April 28, 2005 09:00 ET

Schukra Jumpstarts Business Performance With On Demand Solution From SSA Global and IBM

Automotive Lumbar Supplier Shaves 90 Percent Time off Materials Planning Activities and 30 Percent Time off Data Back Up Operations

CHICAGO, IL and SOMERS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 28, 2005 -- SSA Global™ and IBM today announced that Schukra, a leading distributor of automotive lumbar solutions, has transformed its business operations with an automated supply chain solution. The joint SSA Global and IBM Solution enables Schukra to significantly streamline management of several core business processes such as invoicing, manufacturing scheduling, package tracking and billing.

Schukra develops seat support structures for some of the world's largest automotive and aviation companies. Deploying the joint on demand manufacturing solution from SSA Global and IBM has provided Schukra with an on demand view to customer order information to better manage incoming order requests from clients. Schukra's integrated solution performs a real-time exchange of product information across different applications and databases to coordinate all billing, scheduling and shipping activities associated with order fulfillment. The company's automated supply chain solution is based on SSA ERP and IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere technologies.

Since implementing the SSA Global and IBM solution, Schukra has realized significant cost savings and operational efficiencies. For example, Schukra has reduced materials requirements planning (MRP) time by 90 percent and data recovery time by 30 percent. The company also has trimmed order planning activities from three hours to 20 minutes and cut cheque runs from one hour to five minutes. In addition, Schukra's web-based ERP solution also has enabled the company to maintain consistent levels of staffing and keep overhead facilities costs at a minimum.

Expanding on its nine-year relationship with SSA ERP solutions, Schukra, a subsidiary of Leggett & Platt Automotive Group based in Windsor, Ont. Canada, adopted the latest version of SSA BPCS 8.2 running on an IBM iSeries server platform, combined with an IBM DB2 database. As a result of the Web-based access provided by SSA Global and ease of technical transition to the iSeries platform, Schukra was able to complete the entire installation of SSA ERP at multiple sites across North America and Europe in less than three months.

"Schukra's business performance across North American and European operations has significantly been enhanced with the deployment of the on demand solution from SSA Global and IBM," said Laura Ryall, director of MIS, Leggett & Platt Automotive Group. "With this solution, Schukra has automated multiple tasks across the company, giving employees increased opportunities to focus their expertise on higher-impact activities."

"By taking a strategic approach to its hardware and software needs, the Schukra leadership team has capitalized on the business value being delivered by the SSA Global relationship with IBM," said Graeme Cooksley, executive vice president, SSA Global. "Our alliance with IBM offers manufacturing companies like Schukra a comprehensive, best-in-class integrated IT portfolio combining SSA ERP and extended solutions and IBM servers, middleware and database management solutions."

SSA Global is an IBM Strategic Alliance and Premier level member of IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks for Automotive program and a 2005 winner of the PartnerWorld Beacon Awards.

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