Monday, May 26, 2008

Project-centric Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group moves faster with IFS Applications

Austrian-Swiss Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, a leading supplier of ropeways and other rope-based passenger transport systems as well as systems for bulk material transport, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications. The group typically runs about 150 – 200 tightly scheduled projects and aims to optimize project control and execution with IFS Applications. The initial contract is worth approximately 5 million Euros.

The new enterprise applications will replace a number of customized stand-alone systems that do not fulfill today’s needs for an integrated, agile system which supports Doppelmayr/Garaventa’s international operations. The Group has production facilities and sales and service locations in over 30 countries and to date has built almost 14,000 installations in 79 countries. As a project-centric engineer- to-order manufacturing company, forecasting, planning and timely delivery of work and material are essential and require an ERP system in which all activities can be monitored and tightly controlled.

“We are a global company, with projects growing in numbers, complexity and size. At the same time the project runtimes are getting shorter,” said Johannes Wittwer, Project Manager at Doppelmayr/Garaventa. “We chose IFS because of its strong functionality and understanding of our type of business as well as its track record in project-centric industries.”

Doppelmayr/Garaventa will implement IFS Applications components for engineering, manufacturing, project management, financials, human resources, distribution, business intelligence, document management and quality management. The project, which starts immediately, will be implemented step by step.

Industrial manufacturing is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS has a broad customer base in the industry, focusing on large to medium-sized manufacturers that need support for complex order-driven and mixed-mode manufacturing across the extended enterprise. With strong support for project management, engineering, constraint-based scheduling, product configuration, and after sales, IFS’ component-based business solutions are designed to help companies improve quality, contain costs, and improve their competitive position in manufacturing industry segments such as machinery, defense, fabricated metal products, and plastics.

Industrial manufacturing companies also benefit from IFS’ lifecycle management solution, which goes beyond product lifecycle management (PLM) to provide better integration and management of three critical business areas—products, customers, and resources—throughout their lifecycles. IFS industrial manufacturing customers include Fabcon, Chief Industries, Aeromatic-Fielder, Star Cutter, J&H Machine Tools, Kongskilde, Nolato Group, Bombardier, PartnerTech, Mechanik Center Erlangen, Völkl, and Tour & Andersson.

About IFS

IFS (OMX STO: IFS), the global enterprise applications company, provides ERP solutions which enable organizations 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 & defense; automotive; manufacturing; process industries; construction, contracting & service management; retail & wholesale distribution and utilities & telecom. IFS Applications provide extended ERP functionality, including CRM, SCM, PLM, CPM, enterprise asset management, and MRO capabilities.

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