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"The solution is unique and extremely helpful in delivering the return that our shareholders expect of us."

— Paul Coombe, Supply Chain Director

We worked with Nampak to build a customized profit-based optimization solution for the detailed planning and scheduling of glass bottles in the company’s three furnaces, called GOBSS (Glass Optimization Business Software Solution).

We are grateful for the words of appreciation from higher management and proud that this project has a confirmed pay back period of less than 4 months. This is a wonderful acknowledgment of our work with the Nampak planning team.


Thanks to GOBSS, Nampak is able to

  • Respond quickly to customer changes in the market and production changes internally.
  • Quantify planning changes in a financial way.
  • Extract more value from their planning process.
  • Maintain customer service at a reasonable level of profit for the business.


"The Nampak Glass Business Strategy was clear from the onset; use technology to facilitate sound and informed business decisions; the investment in business planning software therefore became expectedly, but critically one of the improvement pillars in our quest towards the Nampak Glass Business Optimization intervention. The development, customization and “go live” of the AIMMS software for Nampak were done in record time, enhancing our business rhythm, but more importantly delivered incredible stability operationally.  Districon was instrumental in fast tracking and delivering the software solution to Nampak.  We have taken a massive step forward, created much needed stability and visibility, but more importantly, exceeding customer expectations, what a journey."
— Pieter van den Berg, Divisional Managing Director

"Our goal is to be able to make fast, efficient and comprehensive business decisions in an environment where demands are constantly changing. GOBSS now enables us to do that. AIMMS was identified as a powerful and versatile tool with partner Districon as an outfit with the ability to harness and extract the most that the AIMMS engine has to offer. We chose this team for that very reason. Our business requirements are not only complex but unique in nature and working with the right tools and the right team was imperative for us to achieve our goals.  GOBSS allows us to make better informed decisions, it is flexible, easily implemented, and quick to deliver. It has achieved the project‘s pay-back expectations by making better informed decisions."
— Paul Coombe, Supply Chain Director

About Nampak

Nampak is Africa’s leading packaging company. Nampak Glass, the bottling division of the company, operates a world-class manufacturing plant in Roodekop, South Africa. They provide customers with an extremely diverse range of award-winning glass products, assisting them with bottle inception, technical drawing and design requirements as well as trial mold testing.