Financial director and chartered accountant John Samuel said this week that the group – the world’s fourth largest chemicals distributor – plans to bring 50% of its customers online over the next year.
Samuel and chief executive Peter Scott, also a qualified chartered accountant, will expand on the group’s online vision as he unveils the results next Tuesday.
Ellis this month joined two business-to-business electronic markets, AllianceChem.com and ChemSingleSource.com, set-up by Solvay SA, with computer systems provided by International Business Machines Corp.
Ellis will join the exchange with three other competitor distributors – Stinnes AG’s Brenntag, Germany’s Penta and Biesterfield.
Alliance.com alone is predicted to carry 2.4bn euros of small to medium-sized orders from industrial clients across Europe, while ChemeSingleSource.com is aiming to handle a 1.5bn euro slice of the European market supplying the single source buyers for medium and large European companies.
Samuel says that Ellis has responded to the online challenge by pumping £1m updating its IT capability, which is likely to reach £4m over the next two years.
‘Our ERP system and business-to-business online capability will mean that we don’t need so many distribution points to reach the same amount of geographical range as our supply chain management becomes more efficient’, said Samuel.
Ironside Technologies is developing the Ellis site, which will be up and running in the autumn.
Samuel moved to Ellis in 1989 from Whessoe where he was group financial director and trained at Price Waterhouse in Birmingham.
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