Some of the UK's biggest manufacturers are struggling to meet millennium compliance schedules.
Boots the Chemist and electronics manufacturer GEC have slipped beyond their self imposed targets, while chemicals giant ICI will overshoot its budget.
Many firms aimed to complete work by the end of 1998. The financial sector looks to have succeeded, but manufacturers, faced with checking embedded chips and specialised systems, are still at work. Computing's millennium confidence panel rates manufacturing as one of the worst prepared sectors.
Boots the Chemist will complete its compliance work in the second quarter of 1999 said Year 2000 programme manager, Geoff Salt. He said some implementations had been delayed to avoid the Christmas season.
"We targeted the end of 1998, and largely we've done it," said Salt, "But some implementations have been held over."
GEC's year 2000 programme director Richard Wignall said his office was still checking compliance for new systems and said: "I think we're in reasonably good shape."
ICI has withdrawn its #80 million budget for compliance, after US legal advice.
For more stories, see 28 January issue of 'Computing'
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