 to strengthen its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and services. Since then, the KCS management team has recognised that many customers in the distribution industry are extending their activities along the supply chain and have a growing need for manufacturing functionality and solutions. The acquisition of Datawright will allow KCS to reach new customers and offer additional MRP capabilities to users of its leading product, K8.

Ian and the team have done a great job developing the business in the two years since the buy-out. In the last year, KCS achieved turnover of more than £25 million and currently employs around 250 people at offices in the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands and South Africa. They support over 700 customers at more than 3,500 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

The integration of Strategix was handled extremely well and we have high hopes for Datawright. We believe the acquisition has strong synergy benefits and will enable KCS to offer new functionality which is increasingly important to its customers. We are delighted to support this latest step in the growth of the business.

Clive Austin
T 0845 272 7023

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