Smurfit Recycling is to install an enterprise resource planning system tailored for the waste and recycling industry.
The Regenerist software will replace the paper recycling firm's existing accounts handling system, which is nearly 10 years old.
Regenerist, created by Cedilla Systems, is based on Microsoft Business Solutions' Navision technology. It will integrate accounts, sales, purchasing, contract management, waste tracking and analysis, fleet management, equipment hire and human resources management.
Smurfit hopes to have the system fully operational by the start of next year. It will bring in the software in five phases, with the first starting later this month.
Kim Jenkins, Smurfit's head of IT, said the ERP update reflected the need to make data more easily accessible to managers across the group, as the existing Unix-based system was starting to hold back the company's expansion plans.
Regenerist, which uses a SQL Server database operating in a Windows environment, will run on Smurfit's existing HP Proliant servers and be implemented across its nine sites in the UK.
Gary Large, general manager at Smurfit, said, "Regenerist will support processes across the entire company from end to end, providing access to more timely, accurate and appropriate information."
He added that employees would benefit particularly from the fully customisable, graphical user interface, which will present role-specific information to them in an easy-to-use and intuitive format.