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10 September 2002

Messier-Dowty Implements EDS’ Teamcenter Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management Software

LONDON -- EDS today announced the implementation by Messier-Dowty of EDS’ T eamcenter Enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software to provide more than 350 engineers at the aircraft landing gear manufacturer’s United King dom (UK) facilities with ready access to up-to-date product information. Messier-Dowty is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and su pport of aircraft landing gear systems. In addition to its facilities in Glouces ter in the UK, the company has operations in other parts of Europe, North Americ a and Asia. Under the software and services contract, terms of which were not disclosed, EDS PLM Solutions has supplied and implemented the Teamcenter Enterprise collaborat ion foundation and Part Family Manager (PFM) software modules from its Teamcente r product lifecycle management and collaboration software suite. The contract al so calls for ongoing software support services. Intended to replace a number of existing, disparate data management systems curr ently in use at Messier-Dowty, Teamcenter Enterprise will eventually be used to support configuration management and change control during the product developme nt process. However, in phase 1 of the system roll-out it provides view-only acc ess to design information generated on Messier-Dowty’s CAD/CAM system. In l ater phases of its implementation, Teamcenter Enterprise will be interfaced to C atia and other authoring systems to provide integrated control of the product de velopment process. “By replacing several different methods that we have at the moment for stor ing, managing and distributing product information, Teamcenter Enterprise will g ive us a far greater degree of control over the complete product lifecycle proce ss,” said Mike Pictor, MIS project controller at Messier-Dowty. “It will enable the sharing of design information, such as 2D drawings, 3D CAD models and other product information between the engineering and manufacturing departments and across the business as a whole, including our facilities in E urope and North America,” he adds. “We are confident that this will re sult in time and cost savings for us.” Phase 1 of the system’s implementation was completed recently when Teamcent er was rolled out to more than 350 engineers at Messier-Dowty’s UK faciliti es. About Teamcenter EDS’ Teamcenter software enables extended enterprises to capture, manage, a ccess, integrate and leverage diverse types of product information, including pr oduct requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents and p roduct configurations, in a Web-native environment. Teamcenter also provides visualisation and collaboration solutions that enterpri ses can use to create CAD-neutral, PDM-neutral environments with virtual rooms f or conducting real-time conferences. These solutions -- which enable everyone in volved in the product lifecycle to collaborate from anywhere in the world -- inc lude virtual prototyping, 2D/3D visualisation and sophisticated capabilities for performing product assembly analysis during the early stages of the product dev elopment process. About Messier-Dowty A member company of the Snecma Group, Messier-Dowty is the world leader in the d esign, development, manufacture and support of aircraft landing gear systems. Wi th annual sales of US$540 million and backed by a workforce of 2,900 employees a t eight locations across Europe, North America and Asia, Messier-Dowty landing g ear systems are in service on more than 15,000 aircraft making over 20,000 landi ngs every day. Through its three business units -- Airbus, Boeing/Military and R egional/Business Aircraft -- the company builds and supports landing gear on ove r half of the world’s regional and business jet programmes. In the military sector, Messier-Dowty is contributing to the world’s most advanced militar y programmes, including among others, the F/A-18/F, the Eurofighter and Dassault’s Mirage and Rafale. Its products also extend to he licopters and tiltrotors, where it supports the Bell BA609 and the Eurocopter Ti ger programme. About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the dig ital economy. EDS brings together the world’s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, c ollaborate in new ways, establish their customers’ trust and continuously s eek improvement. EDS, with its management-consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies and governments in 58 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange.