Product Lifecycle Management Solution Will Enable Improvements in Customer Response Time and Quality
SANTIAGO, Chile & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2003-- IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the signing of a million-dollar Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution contract with ENAER, Chile's national aeronautical company.
The IBM PLM solution, with CATIA(R) and SMARTEAM(R) developed by
Dassault Systemes, will enable ENAER to standardize its entire product
development platform, while realizing significant cost reductions.
ENAER will be the first company in the Latin American aerospace
supplier market to possess this leading-edge technology, which will
enable it to pursue market opportunities at a global level.
ENAER will be able to offer other aerospace manufacturers
solutions for the conception, design and manufacture of aircraft parts
and structures. The company will also be able to enhance its
end-to-end internal production chain by tying together its design,
engineering and manufacturing processes, as well as linking suppliers
and customers. Finally, ENAER will be able to optimize the design of
its own products and increase its maintenance services for military
and commercial aircraft.
"ENAER wants to be a leader in the aeronautical industry, and
therefore we have signed an agreement with IBM that provides us with
best business solutions in order to support our growth plans," said
Alfredo Guzman, executive director at ENAER. "Thus, we are also
betting on research and development as a company's strategic decision,
in order to provide added value to these products that are
manufactured in Chile."
Luis Siles, IBM Chile General Manager, said "This alliance is a
milestone for the domestic and Latin American aeronautical industries
and opens up new horizons for equivalent industries, and is a great
example of how IBM helps customers transform into on demand businesses
by enabling them to become more highly responsive, focused, resilient
and variable in fiercely competitive marketplaces."
"CATIA is the de facto industry standard in the aerospace sector,"
said Marcelo Lemos, president of Dassault Systemes of America.
"Combined with SMARTEAM's cutting-edge collaborative product data
management capabilities, it will help ENAER compete in the
international aerospace market, as well as achieve its mission to
provide superior products to the Chilean Air Force and contribute to
Chile's national aeronautical development."
In order to implement this solution, IBM will be supported by
Dassault Systemes of America and also by Cardix S.A. of Argentina, IBM
PLM Business Partner, for installation, training, best practices and
ENAER has more than 70 years of experience in the production and
assembly of aeronautical parts and is the only aircraft manufacturer
in Chile. In addition, the company has become one of the most
important aeronautical centers in Latin America, and one of the
country's fundamental technological pillars, by achieving ISO 9001
certification. The company is also responsible for the design and
manufacture of the Pillan airplane - a basic training platform for the
Air Forces of eight countries. ENAER is also one of the main suppliers
of EMBRAER, Brazilian Aeronautical Company, one of the most important
aeronautical organizations in the world. EMBRAER has singled out the
Chilean Company with two prizes during 2002, corresponding to quality
and best supplier, which reinforces the Chilean Company's high quality
and control standards. Located in the city of Santiago, the company
has highly skilled professionals, technicians and administrative
support personnel, serving commercial and military aviation. For more
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About Dassault Systemes
As world leader in PLM (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 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 integrated PLM solutions for product development
(CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SMARTEAM), mainstream product design tools
(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
Cardix has been a business associate of IBM in Chile and Argentina
during 10 years, and has implemented the CATIA, SMARTEAM and 3d PLM
solutions, providing support, training and consulting. Cardix provides
engineering services for multiple industries, such as aerospace,
automobile, metal-mechanic, oil, chemical and mass consumption. For
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CONTACT: Dassault Systemes Press Anthony Marechal, +33 1 55 49 84 21 Email Contact or Dassault Systemes Investors Financial Dynamics Emma Rutherford or Harriet Keen, +44 207 831 3113 or ENAER Luis Filippi, (562) 383 1949 Email Contact or IBM Colette Ballou, +33 1 41 88 56 21 Email Contact