Apriso’s First Quarter Driven by Expansion into Cleantech Industry

Company achieved strong customer growth from manufacturers in the solar, fuel cell and battery industries

LONG BEACH, CA – (May 20, 2010) – Apriso®, a leading provider of manufacturing software solutions for sustained manufacturing operational excellence, today announced continued growth and market share expansion during the first quarter 2010.  Manufacturers continue to expand their Apriso application footprint while the number of plants served by Apriso’s solutions grows worldwide.

In the first quarter, the company expanded the number of customers it serves within the Cleantech industry, which includes companies in the following segments:  wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, fuel cell, advanced batteries and hybrid systems.  Representing one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors, Apriso’s new customer acquisitions during this period reflects an expanding need for flexible, adaptive manufacturing solutions as these companies develop strategies for scaling production on a global basis.

“We are encouraged to see signs of recovery taking place across the global economy and our customers,” commented Jim Henderson, president and CEO at Apriso. “Many traditional manufacturers are now reassessing their businesses and are working with Apriso to put strategies in place for transforming their manufacturing operations.  At the same time, we see manufacturers in new industries, like clean energy technology, leverage solutions from Apriso to support highly scalable, flexible manufacturing operations.”

New Alternative Energy Customers
One of the more innovative manufacturers Apriso added as a new customer in the first quarter portrays itself as “changing the way the world generates and consumes energy.”  Having now completed the necessary product development and field testing, production is now ramping up for this alternative, green energy manufacturer.  Apriso’s FlexNet® will be their manufacturing execution system, functioning as an operations platform that is easily expanded or modified as new technologies and processes emerge.

Other new customer activity in the cleantech industry includes:

  • Boston-Power, a provider of next-generation lithium-ion battery technology
  • A producer of thin-film photovoltaic products to serve the solar power industry that is expanding their global production to be more efficient for a steadily declining cost
  • Chevrolet Volt, which is now implementing Apriso’s manufacturing and quality solutions to help institute next generation manufacturing processes in their lithium-ion battery production

Other new first quarter 2010 customer activity includes:

  • Isuzu, that is now using Apriso’s FlexNet to automatically obtain distribution status information of KD parts from their existing systems
  • NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd (NGK), a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier based in Japan, which has adopted Apriso’s FlexNet as an enterprise Manufacturing and Logistics Execution System, referred to as MES and LES systems

A total of six customer sites had a go-live in the first quarter, including an international automotive supplier that had a successful go-live at a plant in Changchun, China, with Apriso’s Lean Material Flow solution.  This pre-configured solution was developed with Accenture for quick deployment to better synchronize material flows, lower costs and improve collaboration across manufacturing operations.  Other customer go-lives included a packaged goods manufacturer and another automotive supplier.

Product Updates
In March, Apriso announced compatibility with Windows 7.  Apriso continues to invest resources to ensure systems integrate with today’s leading enterprise applications, such as ERP or PLM, as well as to other operations systems, plant equipment or automation.

Partner Updates
Partner activity in the first quarter 2010 included Apriso’s joining Dassault Systèmes’ Software Partner Community.  The joint solution targets manufacturers seeking to accelerate innovation and new product introductions by integrating manufacturing operations with process planning applications.

About Apriso
Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to providing competitive advantage for its customers.  It does so by enabling organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and unexpected events.  Apriso’s FlexNet platform provides visibility, adaptability and real-time control of manufacturing operations across the enterprise and supply chain network.  This is accomplished by integrating planning, execution and control, increasing operational efficiency and eliminating errors in the production process.  Apriso serves more than 175 customers in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia.  Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, L’Oréal, Trixell, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor.  For more information, please go to www.apriso.com.

Apriso and FlexNet are registered trademarks of Apriso Corporation.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contact:
Gordon Benzie
Apriso Corporation
(562) 951-8054
gordon.benzie@apriso.com

About gbenzie

I am a marketing communications professional with 20+ years of financial and marketing management experience within hi tech industries located in Southern California. I am currently Director of Public Relations for Apriso Corporation, a manufacturing software provider that provides visibility into, control over and synchronization across global manufacturing operations.