Fifth Annual European CATIA Forum to be held in Berlin October 16-18

2500 participants expected at Europe’s largest PLM  forum hosted by IBM and Dassault Systemes


Paris, France.  September 24, 2001 -   IBM and Dassault Systemes announced today that the fifth annual European CATIA Forum will be held from 16-18 October at the new Estrel convention center in Berlin, Germany. With more than 2,000 participants expected to attend, ECF is the main European rendez-vous for Product Lifecycle (PLM) Solution users and Dassault Systemes and IBM business partners. <br/>



The ECF is a two-day event of high-value plenary and product sessions, user case studies, demonstrations, workshops, hands-on training and a technifair, all focused on helping customers become more competitive.  Top executives from both companies, including Bernard Charles, president of Dassault Systemes, and Ed Petrozelli, general manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management, will share their vision and strategy for building the digital enterprise.  Sessions will cover key industry issues, including industry design, collaboration and integration with supply chain management and the latest product evolutions.<br/>




This year’s ECF will showcase the most advanced PLM solutions in 3d available to manufacturing companies” said Bernard Charles, President, Dassault Systemes. “At the ECF, customers will have the opportunity to meet with key teams from Dassault Systemes and IBM and learn about the innovations being made today around 3d PLM to make their companies the leaders of tomorrow.”




Industry leaders from throughout Europe representing both the corporate and small-medium enterprise groups will describe how they are deploying Product Lifecycle Management solutions in a wide range of industries and applications.  They will show examples of their processes through the use of Dassault Systemes and IBM PLM products.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Mr Bernard Meyer, CEO of Merywerft Shipbuilding.  His presentation will be based on how shipbuilding is driving major contributions to PLM solution efficiency.<br/>



Henri Evain, project director, Volvo Information Technology, who attended last year’s ECF commented, “ These presentations are extremely interesting for companies like Volvo I.T. and Renault V.I.  To see how total integration of information throughout the lifecycle of a product from design, through manufacture and distribution, and eventually even to end customers and future web-linked service providers gives us new ideas on how we can improve our own processes.”




Dassault Systemes experts, developers and product managers will discuss the latest about PLM solutions, implementation processes and best practices.  Solutions workshops will be led by Dassault Systemes and IBM application specialists to present the most effective methodologies to optimize the use of their PLM solutions.  Business partners will also be present to show their latest complementary solutions and equipment.<br/>



There will be a hands-on CATIA V5 session allowing attendees to design a real-world product themselves and, for the first time, a 4-hour in-depth training session, entitled “ECF Academy,” will be held for PLM application users to learn advanced functionalities and increase their productivity. <br/>



A Gala Dinner will take place the second evening of the forum, Wednesday, October 17th, to celebrate the longstanding partnership between Dassault Systemes and IBM.  Said Ed Petrozelli, general manager, Product Lifecycle Management, IBM,

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