Sep 09 2008

TUV Rheinland Leverages Dassault Systèmes V6 PLM Solution to Launch Compliance Platform

New Offering Will Enhance Customers’ Ability to Evaluate Entire Value Chain for Testing and Certification

TOKYO,  Sept. 9, 2008 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that TUV Rheinland Group, the leader in comprehensive, global independent product testing and assessment services, has selected its ENOVIA V6 PLM solutions to launch the TUV Compliance Platform, an integrated compliance portal for customers. Based on a “Design for Compliance” concept, the portal provides TUV’s customers with the opportunity to reduce costs and minimize time to market by evaluating material and regulatory compliance early in the product development lifecycle – an approach that can also be extended throughout the entire value chain for suppliers as well as OEMs.

By leveraging ENOVIA Materials Compliance Central, TUV’s new portal will provide customers with a “one stop shop” offering a variety of best practices, including the ability to collect, integrate, analyze and report a product’s environmental compliance throughout its development. As a result, designers will be able to use the portal to determine if components meet specific compliance standards and substance thresholds, and suppliers can be incorporated into the evaluation process to ensure that the component library contains the most current materials composition and RoHS certifications. In addition, TUV will deploy ENOVIA’s Engineering Central and Library Central to improve cross-functional and regional collaboration while also helping to manage bill of material (BOM) capabilities and accelerate product development and delivery through intellectual property (IP) re-use.

“With more than 135 years experience in product testing, assessment and certification, TUV Rheinland is well-positioned to help its customers navigate the increasingly complex world of material and regulatory compliance. Our strategic partnership with Dassault Systèmes has enabled us to enhance our certification and consulting portfolio with the launch of the TUV Compliance Platform, a unique service that enables our customers to better manage risk, as well as global material and regulatory compliance issues,” said Sebastian Doose, COO, TUV Rheinland Japan.

“Whether you’re a components supplier or one of the world’s largest manufacturers, the ability to comply with local and regional regulatory and materials requirements is an essential element of conducting global business. As a result, we’re seeing an increasing demand for technology solutions that help companies simplify and cost-effectively manage the process of compliance,” said Andy Kalambi, general manager for Asia, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The deal with TUV Rheinland is a perfect example of how our Materials Compliance Central Solution can be leveraged to develop new value-added services.”

Built on the ENOVIA V6 platform, ENOVIA Materials Compliance Central is a business-process application designed to empower companies to adopt proactive environmental compliance strategies throughout a product’s lifecycle, from design to disposal. New “Eco-Design” capabilities enable automotive and high-tech manufacturers to meet the increasingly-stringent regulations mandated by the EU, specifically the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) directives. These regulations are focused on the European market, but automotive and high-tech/electronics manufacturers must concern themselves with a broad variety of other regional compliance mandates, such as China RoHS, Korea RoHS-ELV, and California RoHS.