04 March 2008

IHC Merwede Selects Siemens PLM Software's Solid Edge and Teamcenter Express

PLANO, Texas, and ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands, March 6, 2008 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM), today announced Dutch-based IHC Merwede, the global market leader in designing and building specialized dredging material and complex, custom-built offshore ships, has selected Solid Edge® software and Teamcenter® Express software to design customized ships in 3D.

IHC Merwede employs approximately 2,000 people in nine different locations throughout The Netherlands and units in China, the United States, India, the Middle East, Russia and Singapore. Siemens PLM Software has been used at IHC Merwede for several years and in order to shift from 2D to 3D design, the company selected Solid Edge combined with Teamcenter Express, both products of the Velocity Series™, Siemens PLM Software’s mid-market portfolio. Solid Edge is a powerful hybrid 2D/3D design system and Teamcenter Express is a collaborative Product Data Management (cPDM) solution.

3D design is now used by IHC Parts & Services, a business unit which designs and produces big dredging, complex installations and parts that are replaced often due to wear and tear, such as dredging ship pumps. Following the initial implementation, two more units, IHC Hytop and IHC Hydrohammer, will then begin implementing the software.

“Our transition to 3D design is a strategic choice to minimize the error margin in designs,” said Daan Barendse, ICT coordinator CAD/CAM at IHC Merwede. “When designing complex components such as suction hoses, 3D software gives us the opportunity to see if everything fits exactly as it’s supposed to. With 2D design, a designer would have to convert the picture into 3D in his/her head.

“Teamcenter Express’ primary advantage is the overview it offers and its full integration with Solid Edge – Teamcenter Express is the only PDM solution that fully integrates. In an uncontrolled environment, if one designer uses a part in construction and then changes the component, their colleague may be unable to see the adjustments. With Teamcenter Express this can be managed, because it precisely registers which component is used when and where. In Teamcenter Express components can easily be re-used, while they are protected against uncontrolled modifications.”

“The selection by IHC Merwede speaks volumes to our success in the SMB marketplace and the ease of transitioning from 2D to 3D with our software,” said Paul Vogel, senior vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Siemens PLM Software. “The collaborative tools we offer are critical for companies to be able to readily compete in the global environment in which we all live. IHC Merwede recognized this and acted quickly to take advantage of the edge this gives them.”

About IHC Merwede

IHC Merwede focuses on the continuous development of its design and construction activities for the specialised shipbuilding sector, in particular the dredging and offshore industries. IHC Merwede is the global market leader in the construction of specialist dredging equipment and complex custom-built offshore vessels. The clients of IHC Holland Merwede include major dredging companies, oil and gas exploration groups, offshore contractors and government authorities.

IHC Merwede has a staff of approximately 2,000 at its locations in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Kinderdijk, Krimpen aan den IJssel, Sliedrecht, Apeldoorn, Delfgauw, Goes, Hendrik Ido Ambacht and Heusden. There are also branches in China, Houston (USA), India, the Middle East, Russia and Singapore.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.6 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter, Solid Edge, and Velocity Series are a trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries 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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