is on the ball with Fabrix
Established in 1970, Wanganui-based
manufacturer, Backhouse Apparel Ltd,
produces woollen and oilskin garments
under the Backhouse and Barbour labels.
From 1989, Backhouse Apparel operated
as a branch of the UK-based company,
Barbour & Sons Ltd, before a management
buyout saw Noel Boyle and Simon Jones
take ownership of the business in 1999.
Boyle says the buyout was coupled with
the installation of the production management,
purchasing and accounting modules of
DDNC’s FABRIX software system.
“The reason that we decided to
go with DDNC was that they offered a
system that simplified and integrated
production management and the financials
all in one package, and it was easy
to use and easy to understand”,
FABRIX also provides employers and management
with the ability to identify inefficiencies
– right through from stock replenishment
and cutting, to the productivity levels
of individual employees.
“It lets us operate the place
effectively – it’s not as
labour intensive. Once you’ve
set up the system, you don’t have
to go in and action raw materials against
a job. It identifies material shortages
and lets you know when additional stock
needs to be ordered,” says Boyle,
who employs 25 people and supplies 300
stockists throughout New Zealand, in
addition to exports to Australia and
“DDNC is top level – they’re
a terrific team. They’re always
there for us. I actually couldn’t
fault them as far as support is concerned.
They come highly recommended from my
scheme of things”.