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  • Configura partners with AJ Products

    Configura partners with AJ Products to develop a CET Designer software extension to simplify warehouse planning

    AJ Products will use its CET Designer Extension to simplify how warehouse spaces are designed

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—Mar. 1, 2017— Configura, the creator of CET Designer space-planning software, announces partnership with Sweden based AJ Products to create a CET Designer Extension. AJ Products manufactures and sells material handling solutions and is one of the first companies in the material-handling industry to join the CET Designer community.

    Configura, a Linköping-based company, is the leading provider of design, specification and ordering software that enables 2D and 3D design, photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos, virtual reality experiences, instant bills of materials and installation documents. The company offers software solutions built with Configura Extension Technology (CET), which enables manufacturers to create their own Extensions to be plugged into the core software CET Designer.

    Configura’s solutions are used by Kinnarps, Marbodal, Kvik, Bisley, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, KI, Inscape and dozens of other office furniture and kitchen manufacturers. More than 10,000 designers and salespeople around the world use Configura’s software solutions.

    AJ Solutions Business Area Manager Erik Einarsson decided to invest in a CET Designer Extension because he saw a need for an all-in-one tool for internal employees to design warehouse spaces using AJ Products’ line of products.

    Having previously worked with Configura, Einarsson knew the company understood the intricacy involved in designing a warehouse space. It’s a process than can be time-consuming and complicated – one requiring an intelligent tool that can handle complex product configurations in large drawings.

    “To be able to help our customers plan and visualize their interiors, we needed a competent tool,” said Einarsson. “I chose to partner with Configura because I know they can deliver what we need, and they understand the complexity of these systems.”

    An Extension is a collection of manufacturer’s products that they want to use in CET Designer. The products within an extension can contain programming code, which allows the product to be smart. Manufacturer’s such as AJ Products create a CET Designer Extension to have rules built into the product so the user doesn’t have to know how the product can be configured and is visually presented with all options on the screen. The product can be stretch and configured based on the rules that have been programmed.

    “With CET Designer’s amazing ability to handle calculations at the same time as it does space planning and visualizing, it will be a great tool to streamline and simplify the quotation and sales process for companies in the field of material handling” Tobias Wester, Chief Information Officer for Configura said.

    AJ Products tentatively plans to launch its Extension in March 2017, with the goal to simplify the selling process and make it easier to help plan and visualize its customer’s interiors.

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    About Configura
    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer
    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

    About AJ Products
    Since 1975, AJ Products has been the leader in the office, warehouse and industry interior market. By combining design, innovation, manufacturing and working with handpicked partners, AJ Products offer a broad range of products that fits the need for all its customers. AJ Products’ is headquarter in Halmstad, Sweden. AJ Products operates throughout 19 countries in Europe. More at www.ajproducts.com.

  • Configura partners with Constructor

    Configura partners with Constructor to develop a CET Designer software extension to simplify warehouse planning

    LINKÖPING, SWEDEN—March 6, 2017— Configura, maker of CET Designer space-planning software, will partner with Constructor to create a CET Designer Extension for Constructor Group’s brand of storage and logistic solutions. Constructor will use CET Designer to simplify how it designs spaces and specifies material handling equipment for its customers.

    “We started thinking about using a tool like CET Designer to support a key customer partnership,” Constructor Chief Sales Officer Richard Moss said. “After investigating the potential partnership with Configura, we saw additional benefits beyond, we’ll be able to give all of our customers an enhanced sales and ordering experience.”

    Used by thousands of people globally, CET Designer helps manufacturers and their dealers by providing a single software solution for space planning and product ordering. The solution is used in a number of industries that manufacture and market configurable products; industries include material handling, office furniture, kitchen and bath, industrial machinery and laboratory/healthcare.

    CET Designer is Configura’s “core” Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC)-based software platform; an Extension is an addition to the program with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer’s products. Because the solution is rules-based, it won’t let users make mistakes.

    Manufacturers partner with Configura for CET Designer Extensions in order to make selling their products fast, easy and extremely accurate. The highly visual software enables 2D and 3D design, photorealistic renderings, fly-thru videos, instant bills of materials and installation documents, and now, virtual reality experiences.

    “Specifying warehouses and similar spaces is time-consuming and complicated, and requires an intelligent tool such as CET Designer that can handle complex product configurations and large drawings. Constructor’s CET Designer Extension will make it easy for Constructor to design and install a variety of space-planning solutions,” said Johan Bengtsson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Configura.

    Added Moss: “Our goal is to use CET Designer to drive efficiency in the sales support cycle, which will result in faster customer responses and flexibility of design variations.”

    CET Designer is the leading space-planning software solution in the North American office furniture industry where Configura partners with such companies as Steelcase, Haworth, Herman Miller and others. Configura is growing in Asia, and has a large presence in the kitchen and bath industry in the Nordic countries. The company is expanding in the material handling industry in Europe and across the globe. Headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, Configura also has offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    “Configura is big enough to be stable for the future but small enough to care about its customers – that, in addition to its advanced software solution, is a key reason we chose to partner with them,” Moss said. Constructor plans to release its CET Designer Extension before summer 2017.

