Glynwed International, the UK-based market leader in pipe systems, is to try out PTC’s web-based collaborative engineering technology, Windchill, this summer.
If the project works out, Glynwed will aim to bring the Windchill system into play across the whole enterprise.
Glynwed has already brought in online ordering on its food service and UK distribution businesses, and now plans a `lifestyle’ portal for users of its Aga cookers.
`This announcement, involving one of our largest businesses, positions us well in the business-to-business area where the greatest potential benefits are available,’ said Tony Wilson, Glynwed Group chief executive.
Pipe systems account for 80% of Glynwed’s turnover, which now stands at about £900m a year.
It has 10,000 employees based in 230 locations in 30 countries. The bulk of sales are from the UK and the US, within the utilities, industrial and building services sectors.
Glynwed is expecting Windchill to help it to cut product development time and improve product quality and customer service using its internet-based collaborative technology.
Massachusetts-based Parametric Technology Corporation develops and markets collaborative product commerce systems.
During the year to 30 September 1999, its sales were worth more than $1bn.
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