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Dassault Systemes and IBM Sign Agreement with RENAULT Making CATIA its Strategic System for Future Digital Vehicles Engineering


Paris - 16 Dec 1998: . . .Dassault Systemes and IBM today announced their signing of an agreement with RENAULT, that makes the Dassault Systemes CATIA Solutions the French car manufacturer's main strategic system for CAD/CAM/CAE.

Pursuant to this agreement, CATIA will be deployed on more than 1,200 seats and will be used on all RENAULT's new car programs in conjunction with Euclid Styler and Euclid Machinist.

"RENAULT has always placed emphasis on the indispensable integration of its CAD/CAM/CAE infrastructure and on its strategic nature for the reengineering of its processes. With CATIA, RENAULT will be able to implement digital mock-up on all its future programs," explained Mr. Detourbet, Executive Vice-President, Head of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Division at RENAULT, in charge of CAD/CAM/CAE project.

"RENAULT's decision is a logical evolution in our companies' 18- month partnership and demonstrates CATIA's technological leadership in supporting automotive industrial processes. This decision is in line with the recently announced intent of cooperation with our partner Matra Datavision," commented Etienne Droit, Executive Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Dassault Systemes.

"The strong relationship of trust between IBM and RENAULT is reinforced daily. Our ambition is to support RENAULT in reaching its objectives, both through our services and the value added by our technical and sales network," noted Frank Lerchenmueller, Vice-President of the World-Wide Engineering Solutions Division of IBM.

"By combining the Matra Datavision Solutions with CATIA, RENAULT will be able to optimize its processes in the areas of shape design, digital mock-up and digital manufacturing," added Denis Senpere, Executive Vice-President, Matra Datavision.

Dassault Systemes S.A. is a leading software developer for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM II market -- providing users with solutions for their product development needs. CATIA-CADAM Solutions and Deneb Solutions enable total simulation of the creation of a product. SolidWorks, a wholly- owned subsidiary, offers design-oriented, software solutions based on Windows. With Java-based CATweb e- business tools, everyone can exploit engineering data over the Web. ENOVIA PDM II Solutions deliver a new multi-CAD collaborative and innovative environment for the virtual product and process modeling and management across the extended enterprise. The customer base comprises over 12,000 CATIA-CADAM and 8,500 SolidWorks customers.

IBM is the leader in creating, developing and manufacturing the world's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. IBM translates these advanced technologies into value for its customers through its professional solutions and services businesses worldwide. IBM is also a leader in the CAD/CAM/CAE and PDM II marketplaces with its engineering solutions, which include Dassault Systemes' CATIA, CATweb and ENOVIA products and IBM's e-business solutions, consulting and services. IBM's engineering solutions' sales force is complemented by a large, successful and skilled worldwide Business Partner network, which together, address all types of customer profiles and enable it to continue its growth of market share.

Information on CATIA-CADAM Solutions is available via the CATIA home page at the following address: www.catia.ibm.com.

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CATIA is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes SA. ENOVIA and CATweb are owned by Dassault Systemes SA. EUCLID STYLER and EUCLID MACHINIST are registered trademarks of Matra Datavision. All other products are the brand names or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Contact(s) information

Carine Legras
IBM
33 1 49 05 65 66
carine_legras@fr.ibm.com

Martine Vesco
Dassault Systemes
33 1 40 99 42 18
martine_vesco@ds-fr.com

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