Austin Powder Expects Boom in Efficiency with the Esker AP Automation Solution

  Austin Powder Expects Boom in Efficiency with the Esker AP Automation
  Solution

Business Wire

MADISON, Wis. -- March 5, 2013

Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and SAP^®
software solution and technology partner, today announced it has been selected
by Austin Powder – Argentina, a subsidiary of Austin Powder of Ohio, USA, and
an established provider of blasting products and services, to integrate with
the company’s SAP application and fully automate Accounts Payable (AP)
processing.

Austin Powder recently developed plans to modernize the vendor invoicing
process of its Rafaela, Argentina location with the goal of finding a tool
that could create electronic versions of invoices and securely store them.
Control and visibility within the current process was low, and, as a growing
organization, Austin Powder wanted to ensure it was equipped to handle larger
invoice volumes efficiently, effectively, and without adding more staff.

Shared services center model

Austin Powder was introduced to Esker early on in its search for a new AP
solution. The goal of finding a one-dimensional repository tool quickly
changed after realizing it could utilize Esker to transform its Rafaela
location into a shared services center model with AP automation capabilities
such as OCR. “We have remote offices throughout the country that also receive
payables, so Esker’s ability to centralize validation and the entire process
really excites us,” said Pablo Manfredi, CFO of Austin Powder – Argentina. “We
see it as a great opportunity to unify our remote offices and shore up the
business model moving forward.”

The ability of the Esker solution to co-exist with the company’s newly
implemented SAP system was also a driving factor in the process. Crystalis
Consulting, a global information technology and services provider, and Esker
partner, played a key role in the final decision. “Knowing that Crystalis is
one of the leading SAP partners out there, Esker’s strong business
relationship with them is a huge plus in our eyes,” said Manfredi. “We know we
are dealing with a highly reputable company, and that gives us a lot of
confidence.”

High expectations

Understanding the challenges it faces as a growing company in an uncertain
economic climate, Austin Powder is optimistic about the opportunities the
Esker solution will present. The benefits of automated AP processing for
shared services centers include: electronic workflow for a more efficient,
streamlined process; real-time tracking and reporting capabilities; country
code management; cross border support; and the ability to leverage automation
across multiple business processes if desired.

“More and more multi-location companies are using the shared services center
model in order to more effectively manage AP functions, and we’re excited to
play a large role in that development,” said Steve Smith, Chief Operating
Officer at Esker. “Not only does our solution allow Austin Powder – Argentina
to address their immediate needs (adding control and visibility to their
purchase-to-pay process, improving SLAs to their internal clients, etc.), the
centralized model puts them in prime position for handling business growth in
the coming years. Maintaining a competitive edge is imperative, and this is
becoming a go-to solution for achieving that.”

About Austin Powder

Based out of Cleveland, OH, with subsidiaries worldwide, Austin Powder was
founded in 1833 as a manufacturer of black powder used to blast rocks, mine
coal and create canals. Today, Austin Powder’s commercial explosives are
primarily used for construction, mining, quarrying and seismic exploration,
with products that include: detonating cord, detonator-sensitive emulsions,
cast boosters, high-explosive emulsions, and electric/ non-electric
detonators. Austin International, through joint ventures and partnerships,
provides explosives for projects outside the U.S., with principal divisions
that include Austin International, Austin Detonator and Austin Star Detonator.

About Crystalis Consulting

With 14 offices worldwide, Crystalis Consulting is a global consultancy that
specializes in information technology, providing solutions to improve business
competitiveness and optimizing business processes for maximized profitability.
As part of the Spanish Seidor Group of companies, Crystalis offers the
broadest portfolio of services in the SAP^® ecosystem. Crystalis is also part
of the largest alliance of SAP consultants for small and medium businesses
worldwide, United VAR’s, an association composed of the SAP’s leading global
VAR partners.

About Esker

Esker is the worldwide leader in document process automation solutions.
Addressing all types of business processes from accounts payable and accounts
receivable to sales order processing and procurement, Esker cloud computing
solutions enable companies to automate the reception, processing and sending
of any business document with one platform. Esker helps over 80,000 companies
across the world to reduce the use of paper and eliminate manual processes
while improving their productivity, efficiency and environmental impact.

With 40.3 million euros in sales revenue in 2012, Esker operates in North
America, Europe and Asia Pacific with global headquarters in Lyon, France and
U.S. headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. Esker is listed on the NYSE Alternext
in Paris (Code ISIN FR0000035818). For more information, visit www.esker.com.
Follow Esker on Twitter at twitter.com/eskerinc and join the conversation on
the Esker blog at www.quitpaper.com.

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Contact:

Corporate Contact:
Esker Inc.
Gina Leranth, 608.828.6141
gina.leranth@esker.com
or
Investor Relations Contact:
Esker S.A.
Emmanuel Olivier, 33 (0)4 72 83 46 46
olivier@esker.fr
 
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