Farid Standardizes on SolidWorks Software to Design Entire Line of Waste Removal and Recycling Vehicles for European Municipalities

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2002-- Farid Group has standardized on SolidWorks Corporation's three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software to accelerate design time for the waste removal and recycling vehicles it sells to cities and towns throughout Europe. Farid relies on SolidWorks® software to streamline new product design, improve the existing line of vehicles, and speed up production in order to meet demand more quickly and obtain a sharper competitive edge than with 2D software.

Consisting of various companies operating in Italy and abroad, the Farid Group is the market leader in Italy, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Romania, and Venezuela. The company holds significant market share in Spain, the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, and different countries in the Middle and Far East (e.g. China, Vietnam, Hong Kong). Farid export sales are more than 60 percent of its sales turnover.

The Farid Group uses SolidWorks software to design sanitation equipment that is durable and precisely engineered to automate much of the waste removal process. The group manufactured more than 1,200 pieces of equipment in 2001. Its products fall into three categories:

  • Rear-end loading refuse collection vehicles, representing the best-selling product by volume;
  • side loaders that, despite being a relatively young product, are taking sizeable market share from competitors;
  • sewer cleaners, vacuum tankers, and street washing machines used to keep streets clean.

"The trucks we design must be tough because they drive hundreds of miles each day and make thousands of stops," said Agostino Chiara, Farid's research and development manager. "There are thousands of complex moving parts in this equipment, and every one of them must meet exact engineering specifications so they can take the daily punishment our municipal customers give them while keeping their streets clean. SolidWorks' unique capabilities such as collision detection and physical dynamics help us make sure we get our product designs right the first time, so that no problems arise down the line. Moreover, it helps us accelerate design time so we can bring new products to market faster."

Farid chose SolidWorks for its short learning curve, ease-of-use, powerful modeling functionality, and its large-assembly design capabilities -- all critical elements to quickly and easily designing complex vehicles.

"Farid's challenge is significant. It needs to design durable vehicles in record time so it can stay competitive," said Luca Rossettini, regional sales manager at SolidWorks for the South European market. "SolidWorks will help it meet these challenges and stay on top of a very competitive market. SolidWorks has set an industry standard for mainstream 3D CAD technology worldwide."

The Farid Group receives software installation, training, and support from SolidWorks reseller Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A.

About Farid S.p.A.

The Farid Group continues to pursue its strategy of focused growth in its core business through an integration with the Italian RCV's manufacturer Brivio Pierino & C. Srl. Through this acquisition, the Farid Group has become the primary Italian producer in the European market of municipal vehicles for solid waste collection, transportation, and waste water sewing. The Farid Group produces about 1,600 pieces of equipment each year with 570 employees working in six different production plants located in Italy, the UK, and Venezuela.

Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A.

Nuovamacut Automazione S.p.A., based in Reggio Emilia and with operating units in Varese, Brescia, and Vicenza, is currently the leading Italian reseller of SolidWorks products. Focused on the mechanical sector, Nuovamacut Automazione supports more than 5,000 companies in Italy and offers innovative technological solutions from design to production, aimed at improving productivity and time-to-market. For more information, visit the site www.nuovamacut.it or call +39 (0522) 505-311.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for everyone in product development. In seven years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 200,000 total seats of software worldwide. SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and supports its products through a worldwide network of resellers. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2002 SolidWorks Corporation.


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