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Tuesday 07 October, 2008

Quintiq

World-leading Coal Export Terminal DBCT Selects...





MELBOURNE, Australia, October 7 /PRNewswire/ --     Quintiq, a leading provider
of Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)
solutions, today announced that Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd. (DBCT
P/L) has chosen Quintiq to provide a purpose-built APS solution to optimise
its current capacity capabilities and support projected expansion over the
next decade. Quintiq will implement the Quintiq Application Suite to fit
DBCT's specific bulk commodities planning and scheduling needs and integrate
with DBCT P/L's other IT systems.



    Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) located in Queensland, Australia, is
recognized as one of the world's largest metallurgical coal export terminals.
With a current capacity of 68 million tons per annum, DBCT annually loads
more than 600 ships bound for ports throughout Europe, Asia, South America
and the Middle East. The challenges of handling many coal types from various
mines, coordinating train unloading, ensuring optimal ship loading, managing
onsite storage without cross-contamination, all while coping with the
vagaries of weather, tides, maintenance and other variables together create a
highly complex planning puzzle. Increasing pressure on DBCT's capacity
further complicates this, as demand for Australian coal is growing rapidly,
due in large part to the burgeoning Chinese and Indian industrial economies.



    DBCT P/L expects the solution will optimise ship and train planning and
scheduling as well as increase visibility of yard planning in both the day of
operations and beyond. Use of the Quintiq APS solution will support DBCT
P/L's goal to increase terminal throughput through automation of many tasks
that are currently handled manually to enhance the efficiency of the planning
and scheduling process. Other expected benefits include support for the
company's projected growth due to the solution's inherent scalability and
versatility.



    In evaluating its APS solution options, DBCT P/L was focused on the
overwhelming need to increase throughput in order to support increased
shipping turnover and volume demands now and in the future. DBCT P/L ideally
wanted a fit for purpose commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution that would
require little or no technical development, would plug-in seamlessly to a
transactional system, and would be able to grow with DBCT for eight to ten
years. DBCT P/L found precisely what they were looking for with the Quintiq
Application Suite.



    "At first we couldn't find a COTS solution that would meet our complex
planning needs without significant development investment" said Tannas
Loskill, Logistics Superintendent at DBCT P/L. "Then we discovered that with
Quintiq, we could get exactly what we wanted: a perfect-fit solution based on
a standard software package. The solution will work with our chosen
transactional system and is fully scalable, so we are confident that Quintiq
will be able to grow with DBCT's operational needs over the next 8-10 years."



    "DBCT P/L's selection of the Quintiq Application Suite and our long
history in serving customers in this field validate our belief that Quintiq
has a lot to offer the coal supply chain," noted Victor Allis, Quintiq CEO.
"In Australia, where the industry is going through highly concentrated
growth, we are on track to become the number one APS provider to coal
terminals."



    Development of the Quintiq solution for DBCT P/L will commence
immediately, with implementation expected to be completed in June, 2009.
Quintiq is handling development, implementation and providing full 24/7
support.



About Quintiq

    Quintiq provides advanced planning, scheduling and supply chain 
management solutions. The fast-growing Dutch company, established in 1997, 
offers software for planning and optimizing complex business processes 
throughout the enterprise. The company's headquarters is located in the 
Netherlands and it has subsidiaries in Germany, UK, Finland, Malaysia, China, 
Australia, and the USA. For more information: http://www.quintiq.com.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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