CDC Software’s Franchise Partner Also Secures First CDC Factory Customer in Mexico
Mexico City, December 5, 2008 — CDC Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDC Corporation and a provider of industry-specific enterprise software applications and business services, announced today CDC Software Mexico, the company’s franchise partner, recently launched the CDC Factory manufacturing operations management solution to the Mexican market at the World Dairy Summit and Expo in Mexico City.
Separately, CDC Software Mexico also secured the first CDC Factory customer in Mexico. Sabormex, S.A. de C.V., a leading food processor of coffee and kidney beans in Mexico, selected CDC Factory for use at its production plant in Puebla.
CDC Software Mexico exhibited Ross Enterprise and CDC Factory solutions at the “World Dairy Summit & Expo, Mexico 2008” held on November 11 – 14 in Mexico City, the first time this leading global show was held outside of Europe. CDC Software Mexico also presented Ross Enterprise and CDC Factory success stories in the dairy sector to educate food manufacturers how these specialized solutions can help them address their current industry challenges. At this event, companies from Mexico and 50 other countries exhibited technology, equipment, machinery, raw materials, products and services related to milk production and processing of dairy products, as well as other solutions and useful innovations that contribute to the dynamics of the sector.
In the opening session of the show, Mexico President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa gave a speech on the priority of technological advances within the industry in the Valparaiso Hall of the Centro Banamex. The President remarked that Mexican companies should be confident about their potential and not afraid of competition and also discussed the structural obstacles facing the dairy industry in his country. Mexico is considered both a major milk producer and top importer.
Commenting on launching CDC Factory in Mexico, Claudia Braun, manufacturing unit manager of CDC Software Mexico said, "CDC Factory helps manufacturers identify opportunities to reduce costs and increase production capacity that ultimately helps them cope with the challenges in the current global economic downturn."
The CDC Software Franchise Partner Program funds CDC Software's investments, through majority control or minority stakes, in strategic partners located in high growth geographies that include Latin America, India, China, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. CDC Software's investment in these companies helps facilitate the expansion of its global distribution footprint, and helps franchise partners grow their businesses.
About CDC Factory
CDC Factory is the first packaged manufacturing operations management system that includes enterprise manufacturing intelligence. The system provides critical operational intelligence that transforms manufacturing performance by empowering people to make real-time actionable decisions. By standardizing the best practices of lean manufacturing, OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and continuous improvement, CDC Factory provides a real-time framework that integrates scheduling, operations, quality and maintenance. Specifically designed for food and beverage, pharmaceutical packaging and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, CDC Factory enables real-time decision making to support a demand-driven strategy at all levels in the organization, from factory floor operators to executive management. Leading manufacturers are using CDC Factory to reduce operating costs and waste, unlock hidden capacity, improve customer service and employee satisfaction, while minimizing risk by assuring regulatory compliance. For more information, visit: www.cdcfactory.com.
About Ross Enterprise for Food and Beverage
Ross Enterprise is CDC Software's comprehensive suite of applications for food and beverage manufacturers. The suite of applications includes enterprise resource management (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), warehouse management, customer relationship management, real-time performance management and business analytics. Together, these systems address the unique challenges in food and beverage including the need for detailed product costing and profitability analysis, management of pricing and promotions, optimized forecasting and scheduling, improved order fulfillment and customer service, inventory optimization with minimal spoilage, and compliance with food safety regulations and mock recalls. Ross Enterprise is used worldwide by more than 1,200 companies including Boar's Head, Kerry Ingredients, Cheesecake Factory, Pez Candies, Nellson Nutraceuticals, Hilmar Cheese, Michael Angelo's, and Litehouse Foods. For more information, visit www.rossinc.com.
About CDC Software
CDC Software, The Customer-Driven Company™, is a provider of enterprise software applications designed to help organizations deliver a superior customer experience while increasing efficiencies and profitability. CDC Software's product suite includes: CDC Factory (manufacturing operations management), Ross ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management), CDC Supply Chain (supply chain management ,warehouse management and order management), Pivotal CRM and Saratoga CRM (customer relationship management), Respond (customer complaint and feedback management), c360 CRM add-on products, industry solutions and development tools for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, Platinum HRM (human resources) and business analytics solutions.
These industry-specific solutions are used by more than 6,000 customers worldwide within the manufacturing, financial services, health care, home building, real estate, wholesale and retail distribution industries. The company completes its offerings with a full continuum of services that span the life cycle of technology and software applications, including implementation, project consulting, outsourced business services, application management and offshore development. CDC Software is ranked number 8 in the Top 20 Supply Chain Management Software Suppliers by Modern Materials Handling magazine. For more information, please visit www.cdcsoftware.com.
About CDC Corporation
The CDC family of companies includes CDC Software focused on enterprise software applications and services, CDC Games focused on online games, and China.com focused on portals for the greater China markets. For more information about CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), please visit www.cdccorporation.net.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and includes statements relating to our beliefs regarding our solutions’ ability to help our customers expand business, reduce costs, engage workforces, increase line efficiencies, improve labor utilization, provide real-time workforce empowerment and real-time visibility into operating metrics, our beliefs regarding the ability to realize upfront value using our products, our beliefs regarding customer and industry needs and preferences, our beliefs about improvements to efficiency, our beliefs regarding our franchise partner program and other statements we may make. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties and changes in circumstances. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements including, among others: the conditions of market; the continued ability of Ross Enterprise and CDC Factory solutions to address process manufacturer's business requirements; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing ERP and manufacturing operations management solutions; and development of new functionalities which would allow companies to compete more effectively. Results will vary from customer to customer given their particular facts and circumstances. Further information on risks or other factors that could cause results to differ is detailed in filings or submissions with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission made by CDC Corporation in its Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2007 on Form 20-F filed on June 30, 2008 and as amended on September 15, 2008. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to management as of the date of the press release, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward looking statements which speak only as of the date of this press release. The company assumes no obligation to update or alter the forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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