ASAT goes global with new ERP system

Von Abigail Ho

Hong Kong-based semiconductor package design, assembly and test services provider ASAT Holdings Ltd. has gone global with its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, connecting 350 users in its China manufacturing plants, Hong Kong headquarters and worldwide sales offices.

Wanting to enhance its competitive position in the international market, ASAT contracted IBM Business Consulting Services (BCS) to develop its business strategy and help implement a new ERP system.

The IBM-supplied ERP system, includes and Camstar"s Manufacturing Execution Systems, transforms ASAT"s decentralized operating environment into a more centralized, flexible, responsive and resilient workplace.

ASAT CEO Robert Gange said the implementation would enable the company to dramatically improve its business processes and enhance its operating efficiencies. Since the ERP system created greater access to information, it would help the company proactively identify potential issues and pursue business opportunities, resulting in better insight and better service to customers.

Apart from helping ASAT with the actual implementation, IBM will also provide 24x7 support to the company"s approximately 350 users in China, Hong Kong, the US, Europe and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. IBM BCS has implemented SAP solutions at ASAT in multiple rollouts over the past two years.