Albéa Chooses SolidWorks Software for Eco-design

SolidWorks Sustainability integrates analyses at the beginning of the product development process

WALTHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 28, 2012Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., the world leader in 3D solutions, recently announced that Albéa chose SolidWorks® Sustainability software to incorporate eco-design as a core part of its new product development. With experience in Life Cycle Assessment, Albéa wanted to invest in new tools to allow it to better respond to the sustainable product development needs of the packaging industry while preserving its competitive and technical leadership.

Albea's packaging designed in SolidWorks (Photo: Business Wire)

Albea's packaging designed in SolidWorks (Photo: Business Wire)

A major player in the packaging industry, with a wide range of products for the cosmetic, perfume, health and dental care markets, Albéa adopted Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools in 2003.

"These tools are essential for a large number of our employees, whether they are draftsmen, designers, salespeople or marketing professionals," stated Jean-Claude Jammet, Innovation & Development Director for Albéa. "They enable us to take a proactive position with our customers and respond rapidly to the needs of our market, while taking care to design products that meet sustainable development requirements. To optimize the tools, we chose new efficient solutions that are easy to implement, including six SolidWorks Sustainability licenses."

Being proactive and offering solutions as quickly as possible

Deploying SolidWorks Sustainability software in its design team, allows Albéa to quickly offer its customers eco-designed alternatives during the packaging development phase. The company can now directly measure and quantify the environmental impact of each design choice including the carbon footprint, the choice of materials or weight. In fact, iterations are performed throughout the design phase, and not only at the end, as in many eco-design processes. The Albéa LCA tool increases flexibility, speed and efficiency, an important asset in a field where the deadlines are critical for each new project.

Thanks to its partnership with SolidWorks Certified Reseller, Axemble, Albéa has become a driving force for helping customers meet both environmental and product criteria and critical design deadlines. The combination of Axemble’s support and Albéa’s recent technological investments positioned Albéa as a pioneer and leader in the use of eco-design tools in the plastic packaging industry.

About Albéa

Albéa is a leading company in the packaging industry, with a large range of solutions for the cosmetic, perfume, health and dental care markets. With its registered office in France, Albéa employs 9,500 people and operates, via its 33 industrial sites, in 13 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Albéa offers its customers products and services with high added value thanks to its strong industrial know-how, a real passion for innovation, and a global dimension, as well as talented teams. For more information, please refer to: www.albea-group.com.

About Axemble

A major integrator of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for industry and the leading French distributor of SolidWorks, Axemble has the benefit of 25 years unrivaled expertise in implementing 3D design solutions (SolidWorks), and in managing technical data. With a staff of 160 co-workers spread across nine agencies in France and a branch in Switzerland, sales of EUR 32 million in 2011, more than 12,000 installed SolidWorks licenses and 6,000 customers in the industrial field, Axemble is unbeatable in the field of PLM in France. For more information, visit www.axemble.com. Axemble is a subsidiary of the Visiativ group.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes S.A., is a world leader in the field of 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers to succeed through innovation. Our products offer an intuitive experience for designing products, simulation, publishing, data management and environmental impact assessment. For up-to-date information about the company and its products or to attend an online demonstration, please visit our website http://www.solidworks.com/sw/globalsites.htm, our blog or call+1 781 810 5011.

SolidWorks is a registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the U.S. and in other countries. The other registered trademarks and product names are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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