WebFOCUS Delivers Real-Time Service to Arvin’s Aftermarket Auto Products Customers

Information Builders, a global leader in the combined Web reporting and enterprise integration solutions known as i-business(TM), recently announced that its Business Intelligence solution, WebFOCUS, was used to develop a business-to-business Web site for Arvin Industries’ aftermarket products division, Arvin Replacement Products. The site, arp.arvin.com, is a secure Web portal focused on providing higher levels of service and information to Arvin’s growing customer base of auto parts distributors, retailers and installers.

Specifically, the B2B portal provides Arvin Replacement Products’ customers with access to real-time information on their business activity with Arvin, such as the current status of their orders, and invoice and accounts receivable information. Access to customer-specific information is protected through a security process requiring a unique ID and password.

In addition, users can access online application data and competitive product interchange information for the company’s Gabriel ride-control products and Purolator filters. Application information for Arvin’s aftermarket exhaust products and StrongArm gas-charged lift supports will also be added in the near future.

Dan Daniel, president of Arvin Replacement Products, said, “arp.arvin.com is only the first step in our strategy to be a leader in e-business for the automotive aftermarket. We are dedicated to using the technology of the Internet to improve our business processes and provide superior value in all of our customer partner relationships.”

“A key part of arp.arvin.com’s infrastructure is our relationship with Information Builders,” Mr. Daniel was quick to add. “The firm has played a significant role in assisting us in turning data into valuable information. The superior functionality and usability of its WebFOCUS Business Intelligence solution, combined with the expertise and professionalism of its Consulting Services Division, enabled Arvin Replacement Products to quickly and easily deliver the right information at the right time.”

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According to Information Builders president and CEO Gerald D. Cohen, “We’re very pleased that our i-business technology and consulting expertise was an integral part of Arvin’s ambitious and exciting B2B portal project. The future belongs to companies like Arvin that realize the tremendous business potential of the Web, and to companies like Information Builders that can help them achieve that potential.”

About Information Builders

Information Builders supplies the market-leading Web business intelligence and enterprise integration solutions. The combined strengths of these core technologies provide organizations with the ability to dynamically transform all of their data into valuable business information. This information can be distributed immediately via the Web to customers, employees and partners throughout the world. This unique and comprehensive solution known as i-business makes dynamic, scalable and cost-effective e-business applications possible.

Headquartered in New York City, Information Builders is one of the largest independently owned software companies in the world, with more than 5,000 customer sites, including 90 of the Fortune 100, currently using its core technologies. The company employs more than 2,000 professionals worldwide and generated revenues exceeding $340 million in 1999. To learn more about Information Builders’ products and services, point your Web browser to www.informationbuilders.com.

About Arvin Industries

Arvin Industries, Inc., is a global manufacturer of original equipment and aftermarket automotive components, with more than 60 manufacturing facilities and 6 technical centers located in 22 countries. Arvin is a leading manufacturer of automotive-exhaust systems; ride-control products; air, oil, and fuel filters; and gas-charged lift supports. Products are sold under trademarks including Arvin, Maremont, Timax, ANSA, and ROSI exhaust systems; Gabriel and RydeFX shock absorbers; Purolator filters; and StrongArm and Motor Mite gas charged lift supports.

Arvin Replacement Products is a global automotive aftermarket company providing exhaust, filter, and ride-control products to its customers. In North America, Arvin Replacement Products markets its products under the Arvin, Gabriel, Maremont, and Purolator brand names, as well as various private labels, to the full range of aftermarket customers, including retailers, distributors, and installers. Arvin Replacement Products is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessess and is a division of Arvin Industries, Inc. More information about Arvin Replacement Products may be obtained at our consumer Web sites — www.gabriel.com, www.maremont.com, and www.pureoil.com.