Mar 25 2008

Dassault Systèmes Serves the Global Automotive Market with Unified Brand Approach

Dassault Systèmes Brands Delmia Corp. as “ Dassault Systèmes Delmia Corp.”

Auburn Hills, MI., USA, March 27, 2008   Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that it has changed the name of its North American location from Delmia Corp. to Dassault Systèmes Delmia Corp.  This office serves as the North American Automotive Business Unit as well as the world headquarters for the DELMIA Digital Manufacturing brand. The name was changed so customers can better recognize the synergy of the entire DS PLM portfolio inclusive of CATIA for design, DELMIA for process development, ENOVIA for data management and collaboration, and SIMULIA for realistic simulation.

The North American office is located just north of Detroit where it supports the automotive industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the United States.  The use of 3D digital design and manufacturing solutions among automotive OEM and Tier suppliers continues to increase as companies discover the proven benefits being gained with a PLM strategy. All of the world’s major automakers use DS PLM solutions, with CATIA itself productively used by 23 out of 30 OEMs. Additionally, over 75 percent of new vehicles are being designed in CATIA.*

“Our Dassault Systèmes CATIA customer installed base is taking the action to implement DELMIA for its manufacturing planning needs as a natural next step in developing a single source comprehensive PLM strategy,” said Patrick Michel, vice president industry solutions and marketing, Dassault Systèmes Delmia Corp. “The automotive manufacturing community needs to recognize that digital manufacturing technologies have gone far beyond point solutions into comprehensive technologies specifically packaged for domains such as Body-in-White. The DELMIA Body-in-White solution allows process planners to define the overall process by identifying welding points and tools, validate the throughput, identify potential bottlenecks, and modify the line as needed.”  
Digital manufacturing solutions are being implemented at many leading OEMs around the world, demonstrating benefits that include shortened product development cycles, reduced manufacturing costs, improved product quality, and early validation of manufacturing processes.

“An enormous time reduction has been achieved since we began implementing the DELMIA digital factory tools. We regard the digital factory as a working tool serving to make our processes more efficient,” outlines Dr. Markus Baur, project manager in Production at Škoda auto a.s., an affiliated company of the Volkswagen Group.

Another major automotive customer shared similar sentiments about the benefits of Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA solutions contributing to their success. “With DELMIA Process Engineer, we have the opportunity to play out various scenarios, to arrive at the ideal mix in terms of how many work cycles and employees we need,” explains Thorsten Franz, process planner at the newest MAN truck assembly plant in Niepolomice, Poland. “We have already achieved significant synergies from the collaboration among the Logistics, Technology and Assembly Divisions, and achieved considerable cost savings.”

This U.S. location will also continue to support the DELMIA Digital Manufacturing and DELMIA Automation business for other vertical industries segments including industrial equipment, consumer goods, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction, and electronics.