BMW Group Expects a Reduction in Development Time and an Increase in Operational and Financial Efficiencies - Several Hundred BMW Group Suppliers Will Adopt the Same World-Leading Collaborative Design Solution
MUNICH, Germany and PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2003-- IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that BMW Group, one of the world's most profitable car manufacturers and leader in the premium vehicle market, is developing a new vehicle program with IBM Product Lifecycle Management technology with software from Dassault Systemes. The powerful solution is helping BMW Group to streamline product development and contain costs.
IBM PLM Solutions, with CATIA(R) V5 for collaborative product
development and ENOVIA(TM) for product data and lifecycle management
developed by Dassault Systemes, will enable BMW Group to reuse
standard vehicle components to create multiple variants that can be
used from one model to the next. Integrating all product information
throughout the vehicle development lifecycle, the new PLM platform is
set to boost operational efficiency, increase collaboration between
development teams, reduce time to market, and ultimately deliver
better premium vehicles for increased customer satisfaction. The
two-year rollout represents a significant IT investment by the BMW
IBM has also been engaged in an extensive CATIA V5 rollout program
to integrate BMW Group suppliers with the PLM platform. Several
hundred suppliers contributing to BMW's new car program will be
equipped with IBM PLM Solutions by the end of 2004. This collaboration
will enable material suppliers to significantly improve efficiency by
reacting to the design changes that are customary in new vehicle
development far earlier in the product development cycle and eliminate
unnecessary time delays that translate into costs.
Long-time partners with BMW Group for product development, IBM and
Dassault Systemes' team of consulting professionals are supporting BMW
Group to revolutionize the way a car is conceived and developed. With
world-class PLM tools and industry expertise, BMW Group continues to
strive for the optimum development process across all domains.
BMW Group is now prepared to develop entire vehicles virtually,
which are the basis for complete virtual validations, i.e., crash test
and other vehicle safety and performance simulations, significantly
reducing the need for costly physical prototypes. Anticipated benefits
include a significant reduction in both development time and cost via
a process which facilitates faster and more innovative design.
CATIA V5 will be used to create a digital master car model that
can be used to develop a full family of vehicles. ENOVIAVPM will run
concurrently with CATIA V5 and CATIA V4 for total integration of
vehicle design and manufacturing information. It will also enable BMW
Group to efficiently manage all vehicle-related information - linking
common standards, processes, applications and methodology.
"We have been working with BMW for more than twenty years. During
that time, we have studied their development processes, listened to
their engineers, and together come up with PLM solutions that
perfectly fit BMW Group's development strategy. It's a win-win
relationship built on trust and respect that has helped BMW Group,
Dassault Systemes and IBM become leaders in their respective domains,"
said Bruno Latchague, Executive Vice president, Development and
Support, Dassault Systemes and Dr. Manfred Sammet, IBM PLM Management
Executive for the BMW digital car program.
Cars from the other BMW Group brands, MINI and Rolls Royce, are
also developed using IBM PLM Solutions.
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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 65,000 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
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