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“Through global visibility over all account movements, we can better control corporate liquidity. With TIS we achieved a new level regarding control and compliance for our corporation.” -Katja Zimmermann, Head of Corporate Treasury, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Centralization and automation of payments

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (Heidelberg) has been a major provider and partner for the global printing industry for many years. With several sales and service branches and via partners, Heidelberg supplies its customers with products, services and consumables worldwide, generating group sales in the reporting year 2013/2014 of approx. 2,43 bio. €, of which 85% was achieved abroad. All in all some 12.500 employees work for Heidelberg worldwide.

In the past, Heidelberg operated „Finavigate“ from Siemens as a fully functional in-house bank, to which all corporate subsidiaries were connected. In this way, foreign payments were carried out by the parent group on behalf of the subsidiaries. However, there was a lack of control and transparency over payments, which had to be conducted locally by the foreign subsidiaries due to regulatory, technical or cost reasons.

As „Finavigate“ was no longer supported by the system provider, Heidelberg sought a new solution. The company saw the necessary system replacement as an opportunity, to further centralise global payments and to improve bank connectivity as well as SAP integration.

Additional challenges faced by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG were:

  • Lack of transparency and control over foreign payments of local subsidiaries
  • Lack of transparency and control over banking authorities
  • High effort for the establishment of new and the administration of existing banking interfaces
  • Manual effort due to the lack of SAP ERP integration
  • How did Heidelberger achieve transparency and control over all payments? Read more in the success story together with TIS

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