Nilfisk-Advance Expands Product Lifecycle Management Solution from IBM and Dassault Systemes
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Nilfisk-Advance Expands Product Lifecycle Management Solution from IBM and Dassault Systemes

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."

About Nilfisk-Advance

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 exchanges. For more information, visit

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