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New Industry Solution From IBM and Dassault Systèmes Optimizes Aerospace Suppliers’ Productivity and Flexibility


Aerospace Supplier Collaboration Solution Extends Supplier Control Over Data and Process, Enhancing Responsiveness to OEMs

Paris, France, 02/21/2005, IBM and Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced a specialized PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Industry Solution for aerospace suppliers. Aerospace Supplier Collaboration (ASC) is a strategic solution that enables companies to better manage and control the processes common to suppliers in the aerospace industry.

ASC delivers a suite of aerospace-industry process models, templates, and practices based on SMARTEAM, an industry-leading collaborative product data and lifecycle management solution.

The solution manages data in the context of an aircraft program structure, internal communication, traceability of information, and control of key engineering processes (engineering and manufacturing change, distribution of work tasks, preliminary data release, configuration management, and document management). It also manages and automates the release of maturing product data across the enterprise and supply chain.

With the ASC solution, companies can realise a significant reduction in product development cycle times as well as reduced work-package risk. Greater control over data and process enables suppliers to work more efficiently and responsively, enhancing their competitive ability while optimizing collaboration and compliance with any given customer. The solution is designed to be easy to install and configure, delivering a rapid return on investment.

“Tomorrow’s Best Practice is about creating the future competitive environment rather than being constrained by it,” said Brian Little, executive vice president, European Operations, Magellan Aerospace Corporation, a leading global supplier of technologically advanced aerospace systems and components and an early adopter of the ASC solution. “We are transforming our business by proactively piloting and developing this solution and other related initiatives. We have been able to achieve a 30-35% improvement in effectiveness of engineers’ time, and, by bringing our product information and configuration under control, we have significantly reduced risk and waste and created opportunities for later incorporation of design maturity. Time savings are channelled into real value adding activity -- ultimately increasing our profitability. The ASC solution from IBM and Dassault Systèmes helps us deliver greater value to our customers now and in the future”

“More easily than ever before, suppliers can demonstrate control and compliance with aerospace processes and industry standards,” said Hervé Rolland, vice president, Global PLM Solutions and PDM sales, IBM PLM. “The ASC solution brings them rapid payback through efficient implementation, process templates and PLM Practices. This new solution will help our aerospace customers deliver innovative products to market faster, laying the groundwork for their future success.”

“The ASC solution is a powerful combination of SMARTEAM’s collaborative capabilities and industry-specific templates and PLM practices,” said Stephen Shibel, director, Aerospace Industry Solutions, Dassault Systèmes. “The result is a solution that enables aerospace suppliers to transform their businesses and cut costs by optimizing the use of critical information and collaborating to streamline processes.”

PLM Industry Solutions from IBM and Dassault Systèmes are field-proven Solutions that help manufacturers increase productivity, profitability, and return-on-investment. Developed in conjunction with industry-leading companies, they are based on IBM Industry Thought Leadership and best practices, DS PLM Practices, and IBM PLM applications developed by Dassault Systèmes.

About Magellan

Magellan Aerospace Corporation is one of the world’s most integrated and comprehensive aerospace industry suppliers. Magellan designs, engineers, and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets, and complementary specialty products. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with corporate offices in Mississauga, ON, Canada and operating units throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

About IBM

IBM is the world’s largest technological company, providing leadership and innovation throughout the world for more than 80 years. IBM is the largest supplier of “hardware,” “software” and Information Technology services, and pioneered the development and implementation of “e-business” solutions. IBM Sales & Distribution, which supports more than a dozen key industries worldwide, works with companies of all sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at

About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 70,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to retirement. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit


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