Avanade(R) Automotive Solution Helps Haldex Reduce Inventory, Increase Productivity and Improve Quality



    Haldex Streamlines Manufacturing Processes and Reduces Costs with
Avanade's Lean Enterprise Management Solution for Microsoft(R) Dynamics AX(TM)

    SEATTLE, March 7 /CNW/ - Avanade Inc., a global IT consultancy, announced
today that it has delivered a comprehensive enterprise business solution to
customer Haldex, a leading global automotive supplier, that has played a
pivotal role in helping the manufacturer achieve significant gains in business
performance. By supporting key elements of its lean transformation program,
the solution has helped Haldex reduce inventory by up to 35 percent, increase
productivity up to 50 percent, and drive improvements in product quality by up
to 25 percent.

    "Given the global manufacturing market today, we believe that lean
manufacturing is a key component of our strategic survival," explained Donovan
Dean, CIO, Haldex, "and the Avanade Automotive solution is a core component in
our implementation strategy. Any medium to large manufacturer should evaluate
Microsoft Dynamics AX and the Lean Enterprise Management capabilities from
Avanade to improve throughput costs, lead times and quality."

    In 2003, Haldex designed a corporate methodology, known as The Haldex
Way, to streamline manufacturing processes using lean manufacturing principles
and practices. A holistic solution, The Haldex Way called for a pull-based
business model, so that products would be manufactured based on customer
demand rather than forecasts. By combining Avanade's experience with Microsoft
Dynamics AX, lean manufacturing and supporting Microsoft technologies with
Haldex's business innovation methodology, Avanade and Haldex developed a
comprehensive and easy-to-use business system that supports The Haldex Way.
The solution reduces inventory and increases visibility into the supply chain,
enabling near real-time updates of costs in the general ledger and ordering
replenishment. It also accelerates processing for sales and expenses.

    "The Haldex Way is an innovative and comprehensive program that brings
together elements of continuous improvement in people, processes and the
technology to deliver long-term improvements in all operations," said Kim
Gable, General Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions for Avanade. "By
leveraging the flexible Microsoft Dynamics AX platform and by using the
advanced features of Avanade's Lean Enterprise Management solution, Haldex is
eliminating waste and generating value for their customers and across their
entire supply chain. Haldex should be commended for its innovative planning
and use of technology and stands as a model for the others in the automotive
industry."

    Haldex was recently selected by Microsoft for special recognition as the
2007 Pinnacle Award Winner for Overall Excellence for outstanding business
achievements. The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1997, are presented yearly
and recognize Microsoft Dynamics customers that have achieved notable
accomplishments using Microsoft Dynamics applications. Haldex will receive
recognition in San Diego on March 14th at Convergence 2007, Microsoft's annual
customer event.

    Avanade's industry expertise and adaptable, integrated, and
cost-effective ERP solutions for automotive suppliers, industrial equipment
manufacturers and high-tech manufacturers enable customers to increase
productivity and boost operational efficiency. Avanade has successfully
implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX for customers across North America, Asia,
and Europe.

    About Avanade

    Avanade is a global IT consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft
platform to help enterprises achieve profitable growth. Through proven
solutions that extend Microsoft technologies, Avanade helps enterprises
increase revenue, reduce costs, and reinvest in innovation to gain competitive
advantage. Our consultants deliver value according to each customer's
requirements, timeline, and budget by combining insight, innovation, and the
talent of our global workforce. Additional information can be found at
www.avanade.com.

    Avanade and the Avanade logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Avanade Inc. Other product, service, or company names mentioned herein are the
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.




For further information:

For further information: Avanade Charlie Zaragoza, 206-239-5893
charliez@avanade.com or Edelman Kate Whitman, 206-268-2222
kate.whitman@edelman.com

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