Concord, MA, USA – April 2, 2013 – aPriori, a provider of enterprise product cost management software solutions, today announced that Tofas, Turkey’s largest automotive manufacturer, has selected the aPriori platform to help accelerate its cost engineering efforts and identify new product cost savings opportunities earlier in the product lifecycle. The company expects to realize new operational efficiencies and increase the productivity of its cost engineering team as a result. Tofas is aPriori’s first customer in Turkey as it continues to expand its business across Europe.
A joint venture of Fiat and Koc Holdings, Tofas is the leading manufacturer of passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Turkey, with production capacity of 400,000 units per year. The company’s state-of-the-art factory in Bursa manufactures vehicles for five different global brands and is recognized for world-class manufacturing excellence and energy efficiency. aPriori’s platform will enable Tofas to standardize its product cost estimating process, bring more consistency and accuracy to its product costing efforts and improve its ability to design to cost. Users will be able to quickly understand the cost impact of different manufacturing conditions, locations and volumes. The software will also complement its costing abilities in specific areas such as machining and casting.
“In a capital-intensive business like automotive, the cost and time for rework and revalidation are very significant, so it’s critical to understand the true cost implications of your product design, before you move into sourcing and production,” said Gökhan Aydoğan, cost engineering manager at Tofas R&D. “aPriori brings tremendous science and consistency to our product costing efforts and will help us better understand our product costs at the design phase. The platform incorporates years of experience in optimizing product costs and manufacturing processes and makes this expertise available to a large part of our organization.”
aPriori’s Product Cost Management software platform helps companies attack cost at the point of origin by equipping design, engineering, sourcing and manufacturing professionals with the knowledge and technology infrastructure to quickly and precisely determine the cost of a part or complete product. The software leverages computer-aided design and intelligent cost models to quickly generate detailed manufacturing analysis and cost estimates and quantify the impact of changes to product design, materials, manufacturing processes, volumes and location. The software also enables users to leverage product cost data hosted in other critical enterprise applications to communicate product cost information between all functional organizations involved in product definition and delivery. This includes the import of complex engineering Bills of Materials (BOMs) from ERP, PLM or other enterprise applications.
“With aPriori, Tofas is building on its strong legacy of manufacturing efficiency and excellence,” said, Stephanie Feraday, aPriori president and CEO. “Tofas’ cost engineering teams now have a powerful capability to access precise, real-time cost assessments for products and parts early in the product lifecycle and across a larger portion of their products. That translates into significant new opportunities to reduce product costs and accelerate cycle time.”
aPriori software and services generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies. Using aPriori’s real-time product cost assessments, employees in engineering, sourcing and manufacturing make more-informed decisions that drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. With aPriori, manufacturers launch products at cost targets, maximize savings in re-work projects and avoid overpaying for sourced parts. To learn more about aPriori and its product cost management solutions and services, visit www.apriori.com or call 1.978.371.2006. To see an overview demonstration of aPriori, click here.
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