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    About Configura

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling, Industrial Machinery, and Laboratory and Healthcare industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 120 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $13 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

    About Constructor Group AS

    Constructor Group AS is a leading manufacturer and provider of high-quality storage solutions marketed throughout Europe under the Constructor, Bruynzeel, Kasten, Dexion and PSS brands. Since 2007, Constructor Group has been owned by Altor Fund II and is one of the largest providers of storage solutions in Europe. Its products range from innovative pallet racking and shelving technology to office and archive storage solutions. The company provides a complete package of services – including consultancy, planning and maintenance – whether the requirement is for the fitting of a warehouse or a shelving solution for a museum, office or library. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Constructor Group AS has modern manufacturing facilities and more than 1,100 employees and factories in Russia, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany and Finland. Constructor Group AS products are sold throughout Europe as well as globally, including in Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. More information at www.constructor-group.com/About-us/.

  • Configura signs Sunon as its newest partner

    Configura's CET Designer software will help China's largest office furniture manufacturer to grow its global brand

     LINKÖPING, SWEDEN, AND KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—March 2, 2017—Configura, maker of CET Designer space-planning software, has signed Sunon – the largest office furniture manufacturer in China – as a partner. Sunon is investing in a CET Designer Extension in order to simplify its sales and order process and expand into new global markets.

    Configura and Sunon began collaborating to develop Sunon’s CET Designer Extension last fall, and the Extension will launch at the end of March during CIFF (the China International Furniture Fair).
    An Extension is an addition to CET Designer with functionality that incorporates all of the rules, parts and pricing of a given manufacturer's products. Manufacturers partner with Configura by investing in their own Extensions(s) in order to make selling their produccts easier and more accurate. 
    Sunon is Configura’s first customer in China.
    Sunon leadership said they chose Configura’s CET Designer software because it’s the most advanced and complete solution for the sales and order process. The platform allows for quotations, quick renderings, VR visualization, bills of materials, installation documents and more.
    Configura CEO Johan Lyreborn said the Sunon partnership affirms Configura’s vision to make Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC) available worldwide. PGC is the technology and business philosophy on which CET Designer is based.
    "Signing Sunon is proof that Configura's vision is possible: to be the global leader and provider of PGC-based solutions for industries that make and sell configurable products," Lyreborn said.
    Sunon chose CET Designer after detailed study and comparison of other software companies and platforms. Configura’s longevity in the industry – in addition to its groundbreaking research and development through the years – influenced Sunon’s decision to partner with Configura.
    Sunon also chose CET Designer because so many furniture dealers and designers around the globe now use the software. The company expects CET Designer to help build its global brand and sales activity.
    Sunon (Zhejiang SUNON Furniture Manufacture Co., Ltd.) was established in 1991. With 2015 annual sales of 1.521 billion Chinese yuan ($220 million USD), the company has been one of China’s top commercial furniture manufacturers for years. Headquartered in the city of Hangzhou, Sunon has manufacturing facilities in the Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou and in the city of Haining. Both cities are in the Zhejiang Province of China.
     
    Sunon clients in Asia include some big names: China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Alibaba.
    “We’re looking at our collaboration with Sunon as a breakthrough for both companies – we’ll advance and grow together,” said Configura Chief Financial Officer Niels Madsen, who oversees Configura's Asia operations from Configura's Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, office. "As a leader in China, Sunon can help Configura to become the space-planning standard for the Chinese office furniture industry.”
    Configura's Kula Lumpur office, which opened in 2012, played a key role in landing Sunon as a partner. To keep up with growth in Asia, Configura plans to open an office in China in 2017. 
    Configura for years has been the space-planning solution of choice in multiple industries in Europe, and the company has grown significantly in the Americas. In addition to the office furniture inudstry, Configura provides software solutions for the ktichen and bath, material handling, industrial machinery, and labrotary/healthcare industries. The Swedish company was named "Growth Company of the Year" at Linköpings Näringslivsgala, an awards program that promotes business growth in Linköping where Configura is headquartered. The company also has a Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA office.
    “We’re about providing solutions that help companies simplify their processes, increase their revenues and make their clients really happy with a great sales experience,” Configura Business Development Manager Wanlin Chee said. “It’s because CET Designer helps at all levels of the sales and order process: Designers are more creative and efficient; salespersons provide faster customer service; and manufacturers have a better understanding of projects and their customers’ product needs.”
  • Configura announces February CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free February webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Feb. 15
    Feb. 27

    ProjectSymbols in CET Designer

    Feb. 8
    Feb. 28

    Kom igång med CET Designer (Swedish)

    Feb. 16
    Feb. 27

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Learn more at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

  • Configura announces January CET Designer webinars

    Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free January webinars with CET Designer instructors:

    Getting Started with CET Designer

    Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. ET
    Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. ET
    Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
    Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET
    Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET
    Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. ET

    Architecture in CET Designer

    Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. ET
    Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. ET

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user, anywhere in the world. Please call 877-568-4106 and click on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com/cet/training.