A French shipbuilder and repairer aims to double its revenues over the next five years and digital transformation is central to its plans.

Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, has announced that French shipbuilder Piriou has chosen Infor LN software to help transform its global production, repair, and maintenance operations.

Previously, Piriou used an AS/400-based ERP system that offered limited functionalities, only supported the French language and was not user friendly. This inhibited Piriou’s growing number of production and servicing operations users at its shipyards in Africa and Vietnam.

After a thorough review of eight vendors including IFS, Microsoft and SAP, Piriou chose Infor LN, supported by French systems integrator Hélyad.

Piriou plans a steady roll-out over the coming years, wishing to avoid a “big-bang” deployment approach. Its biggest facility — Chantiers Piriou in Concarneau, Northern France — should be the first site to go live, forecast for 2021. Its other sites in France, Africa and Vietnam will follow.

By Jake Frith