First ICEM Software User Group Meetings Since Independence Hailed as a Success by Attendees
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First ICEM Software User Group Meetings Since Independence Hailed as a Success by Attendees

More than 25% of ICEM’s customers represented at events in USA and Europe

Southampton, UK 14 April 2003 – ICEM, the surface modeling, analysis and visualization software specialist, recently successfully completed its first program of users’ meetings for ICEM Surf software since it became an independent company late last year. At meetings in Detroit in the USA and Turin, Italy last month, representatives from more than a quarter of the companies who use ICEM software were in attendance to hear the company’s plans for the future, to catch up on the latest software developments and to hear from their peers in industry.

ICEM customers from around the world attended the meetings, which included keynote presentations on ICEM’s strategy for growth from Lee Cureton, chief executive and Tim Norman, director of field operations, as well as a series of technical workshops, plus presentations from ICEM Surf users including Jaguar Cars, Ital Design, LDM Technologies, Skoda, Seat and the Fruenhofer Institute. Countries represented included the USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Japan and Australia.

“We were delighted at the response we received from our customers to these first user meetings since our independence,” said Kate Mills, global marketing director, ICEM. “Not only were the meetings fully subscribed but the reaction from attendees was extremely positive. We have already been asked to hold more meetings like these later this year, with customers offering their own company sites as the venues. This is a measure of the demand that exists for the new software we are developing.”

Third-party support.
Both the USA and European meetings were supported by a number of third-party suppliers to ICEM customers, with Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Barco sponsoring one or both of the events and with Minolta, Nvidia and the Fruenhofer Institute among those providing supporting demonstrations.

During the European conference, Fruenhofer Institute also presented the latest findings of their research, in a presentation entitled "Trends in Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in design and styling."

About ICEM Ltd.
With its headquarters on Chilworth Science Park near Southampton on the UK’s south coast, ICEM Ltd. is an independent company specializing in the development, sales and support of advanced software for use in the design and development of a product’s visible and underlying supporting surfaces.

The company’s software development group is based in Germany, while it has a network of sales and support offices and specialist distributors covering continental Europe, the USA and the Asia Pacific region.

The company’s principal market sector is the worldwide automotive industry, where it includes most of the leading manufacturers among its customers, including the Ford Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler Group, Volkswagen Audi Group, Porsche, BMW, PSA and Harley Davidson among others, as well as leading automotive industry suppliers such as Volke, EDAG, Pininfarina, Bertone, Mayflower, TWR and The Budd Company, among many others. The company also has a significant presence in the consumer durable products design market, with customers such as Wilson Sporting Goods, Salomon, Ping, WMF and Toto among them.

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