Europe’s Top Aerospace Company EADS Turns to IBM and Dassault Systemes for Product Lifecycle Management Solutions

EADS divisions standardize on CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA solutions to streamline development and production processes

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Stuttgart, Germany and Paris, France – June 12, 2002 – EADS, Europe’s largest aerospace and defense group, IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq : DASTY ; Euronext Paris : #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the signing of a seven-year multi-million Euro agreement in which EADS will use IBM’s and Dassault Systemes’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for all development, construction and production across its divisions worldwide, including EADS Military Aircraft, Eurocopter, Astrium, EADS Launch Vehicles, and EADS CASA.


“Standardizing on IBM’s and Dassault Systemes’ PLM solutions will enable all our divisions to share a common engineering infrastructure for development, construction and production,” said Dr. Andreas Groth, senior vice president, Information Management at EADS. “In this way, we can ensure that the group uses common processes throughout all the phases of product development — from design, to service, to production —and derive strategic benefit as a result,” added Hans-Erich Mundt, senior vice president, Corporate Sourcing at EADS.


This agreement expands EADS’ existing installed base of roughly 1,100 CATIA workstations by 30 percent. During the initial stages of the seven-year agreement, EADS will migrate from CATIA V4 to CATIA V5 for virtual product design coupled with ENOVIA collaborative product data management solutions which are sold and supported worldwide by IBM. EADS will also implement Dassault Systemes’ DELMIA advanced manufacturing solutions to define, simulate and execute complete production processes.


The enterprise installation of the IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM platform will allow EADS to streamline processes and better coordinate activities between divisions, thus providing the Company with greater product standardization and decreased redundancies. EADS is taking this strategic PLM-based approach to improve collaboration, product innovation, management of product-related processes, and dissemination of product information, not only to achieve cost reduction, but also to promote innovation and other value driving processes. These shared product databases will be utilized not only by the research and design teams, but also by non-engineering functions, such as product support, purchasing, production and after-sales services.


The CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA implementation will provide EADS with a complete PLM business solution allowing e-collaboration between teams, such as product concept and engineering with production and product support. It will also enable EADS to bring innovative products to market more effectively by providing real-time transparency to dynamic and precise product information to all product-support functions.


“The EADS decision is another important illustration of leading companies recognizing the value we can uniquely deliver with an integrated 3D PLM solution,“ said Etienne Droit, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Dassault Systemes. “With the combined strength of CATIA, ENOVIA, and DELMIA, EADS will cover the entire range of industrial manufacturing from digital design to collaborative data management, production and support, and will be able to innovate, share and reuse data accross their teams and divisions, and increase their market responsiveness.“


“We are extremely pleased by this key decision by EADS. It confirms IBM’s leading position as a total PLM solutions provider to the aerospace industry,” said Ed Petrozelli, general manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management. “Our solutions, supported by our strong business partner network, and in this case EADS Matra Datavision, will allow EADS to link design more closely to manufacturing, suppliers and ultimately the customer. Improving these core business processes will translate into increased competitiveness for EADS.“

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