ESI Group and EASi announce a strategic partnership

Integration of EASi products into the ESI Group crash and safety software portfolio will address new customers

Paris, France and Madison Heights, Mich., USA, July 7, 2003: ESI Group (ISIN FR 0004110310, EUROCLEAR 6584), a world leading software provider of virtual prototyping and manufacturing solutions, and EASi, a US based high-tech automotive engineering services firm announce a strategic partnership in software integration and engineering services. Joining forces will enable ESI Group and EASi to reach each other’s installed base with extended decision-making solutions in �Computer Aided Engineering’ (CAE) and �Virtual Prototyping’ (VP).

Access to, and integration of EASi’s advanced development foundation software, EASi-Vista and EASi-Process, will allow ESI Group to provide a common user environment for an extended range of CAE applications, including crashworthiness and occupant safety third party solvers. ESI Group will integrate EASi-CRASH applications into its flagship PAM-CRASH 2G software chain, enhancing the process of model building, dataset preparation, evaluation of results against regulatory requirements and design comparisons. In the occupant safety area, ESI Group’s PAM-SAFE product will be enriched with new features for communications with third party software. EASi’s EPIC, will become the entry level data management system of PAM-COMPOSER, ESI Group’s simulation data manager. This combination will provide CAE customers with an adaptive and open 3G-PLM solution that integrates the crash process workflow.

EASi will benefit from this unique software technology and associated products by enlarging its design and virtual prototyping services. By also offering CAE re-engineering services, EASi will allow further integration and customization of its customer’s processes and workflow.
Alain de Rouvray, chairman and chief executive officer of ESI Group, said : �This strategic partnership will provide ESI Group customers with a new and unique combination of advanced simulation software embedding an innovative process methodology to support industry’s critical transition towards simulation based design. Users of ESI Group’s competitive products for crashworthiness will be first to benefit from this new and unique open CAE and Virtual Prototyping framework."

Prakash "Krish" Krishnaswamy, president and chief executive officer of EASi, said: "I believe that customers will see immediate benefits in a rich, process centric CAE technology infrastructure that spans multiple solvers with potential to integrate workflow across the enterprise. This truly paves the way for major breakthroughs in process re-engineering, yielding paradigm benefits at different levels in the enterprise."

About ESI Group
ESI Group is a pioneer and world leading provider of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an entire suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to realistically simulate a product's behaviour during testing, to fine tune the manufacturing processes in synergy with the desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment's impact on product usage. ESI Group's product portfolio, which has been industrially validated and combined in multi-trade value chains, represents a unique collaborative, virtual engineering solution, known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling a continuous improvement on the virtual prototype. By drastically reducing costs and development lead times, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantages by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes. With revenues close to 43 million euros in fiscal year 2002, ESI Group (Nouveau March麠Euronext Paris - Software - Euroclear 6584 - Bloomberg ESI FP - Reuters ESIG.LN) employs over 400 high-level specialists worldwide. The company and its global network of agents provide sales and technical support to customers in more than 30 countries. On the Net: ESI Group site:

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About EASi
Founded in 1981, EASi is a world-class provider of innovative Engineering, CAE and IT solutions for Fast-to-Market Product Development. EASi is headquartered in Madison Heights, MI, USA, with a dedicated Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan, and subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. EASi is also home to a progressive Offshore Development Center in Bangalore, India. A highly qualified staff of over 360 professionals supports the company’s vision and mission. Their talent spans a wide spectrum of skills in automotive engineering and IT technology. EASi, together with its partners is engaged in mission critical projects worldwide. EASi is a Tier-1 supplier to many of the largest automotive companies in the world, including BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Toyota as well as over 65 automotive suppliers. For further information, visit

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