Ship Engine Builder Wartsila Selects Proficiency for Multi-Cad Collaboration

-- Joint Project with Japanese Partner Expects Significant Savings By Utilizing Collaboration Gateway --

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Proficiency, the innovator in engineering supply chain collaboration, today announced that Wartsila Switzerland has purchased its Collaboration Gateway(TM) software. Wartsila is a global leader in ship power design and manufacturing, with revenues in excess of EUR 2.5 billion. Wartsila Switzerland will use Proficiency's software to facilitate design collaboration with a development partner in Japan on a new marine engine project. 3D Design models for various subsystems of the engine will be converted from PTC's Pro/ENGINEER(R) into EDS PLM Solutions' I-DEAS(R) environment. The project will last two years, during which thousands of models will be converted.

"Wartsila Switzerland selected Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway after a lengthy pilot, and in our opinion, today there is no more efficient way to convert intelligent 3D models from one design system into the other," said Mr. Rudolf Holtbecker, Project Manager for the engine development at Wartsila.

The Proficiency Collaboration Gateway is a Web-based, feature-level CAD interoperability software application that facilitates the sharing of product design information throughout the extended product development process. The revolutionary technology platform of the Universal Product Representation (UPR(TM)) enables an independent representation of design intelligence, including features, history, constraints, assembly structure, dimensions, metadata and other information. It enables design teams to collaboratively develop new products using the CAD system of their choice, while eliminating the wasted time and cost associated with data re-mastering.

Commenting on the value of the software, Marcus Hummel, Chief Financial Officer of Wartsila Switzerland said, "We estimate that the Collaboration Gateway will save us approximately 20,000 hours of manual CAD work over the next two years."

About Proficiency

Proficiency is the innovator in engineering collaboration. The Company's Collaboration Gateway allows development teams within manufacturers and their suppliers to efficiently collaborate on the design of complex products. A privately held company headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., Proficiency has secured nearly $40M in venture capital investment led by Concord Ventures, Charles River Ventures, and Carmel Ventures. The Company has numerous patents pending in engineering information representation technology. For more information on Proficiency, please visit http://www.proficiency.com/.

About Wartsila

Wartsila Corporation is the leading global ship power supplier and a major provider of solutions for decentralized power generation and of supporting services, with its head office in Helsinki, Finland. Wartsila Corporation supplies ship machinery, propulsion and maneuvering solutions, and related services for all types of vessels. Wartsila's net sales in 2002 totaled EUR 2.5 billion. http://www.wartsila.com/

  Corporate Contact:                  Agency Contact:
   Michael Jannery                    Tom Boucher
   Proficiency, Inc.                  Sterling Hager, Inc.
   Tel: 508-486-9868, x223            617-926-6665, x220
   
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Proficiency and Collaboration Gateway are trademarks of Proficiency, Ltd. Pro/ENGINEER is a registered trademark of Parametric Technology Corporation and I-DEAS is a registered trademark of EDS. All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Corporate, Michael Jannery of Proficiency, Inc., +1-508-486-
9868, x223, Email Contact; or Agency, Tom Boucher of Sterling
Hager, Inc., +1-617-926-6665, x220, Email Contact

Web site: http://www.proficiency.com/




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