Alenia Aeronautica Selects Fiper from SIMULIA for Enterprise-Wide Simulation Integration and Collaboration

Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA, November 11, 2008 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Alenia Aeronautica, "a Finmeccanica Company", a major commercial and defense aeronautics supplier, has chosen Fiper from SIMULIA as a key component of their enterprise-wide simulation process integration and collaboration framework to be developed under the Alenia Networked Enterprise Transformation (AleNET) initiative, which has been created to accelerate Alenia’s product development and innovation.

Within the scope of the Virtual and Physical Prototype Simulation stream of the AleNET project, Fiper will be used and integrated in the Alenia VPPS platform to capture and manage simulation workflows used across the multi-disciplinary design domain. SIMULIA will work with Alenia engineers and third-party partners, including Exemplar s.r.l., to implement the project.

"We selected Fiper for its capability to efficiently capture simulation workflows and its open component architecture that allows us to integrate a variety of in-house and commercial analysis systems," said Vittorio Selmin, ALENET VPPS leader, Alenia Aeronautica. "Fiper enhances our VPPS vision to leverage the broader scope of process integration within the framework of Simulation Lifecycle Management and enterprise-wide PLM”.

"Companies such as Alenia are demanding open architecture solutions that allow them to make simulation an integral, decision-driving practice within their product development process,” said Ken Short, VP Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The selection of Fiper by Alenia confirms our strategy of providing robust Simulation Lifecycle Management solutions that help companies improve efficiency while reducing the time and cost associated with bringing high-quality products to market.”
As part of SIMULIA’s Simulation Lifecycle Management portfolio, Fiper provides an open engineering framework to integrate, automate, and manage simulation processes and computing resources.
About Alenia Aeronautica:
Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, is the largest Italian aeronautic player which operates world-wide in the commercial and military aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures. Alenia Aeronautica also coordinates the activities of Alenia Aermacchi and Alenia Aeronavali - wholly owned companies - respectively active in the design and manufacturing of military trainer aircraft and in the overhaul, maintenance and modification of military and civil aircraft. With its joint venture ATR, SCAC and Superjet International, Alenia Aeronautica is the world leader in the regional turboprop market and a top player in the worldwide regional jet market. Over 2007 Alenia Aeronautica reported revenues of 2,306 millions Euro, backlog for 8,248 millions Euro and orders for 3,104. The total workforce is 13,301. www.alenia-aeronautica.it

About SIMULIA
SIMULIA is the Dassault Systèmes brand that delivers a scalable portfolio of Realistic Simulation solutions including the Abaqus product suite for Unified Finite Element Analysis, multiphysics solutions for insight into challenging engineering problems, and SIMULIA SLM for managing simulation data, processes, and intellectual property. By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that improves product performance, reduces physical prototypes, and drives innovation. Headquartered in Providence, RI, USA, with R&D centers in Providence and in Suresnes, France, SIMULIA provides sales, services, and support through a global network of regional offices and distributors. For more information, visit www.simulia.com.

About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.


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