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IDS, part of the IBS Group , has signed an agreement with Hino Motors Sales USA (Hino Trucks) for a new ERP-solution tailored for the automotive industry.

The new solution will give Hino greater control over truck sales and distribution, warranty claims, spare parts and accessory stock and supply. The order value amounts to $US1.3 million.

Hino Trucks is the U.S. distribution company for Hino Motors Limited of Tokyo, Japan. Based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Hino Trucks sells and services medium sized commercial trucks.

In order to facilitate the extremely high growth and expansion of the business in the important US market, Hino Trucks wanted to replace its present legacy application with a modern ERP solution tailored for the automotive industry.

Hino is now in the process of building a nationwide sales and service network that will offer a new line of conventional medium-duty trucks incorporating leading-edge Hino Diesel engines and American produced driveline components.

A new spare parts distribution center in Memphis and a new management team is also part of the investment made in the US, the largest automotive market in the world.

The agreement covers the migration of existing (legacy) applications for Hino Trucks to a highly functional and flexible system that will provide the basis for the company to substantially and quickly grow its business and market share in America towards 30,000 units per annum and beyond.

The IDS solution will provide greater control over truck sales and distribution, warranty claims, spare parts and accessory stock and supply. With the new highly automated system, Hino will also be able to significantly enhance productivity of staff.

Most of the transactions volumes will be done by the dealers themselves, such as placing orders and entering warranty claims.

Hino Trucks will also enjoy the benefits of improved reporting, increased visibility and strong integration with the head office in Japan.

The new system (IDSe42), will include parts, warranty, vehicles, BI, WMS, dealer connect and account modules and is planned to go live on October 31, 2005.

IDS has a 22 year history of providing world class solutions to many of the largest automotive companies including Porsche, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

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