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Unilin Flooring Reduces B2B Workflow Development Time by 60 Percent Using Covast EDI Accelerator
Covast drastically improves supply chain flexibility, customer responsiveness through EDI integration

ATLANTA – November 15, 2005 – Covast, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions for collaborative business environments, today announced that Unilin Flooring has selected the Covast EDI Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server. Unilin Flooring, a division of Mohawk Industries Group, is a global provider of Quick-Step laminate flooring to more than 100 countries throughout the world. Since initial implementation in 2004, Unilin Flooring has reduced the amount of time programmers spend adding B2B workflows by 60 percent.

Unilin Flooring has implemented the Covast EDI Accelerator to expedite the development of EDI messaging and further enhance integration capabilities provided by Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. Prior to implementing the Covast and Microsoft BizTalk Server solution, the company’s programmers struggled to add new EDI messages, workflows and partners into its legacy EDI system. Unilin Flooring needed more flexibility and faster integration capabilities to ensure that its B2B communication processes remained efficient.

To overcome these challenges, the company turned to Microsoft BizTalk Server’s integration and single development environment capabilities. Because it uses the same rules and development environment as BizTalk, the Covast EDI Accelerator was a natural fit to further improve EDI messaging and integration capabilities.

“As Unilin Flooring continues to grow, so has our need for efficiency, process management and integration. The Covast-BizTalk solution has helped us realize two major accomplishments – first, we have a more flexible and responsive supply chain; second, we have drastically reduced the amount of time and money required to do business with our customers, suppliers and partners,” said Hans Valcke, Internet and integration project leader, Unilin Group.

In addition to realizing significant cost and time reductions, Unilin Flooring has seen a spike in the number of customers and suppliers being added into the system using a wider variety of EDI standards and protocols. This is crucial to the global presence of the company. With more than 900 employees across the world and customers in more than 100 countries, the Covast-BizTalk solution allows the company’s developers to quickly add or edit any workflow regardless of the native standard or protocol used by the trading partner.

“The success of today’s companies is contingent upon its ability to be responsive and flexible to the demands of suppliers and customers. Covast’s integration technology gives these companies the ability to monitor business activity across the supply chain and quickly integrate changes, whether it’s a new business process or a new customer,” said Daan Scheer, CEO, Covast.

To learn more about the Covast EDI Accelerator, please visit

About Covast

Covast provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration solutions that bridge the gap between legacy applications and today’s new Internet standards. The company offers a suite of products designed to facilitate fast, cost-effective integration of EDI applications and systems into single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk Server and IBM WebSphere. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners and customers including Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more information, visit

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