Feb 26 2010

AVTOVAZ Develops New Car Models with Dassault Systèmes PLM Solutions

CATIA Software to Help Russia’s Leading Car Manufacturer Speed Up Development and Pre-production of New and Modified Models

Moscow, February 24, 2010 – Dassault Systemes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and JSC AVTOVAZ officially confirmed the successful implementation of DS CATIA software for designing new car models.

AVTOVAZ, best known to the world for its LADA brand, is the leading car manufacturer in Russia. More than a quarter of the cars sold in Russia are manufactured by AVTOVAZ. Every year the company enriches its product line with new car models or modifications as well as with multiple new configurations of the existing ones. Despite the economic crisis, AVTOVAZ is intending to continue its product line renewal.
AVTOVAZ first implemented CATIA, an acknowledged international design standard in the automotive industry in 1991 to design a vehicle body. Today, CATIA is used to design an entire digital car model, including its body, passenger compartment, engine, chassis, and other car components. CATIA enables the use of modern design technologies to create A class surfaces in car design and the production of design layouts of new car models by the AVTOVAZ Design office.

Head of Computer Aided Design Engineering office Yury Prokhorov said: "The use of CATIA for car design at JSC AVTOVAZ allows to achieve the following benefits:

• reduction of development cycles, both in design and pre-production, and overall time to market;
• better collaboration between project developers, enabling them to reduce mistakes in the various design stages;
• virtual testing of the car through its 3D digital mockup and the analysis of its technical features before production. “

“The automotive industry has changed considerably in recent years. Manufacturers are seeking new ways to organize their business, as well as optimize the use of internal resources and industrial partnerships,” says Laurent Valroff, director, Russia & CIS, Dassault Systemes. “The shortening of production cycles and, therefore, the increase in return on investment, is one of the main goals that can be achieved through the optimization of the industrial process. Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, such as CATIA for virtual product design, enhance collaborative design and provide a unified platform that enables the creation of an innovative new generation of cars. The solution can be implemented by an enterprise of any size: from producers of complex equipment and their suppliers to small independent enterprises.”




JSC AVTOVAZ is the biggest car manufacturer in Russia and Eastern Europe.
From 1970 till 2008 the company produced more than 25 million cars. Existing production possibilities allow to manufacture more than 700 000 cars yearly.
Fuel-efficient cars are assembled under license abroad and in a number of Russian cities.
For more information visit http://www.lada.ru

About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences.  Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

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