02 May 2006

Ford Motor Company Honors UGS with Prestigious Ford Q1 Certification, Ford’s Commendation for Suppliers

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, May 2, 2006

PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Ford Motor Company honored it with the Ford Q1 Certification.  Ford Q1 Certification designates UGS as a preferred supplier of engineering software products and services, and recognizes the company for achieving excellence in four critical areas: capable systems, continuous improvement, ongoing performance and customer satisfaction. 

Ford developed the Q1 certification program by establishing standards that represent a consensus on good management practices, with the aim of ensuring that the supplier organization can consistently deliver product or services that will meet and exceed the customer’s quality requirements. To be recognized as a Ford Motor Company Q1 supplier, vendors must achieve a high level of performance for six consecutive months prior to being awarded with Q1 Certification and maintain that level on an ongoing basis. During the evaluation process, Ford and the supplier agree on metrics for achievement and Ford meets with the supplier to continually assess progress.

Ford Q1 Certification provides UGS with preferred status for new sourcing within targeted commodities; publicly acknowledges UGS as a supplier that stands among the best in the world; and qualifies the company for consideration of Ford Motor Company’s World Excellence Award, which is only given to the best-of-the-best automotive suppliers. Ongoing qualification of Ford Q1 Status by UGS provides Ford with the means to accurately forecast quality, drive continuous improvement and ensure customer satisfaction with its preferred supplier.

“UGS is proud to be named as a preferred Ford supplier and to receive the Ford Q1 Certification,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, executive vice president, Global Ford Account, UGS.  “The Ford Q1 Certification is acknowledgement of UGS’ commitment to Ford and the hard work and excellent results the Ford-UGS team has achieved.  UGS’ mantra is to never let a customer fail and this recognition by a longstanding valued customer and a global automotive industry leader serves as a proof point for UGS’ relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction.

“The certification is also a testament to UGS’ leading edge PLM technology.  UGS is being recognized for providing Ford a dynamic open platform PLM system that is scalable and customizable to meet Ford’s stringent requirements.  UGS is a perfect choice to receive the Q1 certification,” said Hemmelgarn.

UGS has been a key PLM supplier to Ford since 1996, and currently provides PLM solutions to Ford’s Product Development, Powertrain Operations, Vehicle Manufacturing Operations and Customer Service Units for all Ford® vehicle brands.  NX™ software, UGS’ comprehensive digital product development solution; Teamcenter® software, UGS’ digital lifecycle management solution; and Tecnomatix™ software, UGS’ digital manufacturing solution, are all currently deployed within Ford’s extended global enterprise.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. 

Note:  UGS, NX, Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  Ford is a trademark or a registered mark of Ford Motor Company in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.


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