Dassault Systemes' Serves the Global Automotive Market with Unified Brand Approach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 26, 2008— Dassault Systemes (DS)(NASDAQ:DASTY) (Paris: DSY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that it has changed the name of its North American location from Delmia Corp. to Dassault Systemes Delmia Corp. This office serves as the North American Automotive Business Unit as well as the world headquarters for the DELMIA Digital Manufacturing brand. The name was changed so customers can better recognize the synergy of the entire DS PLM portfolio inclusive of CATIA for design, DELMIA for process development, ENOVIA for data management and collaboration, and SIMULIA for realistic simulation.

The North American office is located just north of Detroit where it supports the automotive industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the United States. The use of 3D digital design and manufacturing solutions among automotive OEM and Tier suppliers continues to increase as companies discover the proven benefits being gained with a PLM strategy. All of the world's major automakers use DS PLM solutions, with CATIA itself productively used by 23 out of 30 OEMs. Additionally, over 75 percent of new vehicles are being designed in CATIA.(*)

"Our Dassault Systemes CATIA customer installed base is taking the action to implement DELMIA for its manufacturing planning needs as a natural next step in developing a single source comprehensive PLM strategy," said Patrick Michel, vice president industry solutions and marketing, Dassault Systemes Delmia Corp. "The automotive manufacturing community needs to recognize that digital manufacturing technologies have gone far beyond point solutions into comprehensive technologies specifically packaged for domains such as Body-in-White. The DELMIA Body-in-White solution allows process planners to define the overall process by identifying welding points and tools, validate the throughput, identify potential bottlenecks, and modify the line as needed."

Digital manufacturing solutions are being implemented at many leading OEMs around the world, demonstrating benefits that include shortened product development cycles, reduced manufacturing costs, improved product quality, and early validation of manufacturing processes.

"An enormous time reduction has been achieved since we began implementing the DELMIA digital factory tools. We regard the digital factory as a working tool serving to make our processes more efficient," outlines Dr. Markus Baur, project manager in Production at Skoda auto a.s., an affiliated company of the Volkswagen Group.

Another major automotive customer shared similar sentiments about the benefits of Dassault Systemes' DELMIA solutions contributing to their success. "With DELMIA Process Engineer, we have the opportunity to play out various scenarios, to arrive at the ideal mix in terms of how many work cycles and employees we need," explains Thorsten Franz, process planner at the newest MAN truck assembly plant in Niepolomice, Poland. "We have already achieved significant synergies from the collaboration among the Logistics, Technology and Assembly Divisions, and achieved considerable cost savings."

This U.S. location will also continue to support the DELMIA Digital Manufacturing and DELMIA Automation business for other vertical industries segments including industrial equipment, consumer goods, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction, and electronics.

(*) based upon introductory vehicles at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 NAIAS in Detroit.


DELMIA is a premier brand of Dassault Systemes for digital manufacturing solutions, focused on two unique software applications that can be used to streamline manufacturing processes. DELMIA Automation provides solutions to digitally design, test and validate the control of a machine, workcell, or entire factory line and DELMIA PLM provides the process and resource capability to enable continuous creation and validation of manufacturing processes as related to the product throughout the entire product lifecycle. DELMIA serves industries where the optimization of manufacturing processes is critical, including automotive / transportation, aerospace, industrial equipment, electrical and electronics, consumer goods, plant, and shipbuilding sectors. Information about DELMIA is available at http://www.delmia.com.

About Dassault Systemes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systemes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.


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