May 23 2007

Nakayama Corporation Innovates Product Development Process with Dassault Systemes’ PLM Solutions

Shortened Time to Market and Streamlined Design Processes

Tokyo, Paris – May 23, 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 Nakayama Corporation (Nakayama), a leading manufacturer of metal pipe products for automobile and industrial machinery, has innovated its product development process with DS’s CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam, shortening time to market.

"We were looking for an industry-recognized, fully scaleable solution with the possibility of adding new functionality as necessary. Selecting 3D PLM solutions from DS, a recognized innovation partner, we have been able to fulfil these criteria and to streamline across the whole enterprise system, from concept design to manufacturing, and to sales," says Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, senior managing director, Nakayama Corporation. Nakayama aims to fully digitalize its manufacturing process with further utilization of CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam and become its industry’s top global manufacturer for all three of its key product lines.

"Since deploying DS’s PLM solutions, Nakayama has achieved results rapidly, with its well-run project and a clear vision," explains Nikos Calfacacos, general manager, Dassault Systèmes. "This is a perfect example of the benefits that SMBs can gain from PLM solutions, which provide a rapid return on investment while helping companies to become more competitive in the global market." DS’s solutions were implemented by Toyotsu Syscom, DS’s local business partner.


In 2005, Nakayama’s R&D project was adopted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), meaning that Nakayama urgently needed to deploy a solution to upgrade and migrate existing 2D design materials to 3D. Nakayama deployed DS’s CATIA simultaneously throughout three company departments (pipe products, forming machine, roll). From product concept to manufacturing, Nakayama streamlined its development processes in product and equipment design, and facilitated reverse engineering with measuring tools, saving time and resources.


DS’s CATIA (for designing the virtual product) supports the use of existing 2D data and newly designed 3D data, allowing a seamless upgrade; ENOVIA SmarTeam (for collaborative product data management) enables immediate collection and accurate reuse of this data.


About Nakayama

Nakayama Corporation is a Japanese leading maker of metal pipe products which was established 40 years ago. It headquartered in Kariya city in Aichi, and has continued to provide innovative products in the market. Nakayama has good reputation in its superior technology and its R&D project has been adopted by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization NEDO in 2005 as its granted project.