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Plastic products manufacturer chooses IFS business software to support global lean initiative

Plastic products manufacturer chooses IFS business software to support global lean initiative

Chicago — February 15, 2006 — Richco Inc., a global manufacturer and supplier of plastic components for numerous industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, computer and medical, said it has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications' business software.

The Morton Grove, Ill.-based company will deploy IFS Applications on IBM xSeries hardware at its manufacturing facilities in North America, the United Kingdom, Spain and China, with plans to roll out the software to additional sales and distribution locations in Europe and Asia within the next two years.

"We chose IFS Applications because it is a strong global package with all the capabilities we need, including integrated functionality for repetitive manufacturing, Kanban and engineering," said David Bryan, director of Global Information Technology for Richco. "The IFS system will enable us to standardize business processes and roll out a comprehensive lean initiative throughout our worldwide operations."

Cindy Jaudon, president and CEO of IFS North America, added that IFS Applications enables plastic products manufacturers such as Richco to respond rapidly to their customers' demands. "Our integrated lean solution takes lean concepts beyond the shop floor, eliminating waste wherever it exists within the enterprise," she said.

Richco will implement IFS' applications for supply chain management, financials, engineering, maintenance, quality management, sales and service, and workforce management. The company also will deploy an integrated bar-code solution from IFS solution partner Radley Corp.

IFS said its business solution is designed to help companies improve quality, contain costs and improve their competitive position in manufacturing industry segments such as plastic products, machinery, defense, and fabricated metal products. Industrial manufacturing companies can also use IFS' lifecycle management solution, which goes beyond product lifecycle management (PLM) to provide integration and management of three critical business areas throughout their lifecycles: products, customers and resources.

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  • Lean is still a top priority for many organizations, and now leading enterprises are applying lean principles to the supply chain. Read about the challenges in building a "lean supply chain" in "The Value of Being Out-of-stock (Almost) Everywhere," the Final Thoughts column in the April/May 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.