May 21 2007

CHIKUSUI CANYCOM Streamlines Design Cycle with Dassault Systemes’ PLM Solution

Creating Sophisticated Product Design with 30% Shorter Time to Market

Tokyo, Paris – May 22, 2007– IBM and Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that CHIKUSUI CANYCOM, INC. (CHIKUSUI CANYCOM) a leading manufacturer of agricultural/construction/forestry use carriers and mower equipment, has streamlined its product design cycle with DS’s CATIA, ultimately helping CHIKUSUI CANYCOM to shorten time to market by 30 percent and create sophisticated product designs.

”In order to improve design and product quality as well as streamline the whole process from design to manufacturing preparation, 3D PLM is indispensable,” says Yoshiro Kaneyuki, managing director of CHIKUSUI CANYCOM, INC.  “We chose DS’s CATIA as the best solution to realize seamless integration from initial design to the manufacturing system, supporting our creative and artisan manufacturing.”

“PLM is essential for companies to compete in the global market where there are many competitors,” explains Nikos Calfacacos, general manager, PLM Japan, Dassault Systèmes. “We are pleased that CHIKUSUI CANYCOM is reaping measurable benefits from its CATIA deployment.  The resulting streamlined design cycle not only gives CHIKUSUI CANYCOM more time to concentrate on innovative product design, but it has also allowed it to reduce creation cost and deliver new products to market more rapidly.”
 
With its expanding global business, CHIKUSUI CANYCOM strives to improve design processes from initial styling to manufacturing, in order to produce innovative products quickly, while keeping development costs under control. Management policy is to provide designers with the best tools; CHIKUSUI CANYCOM selected CATIA because of its leadership in surface modelling, recognition in the auto industry as the defacto standard, and for its digital mock-up and design review capabilities. 

Additionally, the 3D capabilities of CATIA allows other stakeholders (such as management and people working outside of the design and manufacturing department) to easily understand and review designs in the initial stages.  Issues are spotted and repaired early on, saving precious time and resources, reducing the number of physical mock-ups required, and ultimately building market share thanks to more innovative designs and quick time to market.