IBM and Dassault Systemes Announce Major Contract with MAN Nutzfahrzeuge to Standardize Truck and Bus Production Processes
Europe’s third largest truck manufacturer expands use of ENOVIA solutions and PLM services to realize substantial savings in engineering and manufacturing development processes
München, Germany and Paris, France - 25 June 2002 - MAN Nutzfahrzeuge (MAN), IBM, and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that MAN Nutzfahrzeuge will standardize all product development using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions from IBM and Dassault Systemes, including best practice methodologies and new ENOVIA V5 LCA products. IBM services will also be employed to boost productivity from the first stages of the project. This announcement is in line with the strategic decision from MAN Nutzfahrzeuge to standardize product development processes across its bus and truck divisions. The implementation of the IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM solutions at MAN is designed to improve the company’s product diversity management of a great number of different truck and bus base models.
“IBM PLM Solutions, including core CATIA and ENOVIA V5 application suites developed by Dassault Systemes, are the best software for us because they enable advanced configured digital mock-up usage closely linked with business process management, a crucial factor in today's extremely competitive economic climate. With the support of the IBM’s IGS PLM consulting team, we will have the infrastructure to implement new and improved processes in our distributed engineering and manufacturing environment to meet our particular requirements,” explained Johannes Mittelhammer, director technical IT at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge. “The MAN organization has begun an immediate implementation of the PLM infrastructure to support our decentralized organization, better manage our highly customized models. The network-oriented PLM solutions will give our entire product realization and product support functions a secure, transparent workspace allowing collaboration and real-time 3D product data sharing across all our bus and truck product lines at all our sites.”
The agreement with MAN includes approximately 700 ENOVIA LCA licenses. ENOVIA LCA is a product data management application suite that supports complex product development processes with a very high degree of variants, typical of the truck and bus manufacturing industry. Using its integrated product, process, resources (PPR) infrastructure, ENOVIA LCA is designed to manage engineering and manufacturing processes built around multi-disciplinary multi-site configured digital mock-ups. ENOVIA LCA will be used throughout the entire company, tightly integrated with CATIA V5, the core product development application in the IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM portfolio, as well as MAN’s own legacy systems.
Implementation, methodology, services and support will be provided by MAN IT and IBM Global Services.
Today’s announcement confirms the industry’s recognition of IBM and Dassault Systemes Product Lifecycle Management solutions in truck and bus manufacturing. Klaus Schaefer, vice president Europe Middle East Africa, IBM Product Lifecycle Management, said: “This agreement redefines the close relationship the entire MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group has with IBM and underscores the importance of the collaborative workplace for gaining competitive advantage. IBM, through its innovative PLM product suite and complete services and hardware offering, will continue to provide a business solution that supports MAN in its effort to increase productivity and better address customer demands.”
Denis Senpere, vice president ENOVIA & SMARTEAM European Operations, Dassault Systemes, added: “MAN Nutzfahrzeuge’s decision reflects the proven market-tested business benefits derived from our integrated 3D PLM solutions. We are pleased that MAN recognizes the unique value of our ENOVIA solutions to support decentralized product development organizations with advanced business processes and powerful tools enabling collaboration for increased productivity and ultimately better products.”