ESI Group and LAC/BIAM Establish Joint Simulation Center of Advanced Composites in China

PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 23, 2008— ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310), a pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today the establishment of a Joint Simulation Center of Advanced Composites in China, with the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM) and the National Key Laboratory of Advanced Composites (LAC).

BIAM, China's leading aerospace composites research and development institute, is one of the largest national institutions in the field of materials research and pilot-production and Chinas national resource for aeronautical materials and manufacturing technologies. LAC carries out applied research and engineering applications in advanced composite materials for national defense, aerospace, and economic growth. LAC/BIAM and ESI Group established the Joint Simulation Center of Advanced Composites to support the strategic upgrade of the Chinese aerospace manufacturing industry from an analog to a digital base.

The Joint Simulation Center celebrated its first accomplishment with the demonstration of a national-level database for advanced composites which is jointly developed by academic institutes and aerospace enterprises and financially supported by the Chinese government.

In addition, BIAM has selected ESI Groups solutions for Composites manufacturing and performance simulation PAM-FORM, PAM-RTM and SYSPLY for their composite research. BIAM also cooperates with ESI ATE, ESI Groups Chinese subsidiary, for vertical application development, and composite database development. As a partner, BIAM will continue to benefit from ESI Groups expertise in Simulation-Based Design, while at the same time offering excellent testing facilities to further improve the accuracy of composite simulation.

The composite simulation solution from ESI Group is very attractive to us, said Dr. Yi Xiaosu, Director of the Science Technology Committee at Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials. The Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process will have a good future in China. As ESI Group has such a wide scope of composite simulation solutions, I am confident that ESIs solutions will benefit BIAM and LAC, and will leverage Chinas aeronautics composite simulation level.

Mr. Zhang Su, General Manager of ESI ATE, added, Im very glad to have the opportunity to cooperate with BIAM and LAC. LAC is famous in China, they are very professional in composite material research, and have a lot of experience. We at ESI Group offer a competitive comprehensive composite simulation solution enabling realistic simulation through integrated performance and manufacturing simulation. So the cooperation between us is a benefit for both sides and will bring to customers the best possible combination.

About Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials

As a major research organization under AVIC-I, BIAM, founded in 1956, is China's largest research institute for aeronautical materials, thermal processing and materials testing and evaluation. BIAM's major mission is to provide, through applied-basic research, key technologies for high performance materials and related expertise for the Chinese aviation industry including aircraft, aero-engine, helicopter, and airborne equipment. BIAM has established strong research and development competence and capabilities for key aeronautical materials and highly demanding structural parts for critical applications. BIAM is actively involved in SAMPE and other composites leadership organizations. For more information about BIAM, visit its Web site at http://www.biam.ac.cn.

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier and 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 products behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the environments impact on product performance. ESI Groups offer represents a unique collaborative solution with an open virtual engineering environment known as the Virtual Try-Out Space, enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner while eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company employs over 700 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

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