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26 January 2009

National Taiwan University Receives US$75 Million In-Kind Software Grant from Siemens PLM Software

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, January 26, 2009 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US$75 million to National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei City, Taiwan. The in-kind grant, the first one that NTU has received from Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ (Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management) program, will be deployed for training courses to be available at NTU’s future Advanced Manufacturing Centre.

One thousand students and 150 teaching staff will benefit from this software, which will help improve the training standards for students, particularly in the areas of co-design, rapid prototyping, process management and document management software, and manufacturing of medical devices.

The range of software provided includes PLM applications that are widely used by many multi-national corporations in key industries around the globe. The grant includes NX™ software, Siemens PLM Software’s comprehensive digital product development solution; Teamcenter® software, Siemens PLM Software's digital lifecycle management solution and the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio; and Tecnomatix® software, Siemens PLM Software’s best-in-class digital manufacturing solution.

In addition the grant includes the Teamcenter for Medical Devices solution which was jointly developed by Siemens PLM Software and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services and business solutions and outsourcing firm that possesses in-depth knowledge, expertise and experience of the regulatory needs in the medical devices industry.

“TCS is actively focusing on improving the quality of life by developing products and solutions for Medical Devices & Diagnostics clients globally,” said Regu Ayyaswamy, vice president and head, Engineering and Industrial Services of TCS. “We see this collaboration as a key initiative to develop mutual value for NTU, Siemens PLM Software and TCS.”

“Through the in-kind grant from Siemens PLM Software, NTU will now be able to set up a cross-teaching and research and development center which will help take our training facilities to the next level,” said Yang Tai Hong, director, Biomedical Engineering Institute of Applied Mechanics of National Taiwan University. “From an academic perspective, the move will not only benefit our students training more adequately but is also slated to strengthen our position as the top university in Taiwan by catapulting us farther ahead of other Taiwanese varsities through our improved training capabilities.”

“Siemens PLM Software is proud to be associated with National Taiwan University and looks forward to providing the designers and engineers of the future with our industry leading PLM technology,” said Chuck Yuan, senior vice president and general manager, Greater China, Siemens PLM Software. “It is apparent that manufacturers today compete on the basis of time to market, product costs, quality and innovation. Through this initiative, we are confident that students from NTU will gain invaluable experience from PLM software technology, which serves to support these key business objectives and helps turn more ideas into successful products.”

Siemens PLM Software’s technology will also enhance teaching resources, through long-distance Internet learning programs, for I-Shou University, Southern Taiwan University, Kun Shan University, Tajen University, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Yuanpei University, Ming Chuan University and assist in the implementation of industrial convergence.

GO PLM

Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM program, which leads the industry in the commercial value of in-kind grants it provides, brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than 1,000,000 students yearly at nearly 10,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports, visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.

National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University (NTU) is a national co-educational university located in Taipei City, Taiwan. In accordance with THES2008 report, NTU is the top ranking university in Taiwan and is ranked 124th in the world rankings. Currently, the university consists of 13 colleges, offers degrees and diplomas in over 100 fields of study, and there are around 33,000 students. For more information, please visit www.ntu.edu.tw.

About Tata Consultancy Services

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, business solutions and outsourcing organization that delivers real results to global businesses, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT and IT-enabled services delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata Group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 120,000 of the world's best trained IT consultants in 50 countries. The Company generated consolidated revenues of US $5.7 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2008 and is listed on National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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 5.9 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. 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, Germany) 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 industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors 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. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.


Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM, NX, Teamcenter and Tecnomatix are 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.