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With more than 32,000 employees globally and plants in 21 countries, Cooper Standard needed to connect 120 sites to provide better data and drive business decisions.
Cooper Standard is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, it manufactures a range of products, including rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses, and anti-vibration systems.
Boasting more than 50 years of automotive excellence and innovation, Cooper Standard has grown via acquisitions around the globe. Many of the acquired companies came with existing technology systems that ran independently. The company could not easily gain a good global view into either its business processes or data.
Cooper Standard decided to move its 120 facilities from nearly 50 existing disparate systems to a single instance of SAP. This would mean developing one global process as well as common data elements to support easier reporting, facilitate business decisions, and improve data quality. Creating this single process provides numerous advantages, such as making the company more agile and better able to make quick business decisions.
“Now I have a global view of almost all of my data in one place,” says Soma Venkat, Vice President of Information Technology, Cooper Standard. “The speed with which I can get my inventory control is much better and my talent is more mobile. It gives me the ability to move people from one plant to another seamlessly when there is a labor shortage. It is a huge win for the company and it also keeps our talent happy.”
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