Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan, April 15, 2002 – Nihon Unisys, Ltd. and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced a strategic alliance. According to this alliance, Nihon Unisys, Ltd. will leverage the Dassault Systemes V5 architecture to develop, deliver and support its next generation world-class CAD/CAM solutions covering end-to-end die development processes, initially targeting automotive OEM and Tier 1 suppliers. In addition, Nihon Unisys, Ltd. will also provide services around Dassault Systemes 3D PLM, enabling customers to closely link product design to manufacturing optimization through an open collaborative environment. <br/>
Nihon Unisys, Ltd. is recognized as a leader in Japan for the delivery of CAD/CAM solutions and consulting services to the automotive industry for the past 30 years. As part of this alliance, Nihon Unisys, Ltd. will reinforce its leadership in the automotive sector by delivering a solution that will cover end-to-end die development processes complementing other V5 automotive processes. It will enable automotive OEM and Tier 1 suppliers to dramatically extend their capability to collaboratively develop and produce superior die tools and processes. <br/>
Dassault Systemes 3D PLM, the world’s leading 3D product/process/resource (PPR) development solution, is the core system for 22 of the top 30 global automotive manufacturers and is the de facto global standard in automotive manufacturing. The unique, integrated and open V5 architecture will allow Nihon Unisys, Ltd. customers to capture, share and reuse information across their global manufacturing environment as well as to extend the system to their vast supplier network worldwide. <br/>
Hideo Saiki, Manager, IT Operations, Systems Solution Group, YAMAHA MOTOR CO., LTD. commented: “We, end users who expect further sophistication of CAD/CAM system, welcome this combination of Western software platform development technology with Japanese application development technology.”
Toshihiko Kato, Corporate Officer, Toyota/Engineering Business Unit, Nihon Unisys Ltd. commented: “By providing Japanese automotive OEM and their related manufacturers with CAD/CAM solutions, Nihon Unisys Ltd. has become a key player in this market. The combination of the Nihon Unisys, Ltd. expertise and the unique competitive edge of the V5 architecture will provide customers with the best 3D PLM solutions. This strategic alliance with Dassault Systemes will contribute to redefining the vehicle development process and its deployment.”
Dominique Florack, Executive Vice President, Dassault Systemes, said: "For years, the best Japanese automotive companies have been partnering with Nihon Unisys, Ltd. as their strategic provider for end-to-end die development and production solutions. This new alliance will accelerate the standardization around V5 and the digital integration of the product lifecycle in the automotive industry with CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA.“
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