Manufacturer Chooses IFS Business Software To Support Global Lean Initiative

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS announced today that Richco, Inc. -- a leading global manufacturer and supplier of plastic components for numerous industries, including consumer electronics, telecommunications, computer, and medical-has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) business software. The Morton Grove, Illinois-based company will deploy IFS Applications on IBM(R) xSeries(R) hardware at its manufacturing facilities in North America, the UK, 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.

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"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."

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

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.

Industrial manufacturing is one of IFS' targeted vertical markets. IFS has a broad customer base in the industry, focusing on medium- to large-size 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 support, IFS' business solution is designed for purpose 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 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 customers in the plastic products manufacturing industry include Filtrona Extrusion, Nolato Plastteknik AB, Intek Plastics, Value Plastics, and Euroform AB. Other IFS industrial manufacturing customers include Deere & Co., Roper, Dresser-Rand, Gehl, Star Cutter, Remmele Engineering, and Johnson Pump.

About Richco, Inc.

Richco, Inc., is a global manufacturer of plastic components. Since its inception in 1954, the company has specialized in supplying quality circuit board hardware, wire routing products, cable ties, clips and clamps, fan accessories, motion control products, and fiber optics products. Richco also offers custom product design development, 3-D tool design and development, rapid prototyping, production, and secondary operations. Richco has a wide range of standard proprietary products as well as experience in custom injection molding. The company operates 17 locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.richco-inc.com.

About Radley Corp.

Radley Corp. provides bar code and RFID data collection and EDI solutions that enhance the ROI of your IFS investment. IFS first sought Radley's assistance in 2001, and today IFS users in the aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer products, high tech, industrial manufacturing, and related industries rely on Radley's expertise to provide automation and productivity to their daily operations. Radley's IFS DC automates IFS receiving, inventory, shipping, and shop order transactions in real time via a client/server architecture, which ensures IFS DC functionality is available to shop floor users 24/7. Radley's IFS DC solution works directly with standard interface components developed and supported by IFS. Radley's EDI solutions simplify integration with IFS and streamline trading partner compliance for the user. iR*EDI is an EDI translation and communication platform supporting traditional data formatting and XML technology. iCARaS provides release accounting, demand reporting, and CUM management to IFS users in the passenger automotive, heavy truck, off-road/heavy equipment, and appliance industries.

About IFS and IFS Applications

IFS develops and supplies component-based business applications for medium and large enterprises and organizations. IFS Applications, which can be implemented step by step, is based on web and portal technology. The solution offers 60+ enterprise application components used in manufacturing, supply chain management, customer relationship management, service provision, financials, product development, maintenance and human resource administration. IFS offers customers an easier, more open alternative. IFS is a leading global business applications supplier with sales in 45 countries and more than 350,000 users worldwide. The company is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (XSSE: IFS).

IFS Applications is a trademark of IFS Industrial and Financial Systems. All other referenced company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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