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CastAlum is an internationally acclaimed aluminium diecaster, located in Mid Wales. The site was a Greenfield development in the winter of 2000-2001, serving one customer only. Less than 10 years on, the company supplies parts to the UK, Germany, Poland, Canada and Mexico and recently won its first order from a truck manufacturer in the Far-East. 70% of all production is for export, with components going into vehicles produced by Jaguar, Aston Martin, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Fiat, Renault, Porsche and Mercedes.

Over the past 2 years the Company has invested heavily in the development of new products. Today, one in ten vehicles produced in Europe has a steering gear housing manufactured by CastAlum in Welshpool. The company has 150 employees.

The Drive for Change

CastAlum was currently using a paper timesheet system to record employee working times and this data was then being manually reconciled and entered into Sage Payroll. This system was not only inefficient but potentially inaccurate. The company therefore decided to seek a modern time and attendance system that would help them plan and manage employee working times, give real-time information on attendance and provide accurate payroll data.

Choosing Carval

Following an evaluation of a number of solutions CastAlum selected Unitend from the Carval HR Unity software range. Unitend’s features include WTD monitoring, shift rotas, rostering, skills search, banked hours and tools for controlling lateness, absence, overtime, and project costs. Access control and the latest data capture methods were also available. Additional to these facilities was a capability to integrate with CastAlum’s 3rd party Payroll solution provided by Sage meaning that accurate payroll and absence data could be shared without the need for time-consuming and potentially inaccurate duplicated data entry and manual reconciliation.

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