Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Damen Shipyards goes live with IFS Applications

Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, has implemented IFS Applications to streamline its business processes throughout the organization and improve usability through adding IFS Enterprise Explorer, a modern user-friendly, intuitive interface that increases operational productivity.

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is part of the Damen Shipyards Group, employing more than 6,700 people worldwide. The Damen Shipyards Group annually builds 150 ships, ranging from tugboats and ferries to navy frigates and super yachts, and has a large number of repair yards. Damen Shipyards Gorinchem uses IFS Applications for Service Management to manage ship repairs and spare parts sales. In addition, Damen uses call center and warranties management functionality from IFS to handle customer queries related to warranties. It will also use IFS Applications to run its financials processes. As of next spring, Damen will also use the contract management and project management components in IFS Applications. With these components, the company will be able to support all kind of projects from service, repair work to new fabrication projects.

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem chose IFS Applications at the end of 2009 to improve project monitoring and efficiency. With this solution, the company reduced delivery times and optimized information flows. This was all done within the framework of the ‘Dawn’ project, in which Damen focuses on introducing uniform processes, systems and master data in all product groups and throughout the production chain. Aart-Jan van der Wekken, ERP Project Leader of Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, says, “Our principal reasons for choosing IFS were the modern user-friendly user interface, IFS’ global service and support network, and the fact that the project, service, engineering, purchasing, logistics and fabrication processes were completely integrated.”

”We have long experience of working with global customers in project-based industries who manage projects across national boundaries. For many years, we have focused on developing best-practice industry solutions in cooperation with our customers. We believe this has been a crucial success factor in the project,” Nico van Heuven, Managing Director of IFS Benelux, said.

The project based industry is one of IFS’ targeted vertical market segments. IFS offers a complete, integrated industry-specific solution that manages the entire project and asset lifecycle from engineering, procurement, material management and fabrication to installation and commissioning. IFS Applications includes functionality for contract and project management, risk management, budgeting and forecasting, engineering and material management, manufacturing, document management, service and asset management, all integrated with financials and human resources. IFS targets EPCI contractors, project-based manufacturers and service providers. Customers include Hertel Group, Grenland Group, Babcock Engineering Services, Heerema Fabrication Group, STX Europe, Dresser-Rand, Yantai Raffles, and Seawell.

About Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards Group, established in 1927, has grown to acquire a leading position in modular shipbuilding based on standardized designs. The concept was introduced in 1969, giving Damen the ability to offer its customers well-proven vessels, very short delivery times and competitive prices.

With more than 30 shipyards and related companies all over the world, Damen is involved in new construction as well as maintenance and repair activities. In addition, the company provides a broad range of associated maritime services. In keeping with its ambition to serve its customers, Damen has established a reputation for efficient post-delivery support.

More information is available at www.DAMEN.nl

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 agile businesses 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 more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2009 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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