Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Selects IFS Applications(TM) for New-Generation Business Applications

Jul 23, 2004, 01:00 ET from IFS

    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.
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     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
 development programs.
     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.
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      John Bridges, VP Marketing, IFS North America
      Phone:   +1 520 512-2000
      Fax:     +1 520 512-2001
      E-mail:  john.bridges@ifsna.com
      Chris Jensen, President, Jensen Market Relations
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      E-mail:  chris@jensenmarket.com
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