Pratt & Whitney Canada Selects IBM and Dassault Systemes for Innovative Digital Engine Program
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Pratt & Whitney Canada Selects IBM and Dassault Systemes for Innovative Digital Engine Program

MONTREAL & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2002-- IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that Pratt & Whitney Canada has selected an IBM Product Lifecycle Management Solution centered on CATIA V5, ENOVIAVPM, and ENOVIA 3d com from Dassault Systemes to develop new engines using digital technology. The agreement calls for IBM and Dassault Systemes to deliver 200 CATIA V5 seats by the end of 2002, and up to 300 more in 2003.

Through its Digital Engine initiative, Pratt & Whitney Canada's goal is to become the first company in the aerospace industry to develop engines using digital technology throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. The agreement also requires IBM to deliver Dassault Systemes' ENOVIAVPM and ENOVIA 3d com product data management solutions to enable e-collaboration throughout Pratt & Whitney's engineering and product support functions. The CATIA - ENOVIA Solution will ensure that Pratt & Whitney Canada customers, partners, suppliers, and employees will be able to interact and collaborate in the 3D design process of its engines.

"We have partnered with IBM and Dassault Systemes for earlier versions of CATIA-based systems to design engines and simulate performance with great success," said Amal Girgis, Chief Information Officer, Pratt & Whitney Canada. "Upgrading to the newest version of CATIA will certainly help us to reach the efficiency goals of the Digital Engine initiative much faster. The deployment is on schedule with more than 80 CATIA V5 seats installed and in use today."

Launched in 2001, the Digital Engine represents one of the major components of Pratt & Whitney Canada's broader Digital Enterprise program scheduled to last three to five years. It will enable designers to work on engines concurrently in a virtual environment with other project stakeholders. Using PLM solutions from IBM and Dassault Systemes, the company will soon be able to link remaining components of the Digital Enterprise initiative, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

"E-collaboration is playing a critical role in making companies more competitive and IBM's product lifecycle management solutions are a major part of this competitive advantage, delivering improvements in development costs, quality, and time to market," said Tom Kilkenny, vice president, IBM Product Lifecycle Management Americas. "With new cost pressures and speed-to-market taking on even greater importance within the aerospace industry, Pratt & Whitney Canada's drive to bring real-time access to information through the full product life cycle will further help to provide a competitive advantage moving forward."

"CATIA V5 delivers cutting-edge technology and incomparable ease of use, and combined with ENOVIA, contributes to rapid market response in sectors such as the aerospace industry where shortening product development cycles is critical," said Philippe Forestier, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, Dassault Systemes. "We are delighted to see that our 3D PLM solutions bring immediate benefits and help Pratt & Whitney Canada accelerate the drive toward its world-class, Digital Enterprise vision."

About Pratt & Whitney Canada

P&WC, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in aviation engines powering business and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also offers advanced engines for industrial applications. P&WC's operations and service network span the globe. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), a high-technology company based in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information, please consult http://www.pwc.ca

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Sales & Distribution, which supports more than a dozen key industries worldwide, works with companies of all sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com

About Dassault Systemes

As world leader in 3D PLM (three-dimensional Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 55,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets 3D PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to retirement. Its offering includes 3D PLM integrated solutions for product development (CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM), general-use 3D solutions (SolidWorks), and 3D components (SPATIAL). Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com


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