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Saft: Delivering to Customers Worldwide


  • Offering battery solutions for many different types of applications, in a range of market sectors
  • 4,300 employees & 3,000+ Customers worldwide
  • Present across 18 Countries and 14 Manufacturing sites
  • Annual Turnover c.€800m


  • In depth Sales & Operational overview detailing capacity utilisation and availability to promise across multiple manufacturing divisions
  • Detailed Production Planning based on Capacity and Material availability.
  • Material Supply Planning at Purchased Item level, based on accurate production demand.


Saft Go Live with sofco Supply Planning at their first 2 sites, 9 months after selecting sofco to power their Planning Project

Saft, a wholly owned subsidiary of Total, a leading international oil and gas company and major player in low-carbon energies, specialises in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customisation, and service provision.

For 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion for their customers. Saft’s innovative, safe, and reliable technology delivers high performance on land, at sea, in the air and in space. Saft is powering industry and smarter cities, while providing critical back-up functionality in remote and harsh environments from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert.

Why sofco?

The purpose of the Project was to implement a Finite Capacity Planning and ATP/CTP systems in the Saft Batteries Poitiers and Bordeaux Sites with a plan to roll out to 12 sites over a 5-year period. Saft chose sofco because of the capability and flexibility of the solution to support the business process and evolving requirements.

The Challenge

Saft were looking for a system to accurately plan and resource production and supply capabilities across differing market sectors which included having detailed operational plans at production resource level giving Saft a Sales & Operations Planning overview at a strategic level.

The Solution

Saft selected sofco Supply Planning with Available to Promise (ATP); Capable to Promise (CTP) and WIP Management. After going live, the system handles over 29,000 active products, 187,000 Bills of Material Items and 138 separate manufacturing processes covering both make-to-stock and make-to-order modes.

sofco Supply Planning gives Saft an in-depth Sales and Operational overview detailing capacity utilisation, Available to Promise (ATP) and Capable to Promise (CTP), along with a detailed Production Plan based on capacity and material availability across multiple manufacturing divisions. Since going live Saft now have accurate and achievable planning with targeted reductions in inventory and Work in Progress (WIP).

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