Friday, May 25, 2007

Leading aerospace manufacturer to implement IFS business software at seven global sites

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that APPH, a leading systems integrator whose capabilities include the design and manufacture of hydraulic equipment and landing gear systems for the worlds’ aircraft industry, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications™ 7 business software. IFS will provide manufacturing and advanced planning and scheduling, in addition to maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) to more than 250 users at seven APPH locations around the world.

APPH Group, a part of BBA Aviation PLC, is a landing gear and hydraulic systems integrator who produce and support equipment for military, civil and business aviation. APPH also has an Engineering Design facility dedicated to the design, test, certification, and support for their equipment.  APPH is taking major steps to grow its business in the global aviation systems market. IFS Applications was chosen to support APPH’s expansion, providing support for enhanced levels of customer service, particularly in aircraft on ground situations, and to help improve internal  process workflows and efficiencies.

“After an in-depth evaluation of the options available, we chose IFS for its proven and reliable single-solution business software,” said David Haslam, Managing Director, APPH Group. “Original design, through manufacture, and on to repair and overhaul in an aerospace environment demands top-quality support systems and flawless quality control. It is our aim to provide our customers with the very highest levels of service and reliability in a timely manner – IFS was the natural choice to help us achieve those goals on an international scale.” 

IFS Applications will bring together several disparate legacy systems within APPH business units in the UK and North America, to form one cohesive and streamlined organisation. Specifically, IFS Applications will be implemented in the finance, sales, manufacturing, repair and overhaul, projects, engineering, contracting, purchasing and spares logistics areas of the organisation. APPH will also monitor their key business metrics using IFS Balanced Scorecards and control all documentation using IFS Document Management.

Aerospace and defence is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS Applications includes advanced standard functionality that meets the demanding requirements of aerospace and aeronautics manufacturers. IFS’ fully integrated project tracking and product data management (PDM) capabilities, combined with other IFS Applications components, make it easier to operate while managing the design, manufacturing, and ongoing logistics and maintenance support of complex products throughout the product lifecycle. 

“IFS has been offering industry-leading MRO software solutions for over 20 years,” said Paul Massey, Managing Director, IFS UK. “Companies like APPH; operating from a multiple site base, need to have accurate information and analysis across their operations. 

IFS users within the aerospace and defence industry include the US, British and Norwegian defence organisations as well as the Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops and fleet operators include Finnair, Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Hawker Pacific, and Jet Turbine Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, Saab Aerosystems, and GE Aircraft Engines.

About IFS and IFS Applications

IFS (OMXS: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides ERP solutions which enable organisations to respond quickly to market changes. The solutions allow resources to be used in a more agile way to achieve better business performance and competitive advantage.Founded in 1983, IFS has 2,600 employees worldwide. With IFS Applications™, now in its seventh generation, IFS has pioneered component-based ERP software. The component architecture provides solutions that are easier to implement, run and upgrade. IFS Applications is available in 54 countries in 22 languages. IFS has over 600,000 users across seven key vertical sectors: aerospace & defence; automotive; high-tech; industrial manufacturing; process industries; construction, contracting, service & facilities management; and utilities & telecommunications. IFS Applications provides extended ERP functionality, including CRM, SCM, PLM, CPM, enterprise asset management, and MRO capabilities.

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