Malaysian pharma giant implements S/4HANA for manufacturing plants


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Malaysia’s largest listed pharmaceutical company, Pharmaniaga Berhad, has gone live with SAP S/4HANA in its manufacturing plants, achieving a major milestone in its digital transformation.

Pharmaniaga worked with ABeam Consulting on the deployment of the real-time ERP suite, which aims to increase the company’s effectiveness and efficiency in managing production orders, quality management, delivery and product costing.

Pharmaniaga hopes to become a fully-fledged integrated healthcare solutions provider by standing its operations across all manufacturing plants. The company distributes pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products to the government and private hospitals and clinics, as well as teaching hospital under the Ministry of Health.

“We began looking at several vendors in the market since 2015 to assist us in transforming our existing system and through this filterisation, we found SAP is able to cater to our requirements in providing end-to-end solutions that matches our business needs,” said Dato’ Farshila Emran, managing director, Pharmaniaga.

“Internet of Things (IoT) and system integration are the two out of the nine main pillars in the Industry 4.0. We have embraced this new revolution and set our sights on further growth as we become increasingly aware of the importance needs of digital technology in our organisation to enhance the work’s productivity and efficiency using the best practises,” he said.

The pharmaceutical market in Malaysia is set to grow from $2.3 billion in 2015 to $3.6 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 per cent, according to GlobalData.

Dato’ Farshila said the company’s is also keen to penetrate the European market, and said the upgrade of its capabilities will enable it to both meet its clients expectations and compete with other international pharmaceutical companies.

SAP Malaysia managing director, Terrence Yong, said, “The market opportunities in the region for pharmaceutical companies like Pharmaniaga are aplenty, and with enhanced digital tools and processes, we are confident that Pharmaniaga is empowered to achieve its goals in the digital economy landscape.

“The company is at an exciting juncture as it prepares itself for future growth and SAP is proud to be part of this journey with them, through our partner ABeam Consulting.”

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