Air International Doubles Investment in Arena PLM to Enhance Worldwide Collaboration and Supply Chai

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Foster City, Calif., Sep 19 - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that Air International Thermal Systems (AITS), a global tier 1 supplier of automotive heating, ventilation, air conditioning and power train cooling systems, has more than doubled its investment in Arena PLM to improve global collaboration and supply chain management across its facilities in Australia, Asia and the United States. The company is leveraging Arena PLM to improve collaboration with more than 800 global suppliers and unify operations across six geographically dispersed locations.

As part of the expanded deployment, AITS added an integration between Arena PLM and SSA ERPLN (formerly Baan ERP) enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The integration, employed by AITS as part of a strategy to fully revamp its manufacturing IT infrastructure, is now available to all Arena PLM customers. Use of the Arena PLM API Input Adapter at the front end enables the automated upload of CAD data into AITS's Arena PLM workspace. The expansion required no IT resources from AITS and was so smooth that it did not disrupt operations at the newly deployed locations—or at the existing ones where Arena PLM was already in use. In fact, it was completed and rolled out ahead of schedule.

“Our Arena PLM implementation was done flawlessly, with no interruption to the business. It was the most low-key systems implementation I have ever been involved in,” said Gary Phillips, a global service delivery manager for Air International Thermal Systems Pty. Ltd. “As an integral part of our manufacturing IT strategy, Arena PLM will have the most profound impact on the way Air International does business going forward, yet its implementation barely caused a ripple.”

With its on-demand model Arena PLM is uniquely qualified to satisfy one of Air International's main requirements: a single, shared, global workspace. AITS is addressing the realities of its business with this shared workspace, which would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve with a client/server PLM system. For instance, more and more of the company's projects have different offices working on different elements of a design and needing other offices or external design partners to be able to access their work. The shared workspace makes this possible—and extremely easy. It also allows the company to manage a single global supply base, which can be shared across offices and thus enable tremendous cost savings.

“The doubling of its investment in our software is another proof point of the value Arena PLM can provide for a company of the size, scope and importance of Air International,” said Michael Topolovac, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. “Only Arena PLM combines the rich functionality, front- and back-end integrations and on-demand advantage that can help AITS solve its increasingly complex business challenges and maintain its competitive advantage.”

About Air International Thermal Systems
Air International Thermal Systems is a global tier 1 supplier of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and power train cooling (PTC) systems based in Port Melbourne, Australia. It has six facilities across Australia, Asia, and the United States. Previously a wholly owned division of diversified industrial group Futuris, the company was established as a joint venture between JP Morgan Partners and Futuris at the beginning of 2005.

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