Leading Turning Machine Manufacturer Chooses think3 for Integrated Product Development Solution; Contract Calls for 270 Subscription Licenses

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2003--think3, the fastest growing company in the product lifecycle management (PLM) industry, today announced an agreement with Bielefeld, Germany-based GILDEMEISTER AG to implement think3's thinkdesign and thinkteam products at the company's Italian subsidiary. The contract calls for 270 subscription licenses from think3.

GILDEMEISTER Italiana will use think3's thinkdesign software, the only solution on the market that offers full-featured 2D and 3D functionality in the same product, and complete 2D and 3D transparency, for mechanical design. think3's integrated PDM product, thinkteam, will provide the seamless data management necessary for streamlining GILDEMEISTER's product development process. Furthermore, thinkteam will link to the company's ERP solution for an optimized process chain throughout the organization.

To get up to speed quickly and cost-effectively, GILDEMEISTER's product development staff is being trained on the software via think3's innovative customer care offering. This includes instructor-led online seminars, hands-on web training and industry-specific curriculums. Customer care services are included in think3's annual subscription licenses to shorten employee learning curves and increase productivity at no additional cost to customers. GILDEMEISTER also chose think3's professional service organization to implement the solution.

"GILDEMEISTER Italiana is an excellent example of how think3 can bring together innovative technologies and services for solving complex problems and tasks in the area of data management and design," says Carlo Carpanelli, vice president of European sales at think3. "Our software provides a single, open platform solution for production, development and management of the design process - something no other supplier has delivered to date. To complement our technical advantages, our unique business delivery model of integrated customer care is also winning over customers."

"With this agreement, we are extending a longstanding and proven partnership," says M. Welt, member of the board of GILDEMEISTER AG. "We are very satisfied with the comprehensive products and services provided by think3, especially with regard to the business model and rapid ROI. A software solution could not be any more flexible and tailored to our needs. We are looking forward to continuing our work with think3."


GILDEMEISTER Italiana is a wholly owned subsidiary of GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft. The company, whose headquarters are in Brembate di Sopra near Bergamo, Italy, is the world's market leader in the production of mechanical and CNC-controlled multi-spindle automatic machines. GILDEMEISTER Italiana also owns the following Italian companies: GRAZIANO Tortona S.p.A., a manufacturer of CNC universal turning machines, and SACO S.p.A. (Cremona), a manufacturer of components and accessories for multi-spindle automatic machines. The products of GILDEMEISTER Italiana are sold around the world by DMG Vertriebs und Service GmbH.

About think3

think3 is a global provider of integrated product development solutions. The company delivers mechanical design and product data management software combined with expert services to help manufacturers improve their product development effectiveness. think3's unique business delivery model lowers customers' upfront risk and investment, removes barriers to adoption and accelerates time-to-market benefits. think3's more than 5,000 customers include leading companies in industrial machinery, industrial design and mold making. Privately held, think3 is a global organization headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For more information visit http://www.think3.com/

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