NEEDHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 2, 2007— PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company(TM), today announced that KTM Sportmotorcycle AG, headquartered in Mattighofen (Austria), has selected the PTC(R) Product Development System (PDS) to support its growth strategy which is being driven by highly innovative products. The championship winning manufacturer of off-road motorcycles is expanding its use of PTC solutions to encompass Windchill, the PTC content and process management solution. The strategic move to an integral PDS will enable KTM to optimize their product development process and thereby accelerate the pace of innovation, reduce time-to-market and allow additional focus on new market segments.
Since the 1970s KTM has successfully specialized in leading-edge
sports motorbikes, winning numerous world championships in motor cross
and enduro competitions as well as in grueling desert rallies such as
the Rally Dakar. The company has a long pedigree of innovation:
leading the market in the introduction of disc brakes, upside-down
forks and progressive link rear suspension in off-road chassis design.
With its revolutionary LC4 family of four-stroke engines KTM helped
break the dominance of two-stroke engines in off-road competitions
that had lasted more than two decades.
KTM has used PTC Pro/ENGINEER as its standard 3D CAD/CAM/CAE
software for the entire product design since 1999, enabling the rapid
transfer of innovative ideas into successful products. This speed of
innovation has been key to KTM's growth rates, which have often
exceeded 15% annually - e.g. culminating in 84,000 units sold in 2006.
The expansion of KTM's product portfolio into road-going sports bikes
and new markets including Quad vehicles and the revolutionary concept
sports car "X-Bow" (poised for introduction in 2008), are further
planned milestones in KTM's growth path.
To ensure innovation and product quality for the extended product
portfolio, KTM partners with companies such as the Italian race car
manufacturer Dallara for carbon chassis manufacturing or Audi for
engine and power trains. To better manage its product development
processes, KTM required a Web-based single architecture that could
enable product collaboration and project management in a secure
environment. Building on its long and successful partnership with PTC
and following an exhaustive evaluation process, KTM decided to
complement its engineering infrastructure with PTC Windchill. The
project is being implemented by PTC Global Services, who is
responsible for all aspects of the deployment including business
process consulting, solution architecture design, project management,
implementation, training and rollout.
"KTM is committed to delivering sports motorcycles that offer our
customers competitive advantage on the racetrack," said Harald
Ploeckinger, Member of the Management Board KTM Sportmotorcycle AG.
"Our 'Ready to Race' philosophy requires leading-edge technology with
rapid response to change and precise execution. The PTC Product
Development System addresses our need to complement innovation with
structured processes in an integral IT environment."
"The pace of innovation in automotive markets requires a PLM
solution that is easy to deploy and easy to use, but doesn't sacrifice
on power when it comes to content and process management
capabilities," said Martin Walters, director, automotive market
strategy, PTC. "Because our integral PDS provides the right mix of
power and ease, it is increasingly being adopted by leading
manufacturing companies as their PLM backbone to help realize an
efficient management of product development processes, information,
timelines and costs."
About KTM Sportmotorcycle AG
KTM was founded in 1934 and started producing motorcycles in 1953.
Throughout KTM's history, the company has been on the leading edge of
motorcycle technology. Under the tag line "Ready to Race" KTM
manufactures a comprehensive Range of sports motorcycles,
predominantly for off-road use. In addition the company for the first
time in its history will launch a car - X-Bow based on an Audi engine
and a Dallara sourced chassis. For more information please go to
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