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Owens Corning Continues Global Deployment of Advantage 2000 Information Technology

13 April 2001


Owens Corning plans to continue deploying its Advantage 2000 information technology system as the supply chain solution for its global Composites Systems Business. The overall deployment will take 18 to 24 months and includes Latin America; Korea (including all of the Asia Pacific region); India; Apeldoorn, The Netherlands; Liversedge, U.K.; and San Vicente, Spain.

""The continued transition to Advantage 2000 will enable the common system and process integration that is required to achieve the organization's business outcomes, including increasing total supply chain efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction,"" says Heinz Otto, president, Composites Systems Business. ""When fully deployed throughout our global business, Advantage 2000 will enable us to implement supply chain efficiencies on a global basis, rather than relying on a patchwork of regional solutions,"" says Otto.

The first deployment is scheduled for Latin America, with a full project kick-off of May 1, 2001, and ""go-live"" by Oct. 31, 2001. The second deployment is scheduled for the Asia Pacific region, which includes the Kimchon, Korea facility and supporting supply chain operations. The target for ""go-live"" in Asia Pacific is no later than May 2002. The schedule for the remaining locations will be developed in the third quarter this year. ""As with past Owens Corning Advantage 2000 deployments, the deployment teams will consist of experts from the Business, IS, and Process organizations,"" says David Johns, senior vice president and chief information officer. ""The detailed planning process for the Latin America deployment has already begun. In addition, a communication plan is being developed to keep everyone informed of Composites' Advantage 2000 Deployment activities and progress.

""We have a lot of positive experience from our deployment of Advantage 2000 in North America,"" continues Johns, ""but this next phase will present special challenges in the variety of languages, local business practices and time zones."" Launched in 1994, Advantage 2000 is a global systems and process- reengineering initiative, at the heart of which is SAP's e-business platform software. Advantage 2000 has reduced the number of software programs used by Owens Corning from more than 250 to fewer than 10. It has already saved more that $50 million in annual working capital and supply chain costs.

Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials systems and composites systems. The company has sales of $5 billion and employs approximately 20,000 people worldwide. Additional information is available on Owens Corning's Web site