Leading manufacturer of cleanroom products to deploy IFS’ mixed-mode manufacturing solution

February 16, 2006 — /PRNewswire/ — CHICAGO, Ill. — IFS announced today that Contec, Inc., a global manufacturer of contamination control products for critical manufacturing environments, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) business software. The company will deploy IFS’ mixed-mode manufacturing solution on IBM xSeries(R) hardware at its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. IFS regional sales and services partner brij(R) signed the contract with Contec.

“One of Contec’s goals has always been to do ‘whatever it takes’ to satisfy our customers,” said Contec CEO Jack McBride. “One of our primary strengths and strategic advantages has been the ability to manufacture many SKUs — many of which are custom — and provide these products into multiple markets. This has created a very complex company from all aspects of our business — sales, development, operations, and manufacturing.”

Aware that its existing IT infrastructure could no longer support continued growth of such a complex organization, Contec selected IFS Applications to enhance its ability to satisfy its customers and manage complexity while continuing to grow. Integrating Contec’s standalone systems into a single enterprise system will enable the company to handle additional sales growth without adding head count to its operational team.

“This will make each incremental dollar of sales more profitable to the company,” McBride said. “Aside from simplification, we expect that the system will lead to good long-term cost savings from modules such as the enhanced planning systems. Improved planning will enable us to reduce inventory and focus on other initiatives, such as lean manufacturing.”

“We needed an integrated system that had good quality management, SPC, manufacturing, document management, and financial systems in one easy-to-use package,” added Tom Wilson, Manager of Information Systems for Contec. “After evaluating many other ERP packages, the team felt that IFS provided the best functionality to meet Contec’s business requirements. We expect that implementing IFS Applications will simplify and streamline our operations, improving Contec’s profitability.”

“IFS’ mixed-mode capabilities enable manufacturers such as Contec to run multiple production environments simultaneously or switch from one to another quickly and smoothly, without disrupting their business operations,” said Cindy Jaudon, president of IFS North America. “We look forward to partnering with Contec in their ongoing efforts to increase efficiency, reduce costs, anticipate market trends, and make critical strategic decisions.”

About Contec(R)

Contec is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wiping and cleaning products for critical environments in many industries, including aerospace, industrial surface preparation, automotive OEM, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, semiconductor, microelectronics, and health clubs/fitness. The company’s extensive product line includes knitted, woven, and nonwoven wipers; presaturated solvent wipers; mopping and wall washing systems; and cleaning products for sterile environments. ISO 9001:2000 certified, Contec develops innovative products that improve cleaning processes in some of the cleanest manufacturing facilities in the world. For more information, visit www.contecinc.com.

About Brij(R)

Established in 1986 in Greensboro, North Carolina, brij offers a unique combination of business process solutions designed to help customers connect their operations, customers, and suppliers with seamless, automated business processes. These solutions include integrated and modular enterprise software solutions, web services-based solutions, composite application development, business process management, e-commerce and web development, customer relationship management, search engine marketing, branding, and collateral design solutions. Brij sells and implements solutions from partners, including IFS, Oracle, Cordys, and QlikTech. Brij is the master distributor for IFS Applications in a sixteen-state area in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.brij.net.

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:
Chris Jensen, President, Jensen Market Relations
Phone: +1 714 847-7846
Fax: +1 714 847-4856
E-mail: [email protected]

IFS’ Web: www.ifsworld.com

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CONTACT: Chris Jensen, President of Jensen Market Relations,
+1-714-847-7846, or fax, +1-714-847-4856, [email protected], for IFS

Web site: http://www.ifsworld.com/


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