May 25 2004

Tata Technologies, IBM and Dassault Systèmes Join Forces to Meet Growing Demand for PLM Solutions in India

Objective: deliver solutions and services to help Indian manufacturers streamline production processes

Mumbai, India and Paris, France – May 25, 2004 – IBM and Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced an agreement with Tata Technologies Limited, India’s leading provider of engineering and design services to the automotive and aerospace industries, to expand marketing, sales, and services of their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.  Under the terms of the agreement, Tata Technologies becomes an IBM Business Partner and a Dassault Systèmes Services Provider and Education Partner.  

With support and certification from Dassault Systèmes, Tata Technologies will create a PLM Competency Center to provide demonstrations, training, technical support, and software application customization of IBM PLM Solutions.  

IBM PLM Solutions, comprised of CATIA, ENOVIA and SMARTEAM collaborative product development and data management applications developed by Dassault Systèmes, help manufacturers of all types innovate, improve product quality, and reduce both costs and product development times.  They also help companies collaborate internally, across geographic boundaries and with suppliers.

As an IBM Business Partner, Tata Technologies will sell and support IBM PLM Solutions to manufacturers throughout India, including Tata Motors and its suppliers.  

Tata Technologies will play a key role in transforming the existing manufacturing platform of Tata Technologies’ sister company Tata Motors to a collaborative 3D development environment using IBM PLM Solutions that will link all of the company’s product, process and resource data, as well as its development and manufacturing teams.

“As the largest user of CATIA in India, this agreement gives Tata Technologies deep access to Dassault Systèmes technologies and internals to allow us to provide our customers the most appropriate, advanced and cost effective solutions to meet their increased engineering needs,” said Patrick McGoldrick, Managing Director, Tata Technologies. “Our customers are looking to obtain significant savings in time to market by adopting CATIA V5, PLM and knowledge-based engineering.”

“Our global customers now have a benchmark by which they can assure themselves of the quality of our engineering and design services,” said Jeff Sage, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Technologies. “India’s economy is booming and this agreement is an important landmark in our efforts to respond to growing customer demand with the world’s most advanced PLM software solutions, best practices, and consulting services.”

“By teaming with Tata Technologies, we now give our clients in India, including Tata Motors and its suppliers, greater access to IBM’s extensive experience and leadership in implementing integrated PLM solutions,” said Raoul van Engelshoven, vice president, IBM Product Lifecycle Management, Asia Pacific.

 “Joining forces with India’s leading engineering and design services company exemplifies IBM’s commitment to delivering world-class solutions and services to all of our global markets. Together, we will help manufacturers in India drive productivity and efficiency and ultimately improve their competitive positioning in the global marketplace,” van Engelshoven continued.

“With this strategic agreement, Tata Technologies can offer companies in India the competitive advantage gained using our PLM solutions,” said Francis Bernard, Advisor to the President, Dassault Systèmes. “Through our Version 5 (V5) Development Service Provider agreement, Dassault Systèmes will assist Tata Technologies to fulfill its software customization service activity based on our V5 architecture.”