Faurecia is the world’s eighth-largest automotive equipment supplier, with 60,000 employees at 190 sites in 28 countries. Faurecia works with all of the world’s major automakers, and ranks first or second throughout Europe in all six of the major modules it produces: front ends, cockpits, door panels, acoustic packages, seating, and exhaust systems. To meet the automakers’ requirements for design, perceived quality, safety, comfort and environmental sustainability, the company has implemented a proactive approach to innovation and excellence, in terms of both product design and production processes.
Today, Faurecia’s major business challenge is also what sets it apart in the marketplace – addressing increasing complexity on tight deadlines and tight budgets.
Dassault Systèmes Response
Faurecia chose ENOVIA MatrixOne for collaborative business process management across its six divisions, making it the trusted source of product data for all users. Today, the company has more than 5,000 MatrixOne users, 70 percent of whom are outside engineering in roles such as program management, purchasing, and quality.
Faurecia uses ENOVIA VPLM to manage in-process 3D design data before it is released to ENOVIA MatrixOne, maintaining the versions and variations while 3D designs are in flux. ENOVIA VPLM manages the relationships between 3D designs to ensure, for example, that when a design is changed all related designs are updated as well.
Faurecia also adopted CATIA V5 for 3D product development in 2005 and now has more than 500 users. CATIA V5’s solid modeling capabilities were vital as Faurecia assumed design responsibility from its OEM customers and began managing complete module programs rather than individual parts.
Finally Faurecia uses Abaqus finite element models to simulate the dynamics of interior systems.
Design changes cut by more than 50%
Overall design costs reduced thanks to fewer ECOs
Overall design costs decreased thanks to concurrent engineering