White Plains, New York & Paris, France - 07 Oct 2002: IBM today confirmed its intention to acquire EADS Matra Datavision, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Group. Once completed, the combination of IBM and EADS Matra Datavision will significantly enhance IBM's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offerings and give IBM an unmatched capacity to help manufacturing customers improve product quality and design, and reduce both costs and product development times.
The transaction, subject to approval from regulatory authorities and consultation with internal work councils, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter and take effect by January 1, 2003 at which time EADS Matra Datavision will become part of IBM.
EADS Matra Datavision is one of the world's leading suppliers of engineering applications and services. It has been IBM's top producing Product Lifecycle Management business partner since establishing an alliance with IBM in 1998, distributing and providing integration services for IBM PLM's CATIA, ENOVIA and SMARTEAM product development and data management applications.
Ed Petrozelli, general manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management, said, "Following this week's creation of IBM's Business Consulting Services unit, the acquisition of EADS Matra Datavision reinforces IBM's strategy of fusing business insight with infrastructure and technology skills. IBM can now deliver customers a more complete range of PLM business and technology solutions and services that will help them design, build and manage better products and allow them to drive down their costs throughout the full product lifecycle process."
By adding EADS Matra Datavision's consulting and technical expertise encompassing all leading PLM solutions to IBM's existing PLM services and infrastructure offerings, customers will benefit from a complete PLM value proposition, including industry insight, market-leading applications, key infrastructure capabilities, along with maintenance and financing of the integrated system.
Product Lifecycle Management refers to solutions and methodologies that allow manufacturers to integrate product-development processes and knowledge across the extended enterprise. PLM enables innovation, improved product development efficiencies, and e-collaboration by all contributors involved in product roll-out, including engineers, production teams, operations, through to suppliers and after-sales service.
According to an IDC 2002 report, the PLM services market will grow from $1.9 billion in 2001 to $5.5 billion in 2006, representing a combined annual growth rate of 23.4% over the period. With this acquisition, IBM is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this market opportunity. IBM recently identified its PLM business unit as one of the pillars of its e-business strategy and the heart of its Industrial Sector offering.
Jacques Vannier, chief executive officer, EADS Matra Datavision, said, "For the last 4 years, we have worked closely with IBM to provide customers with unparalleled implementation support of IBM PLM solutions. This transaction will bring us closer to our customers and give them a wider range of innovative solutions based on IBM's e-business strategy and technologies. As part of IBM, EADS Matra Datavision will remain committed to providing industrial companies of all sizes and in all industrial sectors with complete PLM solutions and specifically adapted services to help them improve their PLM business processes and achieve rapid return on investment."
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