Activplant's Throughput Analyzer Drives Continuous Improvement Efforts

LONDON, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 12, 2007 -- Activplant Corporation, the standard in performance management solutions for the world's leading manufacturers, announced today that TRW Automotive, Inc. has selected Activplant's Throughput Analyzer to enable their continuous improvement teams to drive constant performance improvements for its production facilities in Marshall, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona.

TRW's decision to install the Throughput Analyzer application at these locations follows previous successful deployments of the Activplant Performance Management System (APMS) in other facilities. While both of these plants are well known for being highly efficient and lean, the company will be using the Throughput Analyzer to accelerate continuous improvement efforts by utilizing the software's abilities to identify true recurring constraints. Activplant is extremely pleased to continue to offer TRW, a valued customer, clarity to the plant floor. This additional traction strongly validates Activplant as the leader in performance management.

"We are excited to see the introduction of the Throughput Analyzer application for TRW. Innovation like this will help us in our efforts to identify wastes much more quickly than through traditional methods, " said Jeff Herrell, North American Occupant Safety Systems Lead Black belt, TRW Automotive. "The application and deployment methodology has the potential to greatly reduce implementation times and deliver operational improvements that will lead to lasting efficiency gains."

Activplant has seen remarkable growth over the last five years and is now seeing evidence of increased growth with the launch of the Throughput Analyzer. Since the release of Throughput Analyzer, the first application in the exciting new series of ActivApplications™, many manufacturers have begun to recognize the benefits. As a commercial off-the-shelf application designed to identify true and recurring constraints, Activplant's Throughput Analyzer delivers quantifiable results.

"In today's globally competitive marketplace, manufacturers are seeking ways to reduce operational costs while maintaining optimal performance levels," said Chuck Frosst, President, Activplant Corporation. "By leveraging the power of the Throughput Analyzer, TRW has taken steps to become more efficient and maximize their investment on continuous improvement programs. We are pleased to continue to provide TRW, a long time, valued customer with the tools to help achieve these results."

About TRW

With 2005 sales of $12.6 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 63,000 people in 26 countries. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at

About Activplant

An enterprise manufacturing intelligence market leader, Activplant's Performance Management System has set the standard in operational excellence within the world's largest and most admired manufacturers. Aimed at high-volume, high-automation plants, Activplant's solution consolidates plant floor data into relevant real-time and historical information, enabling productivity gains by optimizing product, people, equipment and processes. With Activplant solutions, plant managers and manufacturing executives can focus on the key issues in their facilities that ultimately improve product quality, accelerate new product launches and drive performance gains. Activplant is a privately held company based in London, Ontario. For more information please visit

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