Extended PLM platform will provide unparalleled collaboration throughout enterprise to accelerate product development
PARIS & BRONDBY, Denmark--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2003-- IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: no.13065, DSY.PA) today announced the signing of a contract with Nilfisk-Advance, one of the world's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment, for the expansion and consolidation of the company's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform.
IBM PLM solutions will enable Nilfisk-Advance development teams to
benefit from faster product design and improved collaboration with
software developed by Dassault Systemes - CATIA(R) V5 for
collaborative product development, and ENOVIA(TM) Portal and
SMARTEAM(R) for collaborative lifecycle management. IBM Business
Partner Semcon, one of Scandinavia's leading design and R&D consulting
businesses, will oversee implementation of the PLM solution.
The professional vacuum cleaner division of Nilfisk-Advance, a
small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) has a ten-year long history of
choosing IBM PLM solutions, starting in 1993. In 1999, Nilfisk-Advance
standardized the use of the PLM solution across the entire division. A
year later, it deployed CATIA V5 with TeamPDM for product design.
Overall, there has been a reduction of the design phase time of the
projects by 30%.
"Since we work with 3D models from the early sketch phase
throughout the lifecycle of projects, we need a strong PLM solution,"
said Jan Sjoberg, research and development manager at Nilfisk-Advance
Competence Centre Vacs. "IBM PLM solutions with software developed by
Dassault Systemes enable us to enhance integration of inter-company
functions and key suppliers involved in the product development
process. Already, we have seen improvements in both efficiency and
process precision. Fully implemented, we see the system as being a
communication and documentation tool handling all product data."
"IBM PLM is transforming the way that traditional manufacturers
are building and selling their products," said Raimo Nikkila, manager
of Nordics, IBM PLM. "We help our customers, like Nilfisk-Advance, to
become more responsive to customer needs, more variable in their
service and customer care offerings, and, most importantly, more
focused on building better products. In other words, we are helping
them to progressively become 'on demand' companies."
"Dassault Systemes' seamlessly integrated CATIA, SMARTEAM and
ENOVIA Portal solutions provide a complete collaborative product
development and lifecycle management platform for Nilfisk-Advance,"
said Jean-Pierre Merx, business development manager of Fabrication and
Assembly, Dassault Systemes. "Since our PLM solutions are scalable,
the company can grow the platform as required, helping it to optimize
product quality and cost, inspire innovation, and lead the cleaning
equipment industry into the future."
Nilfisk-Advance is one of the world's leading suppliers of
professional cleaning equipment having product development and
manufacturing in Denmark, Sweden, Italy and USA. The sales
organization has subsidiaries in 23 countries with agents and
importers worldwide. Nilfisk-Advance has 2.100 employees and a
turnover of EUR 380 million. Nilfisk-Advance is member of the Danish
NKT Group, employing more than 5,500 people worldwide. Information
about Nilfisk-Advance is available at:
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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 60,000 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, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SMARTEAM), general-use 3D solutions
(SolidWorks), and 3D components (SPATIAL). Dassault Systemes is listed
on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (no.13065, DSY.PA) stock
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CONTACT: Nilfisk-Advance Press Contact: Jan Sjoberg +46/532-17577 Email Contact or IBM Press Contact: Colette Ballou +33-6/80-70-32-35 Email Contact or Dassault Systemes Press Contact: Anthony Marechal +33-1/55-49-84-21 Email Contact or Financial Dynamics Dassault Systemes Investor Contacts: Emma Rutherford, Harriet Keen +44-207/831-3113