Damen Shipyards Group, a worldwide shipbuilder with forty self-managed shipyards, has launched IFS’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system at its Romanian branch in Galati.The IFS 7.5 go-live at the start of this week follows the system’s earlier implementation at Damen’s headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. By installing a uniform ERP system, Damen will be able to keep a closer watch on stock levels, plan more expeditiously and transparently, and improve efficiency throughout the supply chain.“Implementing IFS software across our various branches will make it easy for us to track the entire logistical process. 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. The fact that we are playing a leading role in supply-chain thinking confirms Damen’s position as a global player in shipbuilding,” says Marc de Thouars, Director of Group IT at Damen Shipyards Group.In addition to the supply chain elements, IFS includes Engineering, planning Job preparation and Manufacturing modules. Damen Shipyards Galati is now live with the Finance, HR, Distribution, Manufacturing and Projects applications and will soon implement all other modules.The IFS software will be rolled out at Damen’s various branches worldwide in the next few years. The company’s brand-new shipyard in Haiphong, Vietnam, is scheduled to go live in late 2013.[mappress]Press Release, July 22, 2013
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KEYWORDS “I’m really happy to win at my first World Cup,” Totsuka said after the season’s first halfpipe contest on the circuit.“This will boost my confidence for World Cup events to follow. I will do my best to get good results and hope to take part in next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.”In the women’s competition, Americans swept the podium, with Chloe Kim winning her fourth overall World Cup event, followed by three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark in second and Maddie Mastro in third. Hikaru Oe placed fifth. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ayumu Hirano, men’s halfpipe, Yuto Totsuka, Chloe Kim, Hikaru Oe Yuto Totsuka | KYODO RELATED PHOTOS CARDONA, NEW ZEALAND – Yuto Totsuka won the men’s halfpipe in snowboard’s World Cup series Friday, while compatriot and 2014 Sochi Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano finished runner-up.The 15-year-old Totsuka, winner of the Japan national championships in March making his debut in the World Cup, scored 93.25 points in the 16-man final, after the semifinals were canceled due to poor weather conditions. Hirano finished one point behind and Switzerland’s Patrick Burgener was third with 88.50.