A Record Year for Centriq Group
April 15, 2015
New customer wins and strong organic growth enable Voiteq and Cirrus Logistics to post record results in all regions
Voiteq and Cirrus Logistics, part of Centriq Group, have delivered outstanding results and growth in 2014. In addition to adding over 40 new Voice sites and securing large contracts with global customers in the retail, consumer goods and oil & gas industries, the Group’s strong local capability in each region has resulted in substantial repeat business from existing customers. In line with these results, the Group invested further in its highly skilled personnel and added more than 12 specialists to the team, taking the total number of staff to over 100.
The Centriq Group now consists of four subsidiaries: Voiteq UK, Voiteq North America, Voiteq France and Cirrus Logistics; each headed by experienced industry leaders.
Having established a firm base in 2011, the North American operation achieved spectacular growth of over 70 per cent; winning a number of new projects including a large, multi-site Voice rollout with an international automotive manufacturer and an industry leading deployment of Voice inspection to a large utility supplier. A key milestone for the region was the appointment of senior vice president John Roth whose considerable management and Voice experience will accelerate the ongoing expansion in North America.
In March 2014, the Group further expanded its international reach with the acquisition of Teknix, a French Voice specialist with an exceptional track record of innovative solutions. Headed by Rémy Meulins, Voiteq France enjoyed strong growth; winning its largest project ever with a national publisher, securing its first VoiceMan execution system customer and further enhancing its market leading screen-to-voice offering.
Cirrus Logistics, under experienced Managing Director Simon Shore, delivered outstanding growth and international expansion. The subsidiary’s SEABERTH product began a global rollout with a leading oil and gas corporation and both the CLASS and COST2SERV products were selected by new customers in the UK, Middle East, Asia and South America. The Cirrus consulting team also saw a strong increase in demand for their warehouse solutions design capabilities with projects across the globe.
2014 also marked record growth for Voiteq UK. Ongoing investment in the subsidiary’s resources, service offering and core VoiceMan products, resulted in key new customer wins as well as strong rollout and upgrade business from existing customers. The exceptional year culminated with the appointment of Isabel McCabe as UK Managing Director who brings a wealth of operations, IT and supply chain knowledge to the business.
“Five years ago, we set ourselves a goal to double the size of our business and expand internationally. With our dedicated team of professionals, award winning products and customer focused solutions, we have been able to more than achieve that goal and have become the ‘go to’ Voice, supply chain modelling and port scheduling specialists in the market,” remarked David Stanhope, CEO of Centriq Group.
The year also saw Voiteq winning the prestigious IGD award in Supply Chain Innovation for its VoiceMan Intelligent Volumetric Cubing solution at Kellogg’s; as well as being shortlisted in the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The company was also named as the Bidvest 3663 Supplier of the Year and was once again recognised as Honeywell’s Vocollect Voice Partner of the Year for EMEA and remains the largest certified Voice provider globally.
“We have very dedicated and skilled teams that we’re very proud of. It’s our people, solutions and valued customers that make our business a success,” commented Stanhope. “We have just closed the books on our best performing year to date and remain focused on continuing our success in 2015.”