Bianchi Chooses SolidWorks To Design High-End Bicycles

CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 16, 2007— Bianchi, a venerable Italian bicycle producer for more than a century, has chosen SolidWorks(R) and COSMOS(R) software to design better bicycles that display a powerful combination of high technology, design, and innovation.

Founded in 1885 and synonymous with "made in Italy," the Bergamo firm produces approximately 60,000 bicycles a year, including racing bicycles, mountain bikes, and bikes for children. Using SolidWorks Office Premium 3D CAD and COSMOSWorks(R) analysis software, Bianchi has dramatically shortened time to market and reduced materials usage by minimizing reliance on physical prototypes.

The company has always adopted innovative tools and techniques that can advance the Bianchi brand through superior technology, rapid product delivery, and flexible design capacity. To that end, 3D CAD and SolidWorks are now essential for Bianchi's bike and part design, whether in aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, or titanium.

"A bicycle must very much account for consumers' tastes, which demand new materials and exquisite designs," said Luca Minesso, Bianchi's design and production chief. "To meet these goals, it is essential for us to use advanced engineering tools like SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks software - tools that save us time and money by letting us finalize the finest details before designs are built. As such, SolidWorks software represents a fundamental competitive advantage for our firm today, both for its high-end features and its integration with other systems. And its widespread usage makes it easy to share designs with our suppliers in Asia, where SolidWorks is well known and highly regarded."

Bianchi uses COSMOSWorks Designer, which is completely integrated into SolidWorks software, to help ensure products are sufficiently strong, especially in a bike's high-stress areas.

"Bianchi is a time-honored Italian firm with unique products and the highest standards," said Luca Rossettini, SolidWorks country manager for Southern Europe. "In order for Bianchi to maintain its leadership, it is fundamental to equip Bianchi with the best available design and analysis tools. SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks analysis software are those products - flexible, easy to use, and ideal for the design of better bicycles or any two-wheeled machine."

Bianchi works with authorized SolidWorks reseller Solid Technology, supplier of solutions and certified competence in the CAD and design automation sectors, for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Bianchi

Bianchi, an historical Italian firm founded by Edoardo Bianchi in 1885, has been synonymous for 120 years with biking and great bicycles. As of May 1997, F.I.Vs. Edoardo Bianchi is part of the Cycleurope A.B. group, a Swedish firm of the Grimaldi group, recognized as the most important world holding in the cycling sector. The Bianchi group brands - Bianchi, Legnano, Puch, and Chiorda - are therefore joined to those of Cycleurope - Monark, Crescent, DBS, Kildemoes, Everton, Micmo, and Gitane - giving life to a unique network in the two-wheel market for its wide range of offerings and comprehensive worldwide distribution. Today, Cycleurope is able to implement high-level operational synergy involving prestigious entrepreneurial realities of the old continent, among which Bianchi forms the prominent name. www.bianchi.it

About Solid Technology

Solid Technology was formed in Milan in 1996, as a supplier of solutions and qualified competence in the CAD and design automation sector. Since Oct. 1, 2000, Solid Technology has been a part of Softpeople, a leading company in the IT sector. Solid Technology's mission is to offer mechanical production companies, design and industrial design studios, and universities not only classical and tested CAD/CAM/CAE solutions, but also its own growing experience, attuned to the evolution of the market, toward collaborative product definition management, which includes product data management (PDM). For more information, visit the company's Web site, www.solidtech.it.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS and COSMOSWorks are registered trademarks of Structural Research & Analysis Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2007 SolidWorks Corporation.

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