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27 July 2004

Leading Textile Machinery Manufacturer Selects UGS' Product Lifecycle Management Solutions as Corporate Standard

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, July 27, 2004

MILAN and PLANO, Texas – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announcedthat Fereng, the engineering company of group FERBER – a leading textile machinery manufacturer based in Italy – has signed an agreement valued at €500,000 (US$600,000) to implement UGS’ Teamcenter® and NX products as its corporate standards for PLM and product development.

Fereng will deploy Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, to integrate and manage product information generated internally and by its customers.  The company will use NX, UGS’ world-class computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) software, for the development of its textile machinery products.

An additional requirement of Fereng’s is the need to address certification and documentation issues. Avoiding data losses and other management inefficiencies that might cause customer dissatisfaction is of vital importance to the company. Fereng determined that UGS’ products comprised the most effective solutions for helping to address these requirements.

“Of all of the PLM providers we reviewed, UGS was the only one that provided a truly integrated PLM suite of solutions,” said Agostino Ripamonti, project manager at Fereng. “The company’s strategic approach to PLM and exceptional service were each critical factors in our final decision to work with them as our PLM vendor of choice.  We will use Teamcenter and NX to further enhance our technological infrastructure.”

 “We are very pleased that Fereng has placed its confidence in UGS to help enhance its product lifecycle process and address its important certification and documentation requirements,” said Jim Duncan, executive vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for UGS.  “UGS considers our customer relationships of utmost importance, and we look forward to a long and productive association with Fereng and the FERBER group.”

The first phase of the PLM implementation will be completed at Fereng, with a long-term goal to extend UGS solutions to the entire FERBER group, including the sales and production areas.

About Fereng

Fereng was founded in late 2003 as a result of FERBER’s decision to split its two main operations (engineering and sales) into two independent companies with their own organization.  Fereng can be considered as the expression of the corporate know-how acquired by FERBER throughout the years.  Besides the “historical” headquarters in Missaglia, near Lecco, a new branch office was opened a few months ago in Santa Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), inside the Science and Technology Center POLARIS.  The two sites are linked by means of advanced connectivity systems and provided with “twin” software to work in Lombardy or Sardinia indifferently.  Fereng employs about 15 people.

About FERBER

In 2003, FERBER, a worldwide leader in the textile machinery industry, celebrated 20 years in business.  FERBER operates through their own network of agents and affiliated partners, such as loom manufacturers, who supply FERBER products as a complement to their plants.  The company manufactures auxiliary equipment for the textile industry, including winding and lap machines, control and finishing plants, etc.  Currently, 60% of FERBER products are sold in Italy, the rest worldwide.  At the end of last year, FERBER signed an agreement with a major European loom manufacturer,which resulted in a radical reorganization of the entire group: the two main operations (engineering and sales) were split into two independent companies with their own organization, creating Fereng and Fercom.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 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. 

Note:  Teamcenter is a registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.