A TECHNOLOGY firm has secured a major deal to overhaul the IT infrastructure of a leading car parts supplier.

SITS Group will implement a string of recommendations after a four-week consultancy project to assess the performance of the IT infrastructure at Unipres UK, in Sunderland.

Unipres, which provides parts for the neighbouring Nissan factory, has a turnover of £146m and employs more than 600 staff in Sunderland and Birmingham. The new IT set-up will serve both UK production plants and gives staff at Nissan access from anywhere in the world.

Ian Kent, senior technical consultant at Newcastle based SITS Group, who led the project, said: “The consultancy phase showed a very common scenario.

The majority of the basic components were in place, but the way the infrastructure was set up meant that as the load on the system increased, its performance would have deteriorated in real terms.

“Unipres now has a stronger, more agile IT system that will easily cope with the growing needs of the business.”

Guy Capstaff, head of information systems at Unipres, added: “As part of our continuous improvement ethos we are constantly looking for ways to drive efficiency while keeping costs down. We knew we were not getting the best performance from our infrastructure, which is where SITS’ insight was very helpful.”