Team Lotus, the Formula One team that brought the much-loved Lotus name back into Grand Prix racing last year,  has announced that their implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, has enabled them to achieve full control and visibility of purchasing and stock during this period of rapid growth. Microsoft Gold partner, eBECS, recognised internationally for its success in delivering Microsoft Dynamics solutions to numerous organisations across the globe led Team Lotus to Microsoft Dynamics AX. Highly experienced in the design and delivery of manufacturing solutions, particularly in the automotive sector, eBECS managed the development of the solution across Team Lotus' entire operation.

Richard St Clair-Quentin, Commercial Manager at Team Lotus explains: "It was imperative to us that the ERP system strictly control and manage our stock. Our cars are highly engineered and we use expensive materials, such as carbon fibre and titanium, so we have to be sure that we have full control and visibility over purchasing, manufacturing, stock holding and material consumption, all of which is underpinned by Microsoft Dynamics AX." One of the key considerations has been the sheer number of drawings processed, which can amount to over 100 every day, and in addition, the component parts that go into the creation of a Formula One racing car. At any one time, Team Lotus HQ can hold between 5,000 and 10,000 separate components, all of which need to be purchased and stored before they are used in the manufacturing process. 

The ease with which Team Lotus was able to integrate and deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX to help them manage their 720 suppliers, certainly helped the organisation reap benefits quickly.  In the future eBECS expects to broaden the scope of Microsoft Dynamics AX, expanding warehouse stock and manufacturing control, improving supplier management, increasing the facility to report the impact analysis of engineering changes, and implementing financial business process improvements.Richard St Clair-Quentin said: "Microsoft Dynamics AX implemented by eBECS is the best solution for our needs. The interface is familiar, which is helpful when the team is growing so quickly and in such numbers, it is scalable so it can expand with our needs and it gives us solid financial governance and support in our fast moving enterprise." "We are delighted to see the business value being derived by customers such as Team Lotus Formula One through the manufacturing functionalities and agility of the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution as well as the depth of industry knowledge brought by Microsoft's global partners such as eBECs." Said Rakesh Kumar, Global Product Director, Manufacturing, Microsoft Business Solutions. 

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