Celestica Inc. said Monday that it will implement a supply chain solution from Aspect Development Inc. as a way to strengthen ties with customers.
The Canadian-based electronics manufacturing services company will integrate Aspect's Component and Supplier Management technology with its extranet.
Celestica expects to see several advantages come from its relationship with Aspect, said Andrew Gort, senior vice president of Global Supply Chain Management.
For instance, with the new system in place, Celestica will receive decision support capabilities to determine preferred parts, designs and suppliers. Also, customers will be able to configure products over the Internet.
Additionally, Celestica will use Aspect's part database to devise common parts numbers, which often vary from supplier to supplier. And, since it will be able to link worldwide systems together, it will be better able to track procurement practices and leverage its buying power.
"The plan is to deploy same tools everywhere, have the database accessible to all of our locations, and have it run off one server," said Gort. "It's an automatic bridge."
The arrangement with Aspect ties in with Celestica's short and long-term goals of enhancing its supply chain management strategy and growing the company from a $3 billion business to a $10 billion operation by 2001.
The company has already laid some of the groundwork to achieve those objectives.
Earlier this month, Celestica signed an agreement for warehousing and distribution services with Expeditors International Inc. Expeditors will act as a third party logistics provider to Celestica's manufacturing sites, suppliersand customers around the world. The relationship supports Celestica's supply chain initiative -- the Global Supplier Managed Inventory program - for outbound products for its customers, as well as for inbound components being supplied to Celestica for its global manufacturing sites.
In the near future, Celestica plans to utilize software products from i2 Technologies Inc. that will allow the company and customers to do real-time demand planning, said Gort.