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Marine diesel engine manufacturer evolves from R&D business to global trader following ERP investment
After ten years of intensive product development on its marine diesel engine, Cox Powertrain is evolving from pure research and development (R&D) to become a vendor with the ability to handle global transactions. In order to do this, the company identified a need for an ERP system that could support its current operations in the UK and US while providing the business with flexibility to grow in line with product demand.
Epicor, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced that Cox Powertrain has chosen its global enterprise resource planning solution. Epicor ERP will be deployed in the cloud to support the manufacturer’s first international product launch and accelerate its largescale global growth ambitions.
Set for commercial launch of the highest power density diesel outboard engine ever developed, the CXO300, the business anticipates a substantial product demand. The outboard is garnering significant interest from military organisations around the world, who are legally required to phase out the use of petrol-driven equipment in favour of diesel engines.
After an extensive and competitive evaluation process the decision was made to go with Epicor ERP. The key drivers behind this choice were scalability and cost. Competitive ERP vendors offered options that would be too costly and prohibit the business’s growth. The lower total cost of ownership offered with Epicor ERP will support the growth as demand for the product increases.
Tony Ferrier, IT director at Cox Powertrain said, “We opted to use Epicor Managed Services, to have everything hosted in the cloud and managed remotely for us. The turnaround to get Epicor ERP up and running was incredibly fast and pain free,” added Ferrier. “We are a small business that’s currently pre-revenue but based on where we want to be in the next few years, we didn’t want to be implementing an ERP system that couldn’t grow with us. With Epicor ERP being hosted in the cloud we can easily scale it to our needs. We look forward to really putting it through its paces when we enter full production.”
Sabby Gill, from Epicor Software added, “The marine propulsion market hasn’t seen this type of innovation for a long time. We’re excited to be playing a critical role in getting Cox Powertrain fit for the much anticipated increase in sales when it opens its doors, and then supporting the business with the scalability and agility it needs as it establishes itself as a major global marine brand.”