Plexus Online On Demand Manufacturing Performance System Integrates NGK Spark Plug for U.S. Sales Operations

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 11 -- Plexus Systems, providers of the on demand manufacturing performance system Plexus Online, today announced the U.S. division of NGK Spark Plugs is deploying Plexus Online to manage the sales activities of its U.S. automotive accounts.

NGK Spark Plugs will use Plexus Online, delivered via the software as a service model, as a project management tool to optimize its automotive accounts based in the U.S.

Plexus Online will provide the sales teams with a common point of reference, better communication and better aligned processes. In addition, NGK Spark Plugs will utilize Plexus Online's Quality modules, which align with business principles used by U.S. automotive customers.

As NGK Spark Plugs utilizes Plexus Online, it will review the system for possible use in its U.S. manufacturing operations for spark plugs and other automotive components.

Plexus Online is an on demand manufacturing performance system (MPS), combining the capabilities of (ERP), manufacturing execution systems (MES), quality management, customer relationship management (CRM), shop floor integration, and much more. With the ability to manage a single facility or a global enterprise, Plexus Online utilizes lean principles to enable manufacturers to closely track and manage critical aspects of their operation, anywhere, anytime. Plexus Online consists of over 350 functional modules, allowing companies instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple web browser.

About NGK Spark Plugs, Inc.

NGK Spark Plugs (Wixom, Michigan) Inc. is a subsidiary of NGK Spark Plug Co., LTD. (Japan). In addition to U.S. factories in Irvine, California and Sissonville, West Virginia, NGK Spark Plug Co., LTD has nine other production facilities worldwide supplying spark plugs, oxygen sensors and other automotive component products. The company produces spark plugs for virtually every automotive, motorcycle, marine and small engine application.

About Plexus Systems

Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online(TM) is a true on demand manufacturing performance system, delivering a powerful, real-time interface to integrate and manage the total manufacturing enterprise. Plexus Systems originated internally at a manufacturing company, and was designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online also enables businesses to manage other top priorities, such as accounting, compliance and human resources. Plexus Systems serves a cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies headquartered in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Plexus Systems has partnered with Apax Partners (, one of the world's leading global private equity groups, to drive global expansion and further strengthen the company's products, services and market position. Apax Partners operates across the US, Europe and Asia and has more than $20 billion in funds under management and advice. In 2006, funds advised by Apax made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus.

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Source: Plexus Systems, Inc.


Peggy Fenwick, On behalf of Plexus Systems,


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