Manufactures systems and components made of polymer materials and natural fiber plastic composites for the automotive industry.
Problems with its file transfer solutions such as slow file transfers, attachments too large for IBM Notes, slow speeds and issues passing data through China.
Röchling Automotive chose the Thru Add-In for IBM Notes based on treeMailS and Thru OptiSPEED™ to enable fast large file transfers for its thousands of users.
The Röchling Group is one of the world’s leading companies with a broad technology base that extends to all areas of plastics processing. Its automotive division, Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG, manufactures systems and components made of polymer materials and natural fiber plastic composites for the automotive industry. With more than 8,500 employees, the company operates globally with 36 locations spread over four continents.
As a leader in the automotive manufacturing industry, Röchling Automotive has thousands of employees who collaborate from offices that span across four continents with the main locations in Europe, United States, China and Brazil. Their business processes require employees to share large files (e.g., CAD files up to 5GB) across multiple geographies with customers, partners and vendors.
For ad-hoc file transfers, Röchling Automotive was using different file sharing solutions, which started to become burdensome for employees to get work done efficiently and for IT to manage. Some of the top problems Röchling faced with its file sharing solutions were:
Röchling searched for a secure file transfer solution to meet their requirements:
In order to fulfill its unique requirements, Röchling Automotive chose the Thru File Exchange and Collaboration Platform and its Add-In for IBM Notes based on treeMailS technology.
With integration of Thru, Röchling Automotive’s thousands of users can now securely send files of any size from their existing IBM Notes clients without the email client ever being blocked. IT administrators can set policies for the Thru Add-In for IBM Notes to require file transfers to be sent with Thru when attachments are over a specific file size. Administrators can also set several other custom policies, such as setting the maximum lifetime for a file package or making it mandatory to send using Thru from specific file directories. After file transfers are sent, all transactions are recorded in Thru and can be easily analyzed and reported by administrators.
To solve problems with slow file transfer speeds and issues passing data through China, Röchling Automotive now uses Thru’s global network of data centers powered by Thru OptiSPEED technology. Using OptiSPEED, file uploads and downloads are automatically re-routed around global network congestion points via “cloud-optimized routing” technology; this improves file uploads and downloads by up to 20x the original speeds. To further improve collaboration in shared folders over long distances, Thru Mirroring technology is used to automatically mirror folders to other data centers and provide faster access to data.
Now that Röchling Automotive is using Thru as its single global file sharing solution, significant benefits are being realized that were not possible with its previous solution, including: