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+ Demand Stream leads demand driven manufacturing momentum in the automotive industry

Reading, Berkshire UK - October 1, 2004 - For immediate release:

SoftBrands, a global leader in next-generation enterprise software for businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, has announced the successful implementation of the company's lean automation software product Demand Stream at automotive components and systems manufacturer Alfmeier Corporation. Alfmeier purchased Demand Stream to reduce purchasing and planning labour, inventory and inbound freight.

By implementing Demand Stream, Alfmeier has significantly reduced days of inventory stock, while also reducing the time required to process daily
releases to suppliers, by 80% (from four hours per day to 45 minutes per day).

Greg Kuzmic, IT manager of Alfmeier Corporation, said: "After the go-live of Demand Stream, we are supporting even higher production volumes with one
material planner. And now with our recent implementation of the supplier portal, the hours spent every day on just communicating releases to suppliers has been replaced with a self-service environment that automates that communication."

Alfmeier develops and manufactures fluid components and systems for the automotive industry primarily for fuel management, seat comfort and
convenience and engine management.

"Demand Stream gives us and our suppliers greater visibility of our data, enabling faster decision-making capability," said Kuzmic. "We have over 80
active suppliers to our Greenville facility; all of them are using the Demand Stream supplier portal to get their releases.

"After less than one week, we had about 70 per cent of our suppliers using all of the functionality of the portal that we required of them. This is largely due to the easy-to-use interface of the portal. In fact, several suppliers were so eager to start using the portal that they began using it before it officially launched so that they could see real-time inventory usage information."

SoftBrands is dedicated to helping maintain a balance in today's global economy, allowing customers to deliver on the benefits of real-time, demand-driven variability to their customers.

SoftBrands Inc., is a global leader in providing manufacturing solutions for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide currently focused on the hospitality and manufacturing industries. With more than 5,000 customers in over 60 countries now actively using its manufacturing (Fourth Shift(TM), Fourth Shift Edition(TM), evolution, Demand Stream) and hospitality products, SoftBrands has established a worldwide infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software. The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has over 500 employees with branch offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. (Additional information at


More information from:

Siobhan Robinson
Marketing Manager - EMEA
Telephone : +44 (0) 118 975 4080

Issued by:
Mark Mitchell
Pattison Mitchell & Associates
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7924 7700

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