From its UK headquarters in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Securistyle is one of the world's most advanced manufacturers of window hardware with more than 45 million pairs of friction hinges used around the world. Exporting across the globe to more than 50 countries, Securistyle designs and manufactures market-leading friction hinges, handles and lock mechanisms for all types of window frames. Securistyle's full product range is designed for worldwide use in commercial, residential and public sector applications. With a 340-strong workforce, Securistyle achieved an annual turnover of 36 million euros last year with consistent annual growth. Securistyle holds around 40% of the UK market for friction hinges. Today, its main objective is to attain the same position right across the world.
Increase innovation to penetrate new markets, while respecting international safety standards. Reduce product development time and costs in response to customer and worldwide competition pressure. Streamline bidding process to develop high-quality proposals to customers more rapidly.
Dassault Systèmes Response
To face all their challenges, Securistyle's management decided to modify the company's design processes to produce new products more rapidly. Their aim was to manage data communication between Securistyle and its customers in order to provide prompt and professional responses to customer enquiries. Extensive benchmarking was undertaken to establish and determine the best system for Securistyle to adopt. "We chose CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM because we were looking for a unified PLM solution which combined user-friendly and powerful capabilities such as clash detection, finite element analysis, and 3D visualization, seamlessly integrated with a Product Data Management system," says Stephen Hall, Project Engineer, Securistyle.
CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM provided Securistyle with the competitive edge it required to meet and surpass its business challenges. With a sharp reduction in its design phase and with a better response to the market by designing right the first time, Securistyle increased innovation for greater reactivity and competitiveness. Today, Securistyle has achieved clear and tangible benefits. -44% Design time: Design time has been cut from 320 hours to 180 hours -60% Development costs: Reduction in overall development costs improves company flexibility -66% Prototype costs per year: Prototype iterations have been reduced from three to one after moving from 2D to CATIA V5 +140k€ revenue per project: Two to three months earlier-to-market generates 140k€ more sales on average for each new product