DTR Industries Selects IFS Applications

While many might have been aware of IFS’ prowess in asset and project intensive industries as well as in field service management (FSM) of late, many might not be aware of the fact that the automotive industry is one of IFS’ targeted markets. IFS’ Automotive solution provides the tools for managing the interaction between automotive dealers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and subcontractors in networks of varying complexity. IFS’ automotive customers include Volvo, BMW, Scania, Linamar, Borgstena, HUF Hülsbeck & Fürst, Toyota, and Finnveden Group.

Most recently, DTR Industries, a leading supplier of automotive components, has selected IFS Applications to support its complex multi-mode production with enterprise resource planning (ERP). DTR engages in a broad range of manufacturing operations for automotive anti-vibration and hose products that include rubber mixing, metal stamping, welding, aluminum die casting, painting, rubber curing, rubber extruding, plastic injection, and assembly operations. DTR’s main customers include Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.

DTR is headquartered in Bluffton, OH, and operates other facilities in Midway, TN; Novi, MI; and Chihuahua, Mexico. DTR is a subsidiary of Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd., and IFS Applications has been successfully implemented across other companies in the Tokai group. The blend of process and discrete manufacturing made the strong mixed-mode capabilities of IFS Applications appealing to DTR.

IFS is reportedly replacing Infor ERP LX (formerly BPCS) as part of a global rollout, which means that DTR has implemented IFS at other sites, and the company is looking to use IFS in the future in other countries as well. This transaction was for the company’s US and Mexico locations, and based on the success of IFS at the other locations the choice came down to implementing IFS or keeping Infor (as DTR didn’t feel it necessary to open it up to multiple vendors). I think this is a positive sign for IFS as this type of global rollout process has historically been reserved for Tier 1 ERP vendors such as SAP or Oracle.
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