Implementation of manufacturing operations management solution at multiple plants expected to be completed within 10 months
HONG KONG, ATLANTA, December 8, 2008
CDC Software, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) and a provider of industry-specific enterprise software applications and business services, announced today that this multi-plant, public company and food industry leader is expected to implement the CDC Factory manufacturing operations management solution at all its North American plants to improve its overall profit margins.
CDC Software completed the contract with this new customer in October 2008, and expects to implement the CDC Factory solution at the company’s first plant by April, 2009 and complete implementation at all of its North American plants by August, 2009.
During the evaluation process with the customer, CDC Software conducted a three-day Factory Performance Audit and Benchmark evaluation and identified potential annualized performance gains averaging approximately $1.0 million per plant. According to this benchmark evaluation, these performance improvements are likely to contribute directly to the company’s profitability.
“We are delighted to add this leading food producer to our growing list of multi-plant customers,” said Mark Sutcliffe, president of the CDC Factory product line of CDC Software. “With the recessionary climate driving increased demand for economical food-at-home products, food producers are actively seeking new ways to increase capacity without large capital expenditures. CDC Factory addresses these challenges, and enables enterprises to increase cases-per-labor-hour using their existing plant and labor resources. Since CDC Factory is a pre-packaged solution for the food and beverage industry, it typically can be deployed in as little as six to eight weeks per plant. Without a costly and time-consuming software implementation process, CDC Factory helps to directly and quickly drive improvements from the workforce, so that customers can get immediate financial benefit.”
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 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, increase capacity, reduce costs, engage workforces, increase line efficiencies, improve labor utilization, standardize metrics and data, 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 expectations regarding customer implementations, including the timing, expected benefit and possible gains relating thereto, our beliefs regarding customer and industry needs and preferences, our beliefs about improvements to efficiency, 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 CDC Factory solutions to address process manufacturer's business requirements; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing 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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