Mar 29 2012

Dassault Systèmes and National Composites Centre Join Forces to Lead Innovation in Composites Products and Processes

New £25m Centre for Advanced Composites Industry Selects 3D Experience Platform

JEC Composites Paris 2012, France and Bristol, UK –March 29, 2012 – Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and the UK National Composites Centre (NCC), today announced the signature of a partnership to create a collaborative environment where the NCC and its partners will work on tomorrow’s advanced composites products, thanks to Dassault Systèmes’ Version 6 3D Experience platform. As the first official Associate Member, Dassault Systèmes joins other companies and enterprising academics, to develop new methods and technologies to become the UK’s hub for design and rapid manufacture of high quality composite products.

Inaugurated in November 2011 and located in the Bristol & Bath Science Park (UK), the NCC provides its members with a collaborative modeling and simulation environment based on Dassault Systèmes’ V6 solutions to develop innovative composites products in a neutral space, with unique design-to-manufacturing user experiences. Companies working together with academics will be able to explore, test, and validate design, as well as engineering and manufacturing options. Processes, methods, and solutions will be harmonized, spanning design, simulation and manufacturing within a single environment, while providing a compelling user experience.

Peter Chivers, Chief Executive, National Composites Centre, said, “We warmly welcome Dassault Systèmes as an associate member of the NCC and are appreciative of the support and expertise that they bring. With Version 6, Dassault Systèmes provides NCC with a complete, open and fully integrated design, simulation and virtual manufacturing 3D Experience system. Our mission in developing composite product manufacturing knowledge excellence will be greatly helped by Dassault Systèmes who will in return benefit from NCC’s industry knowledge. The NCC also has key connections with other world-leading technology & innovation centres as a part of the new High-Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre.”

With a £25m investment supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (£12m), South West Regional Development Agency (£4m) and the European Regional Development Fund (£9m), the NCC connects the dots between universities and industry by co-coordinating a strengthened network of regional composite manufacturing excellence centres. The NCC’s steering board comprises representatives from various industries, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Vestas, AgustaWestland, GKN, Umeco and the University of Bristol.

Dassault Systèmes has a longstanding leadership in providing composites solutions for sustainable innovation, addressing key challenges in industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine and energy. At the NCC, elite manufacturers will benefit from this composites knowledge for better achievements.

“We are proud to become an associate member of the National Composites Centre,” commented Philippe Laufer, Vice President Research & Development, CATIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The NCC is critical to global composite industry development, and is an ideal partner for us. Building strong partnerships with leading composites academic institutions, research centers, and industry clusters worldwide is a key focus for Dassault Systèmes to remain at the leading edge of technological innovation.”