LINKOPING, Sweden, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
(HAL), a leading aerospace and defense technology company, will deploy IFS
Applications across its enterprise, which consists of 17 sites with more than
3,000 users. The first phase of implementation, covering its corporate
office, aircraft division, and helicopter division in Bangalore, is expected
to be completed by July 2005, followed by its 14 remaining divisions. The
contract was signed in July.
HAL will be using an IFS solution covering engineering, MRO (maintenance,
repair, and overhaul), manufacturing, materials management, financial
management, project management, workforce management, quality management,
document management, supply chain management, and corporate performance
With the IFS solution, HAL will consolidate a number of separate systems
into a single integrated system. This will enable HAL to enhance productivity
and profitability through adoption of best business practices across the
organization, resulting in optimized project management, improved
manufacturing planning, reductions in inventory, and improved turnaround times
of aircraft. In addition, HAL will be able to analyze up-to-the-minute
business information to continuously improve performance and customer
"The implementation of IFS Applications is aimed at improving HAL's
profitability by substantially reducing inventory, decreasing delivery cycle
times, reducing operational costs, and improving manpower productivity," said
HAL chairman N. R. Mohanty.
"By implementing IFS Applications at HAL, IFS India can demonstrate to
other Indian businesses how component-based business applications can help
them achieve significant business benefits through the easy-to-use, flexible
and open architecture of IFS technology," said Dr. Chandan Chowdhury, chief
executive officer of IFS India.
BAeHAL Software Limited (a joint venture of HAL and BAE SYSTEMS) and IFS
India, partners in offering IFS Applications to the Indian aerospace and
defense market, will jointly execute the implementation.
IFS Defense in the United Kingdom will supply its global defense expertise
to support this customer account as well as to support the growth of IFS'
defense business across India. The Indian defense industry will benefit from
the technical advances made by IFS Defense on its various worldwide
With aerospace and defense being one of IFS' targeted market segments, IFS
Applications includes advanced standard functionality that meets the demanding
requirements of defense manufacturers. IFS' fully integrated project tracking
and product data management (PDM) capabilities, combined with other IFS
Applications components, make it easier to operate while managing the design,
manufacturing, and ongoing spare parts logistics and maintenance support of
complex products throughout the product lifecycle.
IFS customers within aerospace and defense include the British, French,
Norwegian, Greek, and South African defense organizations as well as the
Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops and operators include Finnair,
Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Hawker Pacific, and Jet Turbine
Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS,
Saab Aerosystems, and GE Aircraft Engines.
About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is a premier aerospace and defense company
in Southeast Asia, engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, repair,
maintenance, and overhaul of fighter, trainer, transport aircraft,
helicopters, aeroengines, avionics and accessories. In addition, HAL
manufactures complex products for aerospace programs. HAL strives for
continuous improvement and growth in research and development and other
high-tech manufacturing areas. HAL has 16 production units and nine R&D
centers spread across several locations in India.
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.
For additional information, contact:
John Bridges, VP Marketing, IFS North America
Phone: +1 520 512-2000
Fax: +1 520 512-2001
Chris Jensen, President, Jensen Market Relations
Phone: +1 714 847-7846
Fax: +1 714 847-4856
IFS' Web: www.ifsworld.com