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logistics and warehousing, planning, subcontracting and human resources- vastly increases efficiency. It is now developing the system still further, with its ultimate goal of achieving operational excellence in mind at all times. But effective systems are only ever half the story. Ant Yapi recognises the importance of having the best possible personnel both on- site and in its offices, and as such, every summer term it offers apprenticeships to students from universities and vocational colleges. If, after graduating, the student wishes to work for Ant Yapi, they are then recruited by the company, offering them an unrivalled opportunity to work on major projects with a highly experienced construction team. New recruits are also given a chance to work in different departments in order to fast- track their development if appropriate. With such a prolific portfolio of projects already to its name and more underway, Ant Yapi looks set to maintain its fast pace of diversification and expansion in some of the world's most exciting locations. - Editorial research by Yohan Jayasooriya equipment park, worth an estimated $ 35 million, which comprises heavy construction equipment, concrete dispatching equipment, prefabrication equipment, formworks, light construction equipment, surveying equipment and a fleet of vehicles. Ant Yapi puts great emphasis on being able to offer the most appropriate solutions to its clients and treating them as business partners. It's a strategy that must be paying off; work comes to the firm via word of mouth and recommendations from previous customers, with very little required in the way of external advertising. The company prides itself on completing its projects on time and on budget, without the need to sacrifice quality. Its ability to do this largely depends on the supply chain. Using IT to shorten the procurement process, the focus for Ant Yapi is to get materials on- site on a just- in- time basis, via a seamless flow of information and materials that encounters no interruption. Co- ordinating multiple projects between different locations is always going to be a challenge, but the company has found that using varying modules from a single platform for every element of the business process- including purchasing, Ant Yapi September / October 09 www. bus- ex. com 91

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