Broner Celebrates 30 Years Experience in Delivering Value for Steel and Aluminium Producers

Broner Metals Solutions is pleased to announce the celebration of its 30th anniversary of providing world-class supply chain planning, scheduling and manufacturing execution systems for the Metals Industry.

Watford, United Kingdom, October 23, 2008 --( Starting in 1978 as a consultancy company specializing in control system design for steel and aluminium cold-rolling mills, Broner has developed into a world leader, and the only supplier of a fully integrated suite of packaged supply chain management solutions for planning, scheduling and MES, covering the needs of all types of flat and long products plants in the steel and aluminium industries.

Today Broner enjoys growing success with direct presence in all continents. Broner solutions have been accepted and recognised by major industry players, such as ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, which selected Broner as its global corporate standard supplier of production planning, scheduling and MES solutions. Broner customers include leading metals producers in countries throughout the world, such as Usiminas, Cosipa, Gerdau- Brazil, Baosteel, Capital Steel, TISCO - China, Nippon Steel - Japan, OMK, Severstal, KUMZ – Russia, Corus - UK, ArcelorMittal - South Africa and ThyssenKrupp Steel, Alcoa, Norandal – USA.

Broner has expanded significantly in the last five years, extending into emerging and strategically important markets such as China, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Broner has made major improvements to the functionality of its solutions, including:

· Caster Auto Planner for automated planning of tundishes
· Hot Charge/Hot Connect capabilities, which reduce energy consumption by increasing the percent of material that can be hot-charged. It also provides "opportunistic" hot charge functionality, which allows the user to take advantage of short term or unplanned opportunities for hot-charge
· A continuous sequence of developments in Planning and Scheduling modules, providing improvements in functionality, performance and usability to all users
· A range of packaged, configurable Broner Manufacturing Execution System (MES) applications, developed specifically for metals:
o Production Management, which monitors and controls the production process, tracks production in real time and stores production data for later analysis,
o Quality Management, which monitors and records quality data, generates quality reports, provides non-conformance reporting and tools for quality recovery,
o Inventory Management, which generates and prioritises material movement orders, tracks inventory in real time and generates reports, including consumption and mass balance reports,
o Equipment Management, which monitors each piece of production machinery, including failures during production, downtime and work times.
· A standard SAP interface

“30 years in business is a significant achievement for a company. We have succeeded over such a considerable period of time because we are committed to deliver the best planning, scheduling and supply chain solutions tailored to the needs of our customers and are dedicated to provide an excellent service and products that comply to the highest industry standards,” said David Mushin, CEO of Broner Metals Solutions.

Broner Metals Solutions
Ksenia Mustafina
+441923 652000