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Frank & Pignard Chooses QAD Enterprise Applications to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Leading Automotive Parts Manufacturer Relies on Latest QAD ERP Solution to Drive its Business

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF., September 12, 2012 – QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB), a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies, and its strategic alliance partner, Sopra Group, announced today that Frank & Pignard SAS, a wholly-owned division of Maike Group, has gone live with the latest edition of QAD Enterprise Applications.

Frank & Pignard provides a variety of power steering and engine injection parts for major automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Founded in 1929, the company operates three production plants located in Thyez, France. As a QAD customer since 1999, Frank & Pignard relies on QAD Enterprise Applications to efficiently manage its business.

With the automotive market recovering, and ambitious plans for growth in place, the company identified an opportunity to leverage additional new functionality by upgrading to the latest Enterprise Edition of QAD Enterprise Applications.

"We needed to enhance our system to provide our customers the level of support they require," explained René Pierre Chemama – CIO, Frank & Pignard SAS. "By upgrading to QAD’s latest edition of Enterprise Applications we have ensured that we can continue to provide the best service for our existing customers as well as attract new clients."

A critical customer driven change for the company was the complete redesign of their existing EDI platform. As part of the upgrade, Frank & Pignard has standardised all EDI communication with its car manufacturer clients using the QAD EDI solution which is expected to have a direct impact on supply chain efficiency.

The project was delivered by a combined team comprised of personnel from QAD, Sopra Group, and Frank & Pignard. QAD’s deployment methodology was used to standardize on best practices and minimize the need for customizations. The implementation of the latest Enterprise Edition at both sites was achieved in less than five months.

Another key deliverable from the upgrade was the new functionality contained within the QAD Enterprise Financials suite. The company’s finance team implemented a shared services structure across their European operations to drive efficiencies and gain competitive advantage. QAD’s built-in Operational Metrics allow the company to closely monitor its key performance indicators, and rapidly take action if needed.

"We are focused on delivering enterprise applications that help our customers become more effective enterprises," said Steve Gardner EMEA vice president, sales and marketing, QAD. "Moreover we continue to work closely with our global customers to help ensure they are evolving their usage of QAD technology, upgrade innovation and services to gain optimal benefit and speed time to value."

About Frank & Pignard

Frank & Pignard has provided automotive parts to the European market since they were founded in 1929. The company specializes in the production of power steering and engine injection components. Frank & Pignard primarily sell to the European Automotive markets and name PSA Peugeot/Citroen, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen amongst their customers. Frank & Pignard employs over 500 people and operates three manufacturing facilities in the Vallée de L’Arve.

About QAD

QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at

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