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Damen Shipyards rolls out ERP system

Damen Group, which operates 40 shipyards around the world, is to roll out a uniform Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system across its various locations.

IFS 7.5 went live at its Romanian branch in Galati this week, following an earlier implementation at Damen’s headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.

Damen explains that with this system, it wants to keep a closer watch on stock levels, plan more expeditiously and transparently, and improve efficiency throughout the supply chain.

The IFS software includes supply chain elements, engineering, planning job preparation and manufacturing modules. Galati is now using the Finance, HR, Distribution, Manufacturing and Projects applications and will soon implement all other modules.

Damen’s new shipyard in Haiphong, Vietnam, is scheduled to go live in late 2013. Damen plans to roll out the IFS software there and at its various branches worldwide in the next few years.

“Implementing IFS software across our various branches will make it easy for us to track the entire logistical process,” said Marc de Thouars, director of Group IT at Damen Shipyards Group.

“By having a better understanding of the supply chain, we can shorten throughput times, optimise procurement, and drastically reduce the number of rush orders. Installing a streamlined supply chain supported by a standard ERP solution will bring calm to the organisation.” 

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