Tuesday, March 01, 2016

MCH Group selects IFS Applications 9 to enhance the management of key business processes and its supply chain

Leading live marketing group to deploy comprehensive IFS solution across its international business

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that the Live Marketing Solutions division of MCH Group, comprising subsidiaries such as Expomobilia (based in Effretikon, Switzerland) and Winkler (Wohlen, Switzerland), has decided to implement IFS Applications™ 9 to optimize its global business processes. The contract includes licenses and services worth approximately 1.4 million euros.

The MCH Group is a leading international group of live marketing companies with a comprehensive services network spanning the entire exhibition and event market.

MCH was looking for a new unified ERP solution since its legacy systems were not providing optimal support for the group’s numerous cross-company processes. After an extensive selection process, the Live Marketing Solutions division opted for IFS Applications.

When fully implemented, IFS Applications will empower some 200 staff with enhanced support for mission-critical processes such as multi-site and multi-currency project management and costing. The solution will also provide optimized support for material and rental management, helping the company increase its competitiveness and cost efficiency throughout its international value chain.

The IFS solution will support business processes such as financials, distribution, manufacturing, engineering, maintenance, sales & service, collaboration, human resource, CRM, project management and reporting, rentals, document management and quality management.

“We chose IFS because of the international orientation of the company and its software as well as its robust support of inter-company processes,” Richard Hämmerli, CFO, Live Marketing Solutions, MCH Group, said. “With IFS Applications, we can further increase the efficiency of our operations as well as accelerate them. This is of enormous importance with regard to international project management. Only with optimized processes can we remain competitive in the long term.”

“The agreement with MCH Group is further proof of our expertise in the project-based industries,” IFS Europe Central Vice President Sales & Marketing Peter Höhne said. “For companies that are active in this field, IFS offers an integrated lifecycle management solution that supports the individual requirements. We are very excited to start the implementation project and look forward to a long and successful relationship with the MCH Group.”

The implementation will start at MCH Group subsidiary Expomobilia, which constructs exhibition stands and pavilions, and event service provider Winkler Multi Media Events. These will be followed by Techno Fot AG, Rufener Events AG, Reflection Marketing AG, and MCH Global AG.

About MCH Group

The MCH Group is a leading international group of live marketing companies with a comprehensive services network spanning the entire exhibition and event market. It creates effective and efficient marketing platforms in the form of internationally and nationally leading exhibitions. And it offers bespoke marketing solutions for successful participation in exhibitions and also for other corporate and public events of all kinds – all over the world.

The MCH Group has its roots in the "Schweizer Mustermesse" (Swiss Sample Fair) which was established in Basel in 1916 and later became Messe Basel. The MCH Group takes in the exhibition companies in Basel, Zurich and Lausanne and several companies in the fields of "Live Marketing Solutions". The holding company, MCH Group Ltd., with its head office in Basel, is a joint stock company with the participation of public sector entities under the terms of Article 762 of the Swiss Code of Obligations. It is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. The group has around 730 permanent employees.

About IFS

IFS™ is a globally recognized leader in developing and delivering enterprise software for enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise service management (ESM). IFS brings customers in targeted sectors closer to their business, helps them be more agile and enables them to profit from change. IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 and currently has over 2,800 employees. IFS supports more than 1 million users worldwide from its network of local offices and through a growing ecosystem of partners. For more information visit: www.ifsworld.com.

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IFS discloses the information herein pursuant to the Financial Instruments Act (1991:980) and/or the Securities Markets Act (2007:528). The information was submitted for publication on March 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. CET.

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