Supply chain visibility: Shipbuilder picks IFS Applications to manage growth

Austal USA has chosen to implement IFS Applications, a fully integrated enterprise software system, to support its growing ship manufacturing business.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff April 28, 2008

Austal USA has chosen to implement IFS Applications, a fully integrated enterprise software system, to support its growing ship manufacturing business.
located in Mobile, Ala., Austal USA, manufactures aluminum vessels, such as commercial high speed passenger and vehicle-passenger ferries, cruise ships, freight and offshore support ships, and high performance military vessels.
“Our recent significant growth has caused a need to reduce the amount of manual processes within our business and create more visibility of our costs and inventory,” says Terry Schroeder, Austal USA director of supply chain management. “We chose IFS Applications to aid in the automation of tracking our costs and project schedules. We were impressed with what IFS Applications could do for our business, such as increase our visibility of costs, material lead time, and inventory, as well as provide us a reliable process for tracking project schedules.”
Cindy Jaudon, president and CEO of IFS North America , says Austal USA joins a number of shipbuilders who have adopted IFS Applications to help cope with government mandates to adopt “leaner project centric manufacturing processes.”