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Manufacturing growth with upgraded IFS capabilities


Apresa PLP, Spain, has more than 10 years’ manufacturing experience using IFS Applications. Following its recent upgrade from IFS Applications 8 to IFS Applications 10, Francisco Muñoz, IT Manager, looks back on the commercial growth behind the upgrade decision and the new capability benefits seen with the latest IFS release.

Founded in 1960 in Sevilla, Spain, Apresa-PLP manufactures electrical components: we produce specialist overhead cables and wiring looms for aviation and rail applications, plus large aerials for the telecommunications sector. As a subsidiary of US-based Preformed Lined Products, together we operate 18 factories worldwide, manufacturing the same product inventory and adapting to different local markets.

Back in 2009 we needed a new ERP system to replace our legacy UNIX implementation. In the process, we were introduced to IFS, used by our US operation. On investigation, it soon became clear that IFS would also meet our own specific ERP requirements, and we purchased the solution. A six-month project to migrate all our data went smoothly, and we took IFS live on January 1, 2010. Almost immediately, the solution was well received, and we never looked back. We’ve now successfully undertaken two technical upgrades – first, to IFS Applications 8 in 2014, and most recently to the latest version, IFS Applications 10, in 2020.

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