Monday, January 30, 2012

IFS and NEC launch solution for the food and beverage industry in Thailand

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE:6701), announce today the launch of an extension to IFS Applications, the enterprise applications suite, for the Thai food and beverage industry. The extension is the result of a joint project involving both companies and can be implemented as a NEC cloud computing service or as a standard server solution.

The extension has been developed to meet the demands of companies within the food and beverage industry that plan and produce main products, co-products and by-products from one raw material in a single process, such as dairies and meat processing plants. The solution also includes rich functionality for trade management as an essential part of the distribution process.

The solution is a joint offer from IFS and NEC and will initially be presented to the Thai market. The two companies have many customers worldwide within the food and beverage industry. By combining the two companies’ extensive industry experiences, IFS and NEC can offer companies a true best-practice industry solution. The solution is available as an extension of IFS Applications 7.5 SP5 and can be deployed as a standard server solution or as a NEC cloud computing service. The solution will later be launched in other Asian markets.

“We are very excited to enter the food and beverage industry in Thailand as a first step, and later in other Asian markets, together with NEC. Our long-standing partnership makes us well-positioned to succeed in this dynamic market. We are working together towards extended functionality within the industry in order to address all customers within the sector,” said Jan Brunæs, President, IFS Asia Pacific.

“Together, NEC and IFS are positioned to offer the industry an optimal solution geared towards food and beverage production. As the extension will be available as either a server solution, or as a NEC cloud computing service, customers will be able to choose their own technological and financial solution for their investment,” said Fumiyasu Hirano, Vice President and General Manager, NEC.

Process manufacturing is one of IFS’s targeted markets. IFS provides industry-specific functionality for enterprises in chemicals, food & beverage, paint & ink, and pharmaceuticals. IFS Applications™ supports all critical business processes, including material compliance, batch balancing, recipe management, quality management and demand planning. The application suite also includes solutions for enterprise asset management, product lifecycle management, customer relationship management, finance and human resource management.

IFS process manufacturing customers include Jotun, Flint Group, Dyrup, Willamette Valley Company, Akzo Nobel, Becker Acroma, Farrow & Ball, Teknos and Becker Industrial Coatings, Pepsi, PFX Pet Supply, Chingford Fruit, Imerys, SSAB, Hutmen, Nucor Corp, Holmen Paper and SCA Graphics.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.

For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

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About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2010 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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