Siemens PLM Software Invests in Japan's Manufacturing Future Through In-Kind Software Grants

Students Trained on 3D CAD Technology 'Receive Advanced Standing Placement within Companies as they Begin their Careers'

TOKYO and PLANO, Texas, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced in-kind software grants with a commercial value of US$725 million to top educational institutions and training centers in Japan to help produce a ready-made employment base for Japanese manufacturers.

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Siemens PLM Software made the series of grants to 393 Japanese schools over the past 5 years. As a result of its investment and partnership with Japanese schools, 36,000 undergraduate and graduate college and university students now have direct access to Siemens PLM Software's world-class PLM software.

"Education and training are critical factors in maintaining Japan's economic leadership in the world," said Dr. Tamotsu Murakami, professor, Design Engineering Laboratory, Department of Engineering Synthesis, the University of Tokyo. "We salute Siemens PLM Software for their work in the engineering and manufacturing fields and we know that the training our students receive is top notch. Students who receive educational training on 3D CAD systems have clear advantages. These students are given chances to be engaged in the real work and earn unsurpassed experiences during internship opportunities they may have prior to graduation and, in turn, receive advanced standing placement within companies as they begin their careers."

Technologists and engineers at many leading companies already use the skills and knowledge they acquired through training on Siemens PLM Software's technology in their product innovation efforts.

"It requires some practice to get used to the CAD software at a company if it is different from what you have been trained on at school," said Hideki Miyamoto, Tokyo University graduate and now a member of a leading machinery manufacturer in Japan. "The ample experience I had using 3D CAD at the University of Tokyo proved beneficial when carrying out design work at my job."

"We recognize the need for a skilled workforce -- it's a global need that we want to help manufacturers actively address," said Hans-Kurt Lubberstedt, senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, Siemens PLM Software. "We are committed to our partnership with Japan's leading engineering schools to help develop world-class engineers and technologists. We're proud to be involved in their strong academic curricula and we're glad to see so many students experiencing success following graduation."

GO PLM Program

Siemens PLM Software offers grants through its Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM(TM)) initiative, which leads the PLM industry in the commercial value of in-kind grants it provides at more than US$4 billion annually. The company's GO PLM initiative brings together five complementary programs focused on academic partnerships; community relations; regional productivity; youth and displaced worker development; and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. The initiative provides PLM technology to more than 930,000 students annually at nearly 9,100 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level -- from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit

About Siemens Automation and Drives

The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,600 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of euro 1.572 billion on sales of euro 12.848 billion and orders of euro 14.108 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information about A&D is available in the Internet at

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM is a trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries.

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