ESI Group Joins Dassault Systemes' PLM MarketPlace

Chicago, December 5, 2007 (word count: 632)
ESI Group, a leading supplier of simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announces its acceptance to the PLM MarketPlace after successfully completing the technical and business requirements. Dassault Systèmes’ PLM MarketPlace is an online community that connects software development and business partners. Through PLM Marketplace, resellers can easily search and find complimentary solutions provided by Dassault Systèmes software partner community, on-demand, in order to present customers with a holistic PLM solution.

“We are delighted that ESI Group has joined the PLM MarketPlace. This program creates business synergy and is an integral part of our company strategy to facilitate value channel network selling,” says Thierry Collet, vice president, Global Field Marketing at Dassault Systèmes. “Referenced on the PLM MarketPlace, ESI Group’s specialized simulation applications built on top of our CATIA platform solutions are well positioned and directly accessible by Dassault Systèmes’ worldwide reseller network.”

ESI Group today provides diverse applications for CATIA users. In the composites field, PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA enables composites designers to get fast feasibility assessment of manufacturability inside the CATIA Composites application. PAM-RTM for CATIA offers a unique injection simulation software for composites manufacturing integrated in CATIA. ESI Group’s portfolio of applications also includes two metal forming solutions, part feasibility check and rapid die creation with PAM-TFA for CATIA and PAM-DIEMAKER for CATIA.

“The PLM MarketPlace allows ESI Group to offer our CATIA-based solutions to composites and stamped parts designers and manufacturers, through sales professionals familiar with the traditional CATIA market,” says Vincent Chaillou, president of product operations and COO, ESI Group. “We are sure that it will successfully complement the existing ESI Group’s worldwide sales network to further develop our CATIA-based applications business.”

About ESI Group:
ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company’s solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of $90 million in 2006 and employs more than 600 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit

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