Over 80% of 2009 Vehicles Debuting at Detroit Auto Show Designed in CATIA
Auburn Hills, Mich., January 13, 2009 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that CATIA, the company’s solution for virtual design, was used in the development of over 80 percent of the 24* introductory and concept vehicles making their world debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) taking place at Cobo Hall in Detroit, January 11-25. Additionally, CATIA was utilized in the design of all NAIAS 2009 North American Car of the Year and 2009 North American Truck of the Year finalists.
With the automotive industry under extreme duress and scrutiny, optimizing vehicle development processes to reduce cost and time to market without sacrificing creativity or quality are key goals. CATIA, with its knowledgeware capability, is able to positively and significantly impact these areas.
Through the use of CATIA’s automated design templates, designers can streamline and standardize the design process. This creates ‘free engineering’ time to invest in innovation and deliver additional benefits in each concurrent model that is based upon that set of templates. Knowledge is accumulated and stored in a single data base for real-time sharing. Changes in design specifications are automatically propagated across all involved disciplines to ensure that everyone is working with the most current data.
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology is increasingly impacting design as new capabilities allow collaboration between all the involved parties from creators to collaborators to consumers.
Studies show that there exists a strong correlation between a company’s ability to find new uses for information and its ability to innovate. Today, many of the automakers across the world are using Dassault Systèmes’ PLM solutions, such as CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, and 3DVIA. These solutions enable manufacturers to develop and optimize vehicle design and manufacturing processes in the virtual world to deliver higher quality products in a shorter time, at a reduced cost.
The Dassault Systemes’ PLM portfolio offers increased engineering excellence, expanding PLM deeper into production cycles, accelerating PLM adoption for mid-size companies, broadening IP lifecycle management and further integrating the enterprise ecosystem.
In addition, Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA Automation virtual commissioning solution has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2009 Automotive News PACE Awards, recognized around the world as the industry’s symbol of innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers.
About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit
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