Volkswagen Standardizes on MSC.Software's MD Nastran

Volkswagen Joins the Growing number of European Automotive Manufacturers to Realize the Significant Technological and Financial Benefits of Implementing MSC.Software's MD Nastran

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), the leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, today announced that German development sites of one of the leading European automotive manufacturers, Volkswagen, have begun implementation of MSC.Software's multi-disciplinary solution, MD Nastran in their simulation environment.

The deployment of MD Nastran will create a fully harmonized simulation environment for Volkswagen that extends from the European headquarters in Wolfsburg, to other German development sites in Kassel and Braunschweig.

Volkswagen has enjoyed a long-standing development relationship with MSC.Software and chose MD Nastran as the path forward from their currently deployed MSC.Software solutions including Adams, SimDesigner and the custom simulation data management environment CAE-Bench. By combining the core functionality of MSC Nastran, Marc and Adams, MD Nastran allows manufacturing customers to address a broad set of multi-disciplinary engineering applications with higher accuracy and more reliable performance predictions. Integrated solution technology was a key factor in the Volkswagen decision, with routine analysis applications in statics and dynamics, also being extended to nonlinear standard load-cases in automotive development. Furthermore, as Volkswagen realized, an enterprise environment deployed across a number of production sites extends the pure technology benefits onto a much wider commercial scale.

"MD Nastran provides Volkswagen with the right combination of functionality and business value," said Dr. Malte Lewerenz, Manager of Simulation for Volkwagen AG. "By using MD Nastran, Volkswagen will not only harmonize the simulation environments at our German development sites, but will provide our engineers with the technology potential for future process innovations and optimization."

"Since its introduction in 2006, the acceptance of MD Nastran has extended well beyond the realm of the early adopters and multi-discipline simulation is rapidly becoming a cornerstone technology in automotive OEMs and their suppliers throughout Europe," said Amir Mobayen, senior vice president, MSC.Software EMEA operations. "More and more of these companies are recognizing that the enterprise simulation capabilities of MD Nastran provide technology and business benefits to enhance their capacity for innovation and as well as their competitive edge."

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About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS) is the global leader of enterprise simulation solutions, that help companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1100 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

About Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers and the largest car producer in Europe. The Group has a global workforce of nearly 325,000 (at Dec. 31st, 2006). In 2006, the eight Group brands delivered 5.734 million (2004: 5.243 million) vehicles to customers in over 150 countries around the world. Group sales revenue increased to 104.875 billion euros in 2006 (2005: 93.996 billion euros). The net earnings totaled 2.749 billion euros (2005: 1.120 billion euros). The Group operates 44 manufacturing plants in eleven European countries and a further seven countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Employees around the world produce more than 21,500 vehicles or deal with vehicle-related services on every work day. The Volkswagen Group comprises the brands Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Commercial Vehicles, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including all statements relating to the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of MSC.Software products. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in technology, the end-user computing and analysis environment, implementation and support that meet evolving customer requirements, general industry trends and the impact of competitive products.

Furthermore, information provided herein, which is not historical in nature, are forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward-looking statements are based largely on management's expectations and are subject to and qualified by risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.

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