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21 February 2003

Xylatec Selects EDS Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software as Corporate Standard

PLANO, Texas -- EDS today announced Xylatec Group, a global leader in the manufa cture of woodworking tools, has selected EDS’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software as its corporate standard. Xylatec Group joins the growing list of companies choosing EDS PLM software as t heir corporate standard. Most recently, EDS announced on February 11 WINDM&Ouml ;LLER & HÖLSCHER, the world’s leading provider for flexible packaging machinery and equipment, chose EDS PLM software as its corporate standard. Xylatec’s decision followed a detailed benchmark between major competitive systems and a financial evaluation conducted by the independent Swiss consulting firm XMC (Xperteam Management Consulting). “EDS is proud to welcome Xylatec to the growing list of companies standardi zing on our PLM software and services solutions,” said Jim Duncan, presiden t of Europe, EDS PLM Solutions. “Companies like Xylatec are discovering the business benefits of selecting a PLM vendor, not only for its industry-leading technology, but also for its ability to service and support that technology on a global basis and from a single source.” Unigraphics and Teamcenter Xylatec will deploy EDS’ Unigraphics® NX computer-aided design, manufac turing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) software and its Teamcenter™ PLM software solution to unify product development, manufacturing and product da ta management. The implementation will take place at three Xylatec sites -- Horb and Memmingen, Germany, and Beinheim, France -- and will replace several legacy software syste ms. “Xylatec selected EDS as its single source supplier of PLM solutions based on several technical and economic considerations,” said Peter Kleinmann, ma naging director of Xylatec. “We were impressed with the functional superio rity of EDS products and services and with its global presence and world-class s upport. In addition, having a singlebusiness contact for all of our PLM requirements enables Xylatec to operate more efficiently, and the automation afforded us by EDS software should create a rap id ROI for our company.” Additional considerations Xylatec cited for its decision to standardize on EDS&# 146; PLM solutions include:
  • EDS’ ability to integrate Xylatec’s distributed locations, enablin g engineers to collaborate more efficiently.
  • The ability to significantly reduce development and production time by using highly automated features of Unigraphics NX to quickly and easily create thousa nds of variant designs required for Xylatec’s tools.
The software and services contract was finalized in the fourth quarter of 2002 a nd was included in the total for fourth quarter business signings announced alon g with the EDS’ annual results on February 6. About Xylatec The XylaTec GmbH with approx. 1200 employees in more than 20 companies on all fi ve continents develops, designs and produces precision tool systems and precisio n tools for the machining of wood and plastics. The XylaTec GmbH owns to the Tolatec AG and consists of the division Leuco with woodworking tools for direct sale to machine manufacturers and end users and the division Stehle with woodworking tools for specialized trade. Whether solid wood, wood materials or multi component materials -- the XylaTec G mbH offers the perfect tool solution for each material and each task. No wonder that the customer structure of the XylaTec GmbH is as diversified as the product range itself. Whether saw mills, industrial construction, furniture or panel ma nufacturing industry, all appreciate the precision and the quality of these tool s. With 6 production sites and 49 Service-Centres all over the world the XylaTec Gm bH offers a dense network and proves that closeness to the customers is not only a slogan. In 2002 the XylaTec GmbH realized a turnover of 125 million Euro worl dwide.Thanks to intensive research and close collaboration with customers, machine man ufacturers and technical schools the XylaTec GmbH is trend-setting with regard t o the development of efficient precision tools. About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the wor ld’s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their cus tomers’ trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management c onsulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies an d governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2002. T he company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Unigraphics and Teamcenter are registered trademarks of EDS or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered tr ademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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