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UGS PLM Software Extends PLM Agreement with General Motors (GM); Helps GM Leverage PLM Technology to Enhance Design and Manufacturing


UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the extension of their current PLM software license agreements with General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM). Terms are not being released.

UGS PLM Software made the announcement in conjunction with its annual industry analyst event, at which key company executives plan to share the company’s go-forward vision for the PLM and production automation markets.

UGS PLM Software technology currently enables GM product development, manufacturing and supplier teams to define, organize and conduct real-time design reviews with access to digital product information across all of GM’s global engineering centers, manufacturing sites and more than 1,000 supplier locations worldwide. These agreements extend the use of UGS PLM Software’s PLM technology and services and expand GM’s use of UGS Tecnomatix™ software, UGS PLM Software’s best-in-class digital manufacturing solution for factory layout, simulation and process planning.

Digital manufacturing is a PLM strategy that focuses on improving every aspect of how a company builds its products. Many of the world’s most forward-thinking manufacturers are embracing the technology – and they have reported a number of benefits such as better asset utilization, reduced launch times, more predictable processes and improved profitability. Digital manufacturing gives GM the ability to validate every process used in a plant, ultimately encompassing the entire operation, before the actual plant is even built.

“GM continues to refine its use of a single, common suite of commercial applications from UGS PLM Software for all its global vehicle and powertrain programs,” said Terry Kline, process information officer, Global Product Development, General Motors Information Systems & Services. “This allows us to better manage the IT environment, upgrade systems and collaborate in real time. With more than 30,000 installed seats, UGS PLM Software’s technology is an integral component of our global vehicle development and manufacturing process.”

“However, in today’s global automotive industry, it is clear that being a global company with local programs will not suffice. In order to stay competitive, companies must align programs and organizations on a global basis. UGS PLM Software understands this critical market need and their PLM technology has already delivered on GM’s requirement for production tested, globally scalable systems for product development and manufacturing,” added Kline.

“GM continues to lead the automotive industry in globalizing its PLM platform, leveraging UGS PLM Software’s capability for scalability and collaboration to its full extent,” said Tony Affuso, chairman and CEO of UGS PLM Software. “GM continues to transform its process of innovation through PLM, and is increasingly able to get exciting quality vehicles and powertrains to the world market in shorter periods of time. We believe the result of the Siemens UGS PLM Software’s direction to link the virtual to the physical world will inevitably further reduce product development costs and enhance product quality and innovation worldwide.”

UGS TeamcenterTM software, UGS PLM Software’s digital lifecycle management solution and the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, serves as the platform upon which GM implements and maintains common engineering and manufacturing processes. GM is widely recognized for its ability to successfully execute complex global product programs and UGS PLM Software products are a critical element to making that strategy possible. UGS PLM Software provides GM advanced software interoperability and knowledge-based capabilities, giving GM access to current and accurate digital information, without translation, wherever and whenever required.


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