The Romanian company KIM, founded in 2012 by Vicențiu Corbu and specialised in providing software solutions for digitising business processes in the naval, oil and gas, logistics or production industries, plans to scale the business in other markets as well. With a solid background in international IT projects, most of which are for the aviation industry, but also climatology and software architecture, Vicențiu Corbu wants to integrate KIM solutions not only in factories, corporations and SMEs in Romania, but also in the companies from Asia. Thus, he estimates that in 2021 the company will reach a turnover of 1 million euros, but also to double this figure in the next year. So far, KIM has digitised 7 factories, 3 multinationals and several SMEs.
From one idea to a business of 1 million euros
In the manufacturing industry, there were thousands of hours of labor performed in production plants that were introduced in the companies computer systems at a distance of days, sometimes even weeks. Also, in the service industry, where maintenance people performed their work, the result was a report written on a paper. In 2012, our solution was represented by the phrase “KEEP IT MOBILE” and that was how KIM was defined. But in the following years, technologies evolved and we took our products to another level, optimising our clients production flows, the work of people in the field, and finally increasing productivity. Thus for 2021 the phrase that best defines what we do is Know, Improve, Maximise.
If, during 2012-2015, there was some reluctance towards digitalisation from Romanian companies, in the context of the pandemic, more businesses have begun to feel the importance of managing the operations remotely, to automate the operational flows, to know at any time the stage of production in a factory. At the level of the whole country, however, we face a much greater need for digitalisation compared to other states. KIM comes with software solutions that automate the business processes of companies in any field and thus, offers real-time visibility of all operations in the field, a growing need in recent times.
KIM current business and future plans
Last year, the company focused on completing the development of its own solutions, in which invested over 1 million eurosand this year, in the context of a rebranding, KIM launches the platform www.kim4industry.com with their 3 own solutions for automating production processes: KIM for Manufacturing, for the logistics sector: KIM for Logistics, but also for the field work: KIM for Field Service.
For the first time on the market, KIM also brings a new module with VR / AR capabilities to increase the employees productivity in factories, so that machine operators can see in real time the orders they have been allocated to and can mark immediately their competed tasks.