IFS signs new agreement with Sanitec

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that Sanitec is expanding its use of IFS Applications in its Swedish subsidiary, IF Sanitr AB (IF), by adding the manufacturing component and upgrading to IFS Applications 7.5. Sanitec will also roll out the solution to the other Nordic countries. The contract, which was signed in 2008, includes licences, consulting services and maintenance and has a total value of more than SKr 14 million.

Sanitec, through its Swedish subsidiary IF, has been an IFS customer since 1998 and has implemented IFS Applications components for financials, sales & logistics and maintenance. Now Sanitec is expanding the solution by adding the IFS manufacturing component to replace legacy software. We have seen several benefits from working with IFS Applications so far and look forward to upgrading the solution, Frida Norrbom, Chief Information Officer at Sanitec, said. Our users have long experience of IFS Applications and find it easy to use, which will ease the implementation. After upgrading to IFS Applications, 7.5, Sanitec will roll out the solution to the business units Porsgrund Bad in Norway, and IDO in Finland.

Glenn Arnesen, Managing Director IFS Scandinavia, is pleased that Sanitec has chosen to develop the use of IFS Applications further. Its important to us that our long-term customers extend the use of IFS applications with new components and by rolling out the solution internationally. We are proud to work alongside one of the most successful, innovative and environmentally responsible bathroom solutions company in the world, Arnesen said.

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 areasproducts, customers, and resourcesthroughout 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, Vlkl, and Tour & Andersson.

About Sanitec

Sanitec is a European multi-brand group that designs, manufactures and markets bathroom ceramics and bath and shower products. Sanitec Group is based around locally well known brands, which have strong positions and deep roots in the bathroom business. The company works closely together with customers and industrial partners, architects and designers to develop sustainable bathroom concepts with advanced design that promote healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.

Sanitec has historically grown both organically and through acquisitions. In 2007 the Group net sales amounted to EUR 921 million and today the group employs around 9,100 people. The company is the largest or second largest supplier in all its main markets. The 27 production plants are in Europe, whereas the sales and marketing network operates world-wide.

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications, a fully-integrated, component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. The company has more than 2,000 customers in 54 countries and focuses on seven main industries: aerospace & defense, utilities & telecom, manufacturing, process industries, automotive, retail & wholesale distribution, and construction contracting & service management. IFS has 2,600 employees and net revenue in 2007 was SKr 2.4 billion.

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