Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Kitron goes live with corporate solution from IFS
Kitron ASA, one of Scandinavia’s leading electronics manufacturing contractors, has gone live on IFS Applications. The solution, which features the new user interface IFS Enterprise Explorer, has already been implemented in two of the corporation’s divisions, Karlskoga and Jönköping, Sweden, and the entire corporate solution will become operational during the course of 2010.
Kitron provides services within the entire value chain of electronics production, ranging from development and design, industrialization and manufacturing to service/repair and product upgrades. The corporation selected IFS Applications for high-tech industries, adapted to Kitron’s electronic manufacturing services (EMS) operations. The solution includes IFS Applications components for manufacturing, distribution, financials, project management, customer relationship management (CRM), human resource management, and business intelligence. IFS Enterprise Explorer, IFS Applications’ new user interface designed for increased productivity and user-friendliness, is also part of the solution.
“We chose IFS Applications because we wanted a simple, user-friendly solution that also met our functionality requirements,” Björn Wigström, CFO at Kitron, said. “Our long-term goal is to use this best-practice business software from IFS to standardize our business processes, reduce costs, enhance the quality of our information and better fulfill the needs of our customers.”
The IFS industry-specific solution includes a global template for standardizing processes, work methods, and regulations which Kitron will apply in all its divisions to maximize efficiency and profitability. By using the best practice models that IFS has developed for the high-tech industry, Kitron wants to minimize the number of customizations and, consequently, the costs related to upgrades and changes to the solution.
“Throughout the project, representatives from our different divisions in Sweden, Norway and Lithuania have worked closely with IFS consultants to ensure local support for all decisions made and to enable the solution to optimize operations in each country to the highest possible degree,” Wigström said. “IFS has delivered a strong solution in terms of both time consumption and budget, and we are now looking forward to reaping the benefits that the solution offers us.”
“Our ability to deliver solutions that are both user-friendly and adapted to the specific needs of industries with complex operations means that we continue to sign customers such as Kitron,” Glenn Arnesen, Managing Director of IFS Scandinavia, said.
The high-tech industry is one of IFS’ targeted markets. IFS offers industry-specific solutions for companies in the electronic equipment, electronic component, semiconductor and medical device industries. These solutions support all business processes, from design and mixed-mode manufacturing to after-sales support and warranty management.
IFS’ high tech customers include NEC Philips Unified Solutions, NEC, Eltek, PartnerTech, Kitron, maxon motor and Olympus Optical.
Kitron is one of Scandinavia’s leading corporations in the development, industrialization and manufacturing of electronics to market segments that include data/telecom, defense, energy, manufacturing, medical devices, and offshore/maritime.disink utstyr og Marine. The corporation is represented in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany and China. Kitron reported revenue of approximately NKr 1.7 billion in 2009 and had about 1,100 employees.
For more information about Kitron, visit www.KITRON.com.
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.