German Car Manufacturer to Rely on Multiphysics Engineering Simulation Solutions from ANSYS
SOUTHPOINTE, Pa. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 10, 2010 — ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s largest car producers, has signed a master agreement with ANSYS and intends to widen its use of the most comprehensive engineering simulation solution available today. The strategic decision to use ANSYS® software was due both to the bandwidth of applications that can be addressed as well as to the innovative ANSYS® Workbench™ platform that allows for a substantial process compression.
In its research and development, Volkswagen uses structural mechanics, fluid dynamics and explicit analysis tools from ANSYS to perform, among other applications, studies on climate control, headlights and engine internal flow.
“Simulation Driven Product Development™ is applied in nearly every industry to drive product development and accelerate time to market,” said Dr. Albrecht Gill, regional sales director at ANSYS Germany. “Mere experience and prototyping is not sufficient in today’s dynamic environment. Forward-looking companies like Volkswagen are increasing their use of simulation technology to lower their development costs and gain more confidence in designs.”
"The automotive market is highly competitive, and technological advances are being incorporated in modern cars at an ever-faster pace. To stay at the top, there is no way around applying simulation tools to drive product development and innovation. Our decision for simulation software from ANSYS is based on the depth and breadth of the solution we needed to cover our simulation needs," said Dr. Ralph Sundermeier, head of the Department for CAE-methods at Volkswagen AG. “The ANSYS Workbench concept is convincing because we can easily do coupled simulations and, in this way, accurately account for the entire range of physics.”
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The Volkswagen Group, headquartered in Wolfsburg (Germany), is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2008, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 6.257 million (2007: 6.190 million), corresponding to a 10.3 percent share of the world passenger car market. In Western Europe, the largest car market in the world, just over one in five new cars (20.3 percent) comes from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales rose in 2008 to 113.8 billion euros (2007: 108.9 billion). Profit after tax in the 2008 financial year amounted to 4.69 billion euros (2007: 4.12 billion).
The Group operates 61 production plants in fifteen European countries and a further six countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Around the world, nearly 370,000 employees produce more than 26,600 vehicles or are involved in vehicle-related services each working day. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in more than 150 countries. It is the goal of the Group to offer attractive, safe and environmentally sound vehicles which are competitive on an increasingly tough market and which set world standards in their respective classes.
ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a broad spectrum of industries and academia. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ over 1,600 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries.
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