Dassault Systèmes Co-Sponsors SAE 2009 World Congress Opening Ceremonies

Auburn Hills, Mich., USA and Paris, April 13, 2009 -- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has announced that it is co-sponsoring the SAE 2009 World Congress Special Opening Ceremony taking place on Monday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m. at Detroit’s Cobo Center and featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the keynote speaker. This ceremony will kick off the four-day SAE 2009 World Congress hosted by Honda with Bosch as the Tier One Strategic Partner. AVL North America, ATX Group, and ESG Automotive Incorporated are also sponsors of the Special Opening Ceremony.

“Dassault Systèmes is committed to helping the automotive community achieve sustainable product development, which supports this year’s World Congress theme of ‘Racing to Green Mobility,’” said Tom Emmrich, president, Americas, Dassault Systèmes. “Our vision is to enable companies to create better products for people and the environment by minimizing the waste of natural resources and energy in the manufacturing process.”

Long recognized as an enabler of lean manufacturing strategies that improve collaboration and optimize processes to gain efficiencies and eliminate waste, Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions can also influence a product’s effect on the environment. Use of DS PLM solutions, inclusive of CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, and 3DVIA, provides manufacturers real-life 3D visualization and simulation of the entire product lifecycle. This allows companies, early in the design process, to anticipate and manage the environmental impact of their products from product use to end-of-life recycling. Studies have shown that up to 80% of environmental impact can be determined during the design phase.

Emmrich noted that amidst this economic downturn, it is even more critical to avoid unnecessary waste of natural resources and energy in the manufacturing process. To address this issue, Dassault Systèmes’ Kevin Baughey will present “The Future of Automotive Design and Development: 3D PLM for All” on Tuesday at 9:30 am in Cobo Hall, room D3-24/25 at the World Congress. The presentation covers the challenges faced by the automotive industry and presents solutions and strategies that can help companies prosper in today’s global and increasingly complex manufacturing environment.

Today, all of the world’s major automakers use Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, and about 80% of new vehicles are developed using CATIA, the world’s leading 3D product development solution.


About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 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 lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

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