Friday, March 04, 2011

IFS signs MRO provider Alitalia Maintenance Systems S.p.A.

Alitalia Maintenance Systems S.p.A. (AMS), a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company, has purchased IFS Applications to optimize its MRO processes and shorten turnaround times. The agreement, which includes IFS Applications licenses, maintenance and services, is valued at more than € 1 million.

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AMS delivers maintenance and repair services on commercial jet engines in its facility in Rome. IFS Applications will enable AMS to meet the increasing challenges of its industry by ensuring consistent, reliable documentation of processes and work. By the fall of 2011, MRO processes will be fully integrated into one MRO and ERP system delivered by IFS, reducing turnaround times and optimizing the spare parts and maintenance planning functions. The solution will also provide full ERP functionality by delivering human resource management, supply chain management and financials, all in a single, fully integrated, enterprise-wide solution.

“IFS Applications is a powerful, effective product that offered the best engine overhaul solution. With its agile implementation methodology, IFS can provide rapid implementation to satisfy the growth strategy of AMS in the future. We were also impressed by the industry experience of IFS and the high levels of competence displayed by IFS consultants in aerospace and defense, and especially in the engine overhaul processes,” Giancarlo Rago, Purchasing and IT Director at AMS, said.

Peter Höhne, Vice President Sales & Marketing, IFS Central Europe, added, “We are very proud to welcome AMS as a strategic customer in aerospace and defense MRO, one of our focused segments. We are pleased to have met the demanding industry-specific requirements of AMS with our dedicated MRO functionality and our depth of knowledge in the segment. With our Italian partner, Insirio, with his headquarters in Rome, we also have a strong and reliable integrator onsite.”

Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS Applications™ provides market-leading off-the-shelf component-based solutions that support Performance Based Logistics (PBL), Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), and Fleet Operator programs; and solutions for Defense Manufacturing, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Asset & Fleet Management, Supply Chain Management and Product Lifecycle Management.

Customers include the United States Army and Air Force Materiel Commands, the British Navy and Army and the Norwegian Navy and Air Force, as well as the Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops and service operators include Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, K&L Microwave, Hawker Pacific, Ensign Bickford, Todd Pacific Shipyards and Lufthansa Technik Qantas (LTQ, formerly known as Jet Turbine Systems). In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, Saab and GE Aircraft Engines.

About Alitalia Maintenance Systems S.p.A.

Alitalia Maintenance Systems S.p.A.. (AMS) is split between Iniziativa Prima S.p.A. (66%), European Advanced Technology S.A. (19%) and Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A. (15%). The company includes about 400 specialized technicians who carry out maintenance and overhauling for the engines of the Alitalia fleet and those of third parties from other countries. AMS is based at Fiumicino airport in a modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment able to handle 100 engines and 200 APUs (Auxiliary Power Units) annually.

For more information about AMS, please visit :www.alitaliamaintenancesystems.it

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 more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2010 was SKr 2.6 billion.

The information is that which IFS is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 4 March, 2011, at 08:00 a.m. CET.

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