NEC Philippines has partnered with Koyo Manufacturing Philippines for its pilot ERP implementation of SAP All-in-One in the ASEAN region. The partnership resulted in process improvements, faster turnaround time, and high data visibility among other benefits for the JTEKT Corp.-owned leading bearings maker Koyo Manufacturing Philippines Corp.
KMP is a world-leading manufacturer for bearings in the automotive and industrial sectors. Its Philippine plant is located at Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas.
With SAP partner NEC Philippines as its solutions provider, KMP went live with SAP® A1 on July 10 —10 days ahead of the expected Go Live Date – integrating its key Sales and Distribution, Materials Management, Production Planning, Financials and Controlling with the support of NEC’s SAP-certified implementation consultants in the implementation.
Takashi Ito, KMP President, emphasized the significance of the SAP® A1 implementation for the company in a turnover ceremony at the KMP plant attended by top KMP and NEC Philippines officials.
Beth Pangan, NEC Philippines Director for Sales and Marketing, said it was a privilege to work with KMP to realize improvements in operations after implementing SAP® A1. “We are thankful that KMP gave us the opportunity to be their partner for deployment of solutions which will help them improve operational efficiencies,” Pangan said. “It is an honor for us to be working with Ito, Uchida and their team.”
Overcoming the obstacles
“For the past 13 years, KMP has been doing everything manually. This meant the KMP members invested more time doing manual reports instead of other tasks,” Ito said. “We had a difficult time making production schedules, purchasing the parts, calculating accounting data. It took a long time because we were using Excel. It’s quite manual and very simple. It takes a long time to keep our operations efficient.”
The slow turn-around and cause of delay forced KMP to consider enterprise resource planning software to handle vast amounts of data processing within the company. “We asked for so many providers of solutions that might help us,” Ito said. “We made comparisons of different providers and different brands. Then we came up to choose NEC as a provider and SAP All-in-One as the ERP solution.”
JTEKT Head Office in Japan gave the go-ahead for the implementation on September 2012. Project implementation began last February and was completed in October.
“Although the target go-live date for SAP was achieved 10 days ahead of schedule, KMP polished each module until its completion date on October 18,”Ito explained. The KMP members underwent extensive training to gain the knowledge and experience to operate the SAP system. “Our members were eager to know and understand how we can benefit from the system. Although we did not expect the migration of data to require long hours, we worked until midnight just to finish everything.”