05 January 2005

Solid Edge™ Receives 250 Seat Order from German Beverage and Bottling Machinery Maker Krones AG

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, January 5, 2005

PLANO, Texas and NEUTRAUBLING, Germany – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that Krones AG -- the world’s largest manufacturer of beverage bottling lines and packaging machinery -- has purchased an additional 250 seats of Solid Edge™, UGS’ industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market. Krones has been using Solid Edge since 2001.

As part of the PLM project at Krones, the existing 2D CAD systems will be replaced at all five of its German sites.

“Migrating the 2D CAx applications is a major step. The strategic decision in favor of Solid Edge lays the foundation for a major increase in productivity of our entire development-design-production process,” says Jürgen Wefers, Manager of Process Management at Krones AG.

“With its trend-setting simple and intuitive user interface, numerous focused applications, handling of large assemblies, excellent standards-based drawing production and comprehensive Application Program Interface (API), Solid Edge is exactly the right system for us,” added Gerhard Dietlmeier, Manager of Information Management CAD. “The 2D module, which is fully functional even without a 3D model, allows us to modify existing 2D data quickly and easily without the need for remodeling.”

Krones’ entire computer-aided-design (CAD) division has standardized on UGS solutions.  In addition to Solid Edge, UGS’ NX™ solution for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) container design, NC programming, and mold development.

The Solid Edge implementation, including consulting and training, is being handled by Solid System Team GmbH, one of UGS’ most successful Solid Edge sales partners in Germany.

“This major order for expanding an existing installation shows that Solid Edge meets the high expectations of a globally leading system engineering company,” says Werner Heckl, Managing Director of Solid System Team GmbH.


About Krones
The Krones Group, headquartered in Neutraubling/Bavaria, Germany, plans, develops and manufactures machines and complete lines for bottling, canning and packaging operations in the beverage, food, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. It has plants in Neutraubling, Nittenau, Flensburg, Freising and Rosenheim. Besides Krones AG (MDAX), the group comprises the production subsidiaries Steinecker (brewing technology), Sander Hansen (pasteurizers), Syskron (process automation) and Kosme (machines for the lower capacity range), plus more than 40 companies abroad.  With 8,690 employees, the group’s turnover reached a good 1.4 billion euros in 2003. For more information about Krones visit www.krones.com.

The Solution
Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieves competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS
UGSis a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 


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