04 May 2004

Crown UCP Selects Solid Edge From UGS PLM Solutions For Innovative Bottle Design

FOR RELEASE Monday, May 4, 2004

CAMBERLEY, UK -- UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management (PLM) subsidiary of EDS, today announced Crown UCP, manufacturers of packaging products to the consumer marketing industry, has selected Solid Edge from UGS PLM Solutions to create 3-D designs for its customers’ drink bottles.

Crown UCP, whose customers include leading players in the beverage industry including Diageo and Grant’s, made the selection after the 2003 introduction of Rapid Blue, Solid Edge’s sophisticated and flexible shape creation software. Solid Edge’s Rapid Blue enables fast-track 3D design iteration by providing flexibility in styling without concern for history, enabling users to Design with Insight and iterate design alternatives easier and faster.

The inclusion of shape creation capabilities was a major factor in our decision to move to Solid Edge, said Jim Harrower, design projects manager at Crown UCP. We had considered migrating to Solid Edge for some time, but the Rapid Blue enhancements proved to be the final push. We are now able to create larger and even more varied designs. In addition, we receive regular software updates -- something not available with the previous UNIX-based system we were using.

Crown UCP currently has six Solid Edge licences with plans to acquire more to complete the phasing out of its UNIX-based software by the end of 2004.

The PC-based format of Solid Edge allows us to integrate it with many other applications, thereby enabling technical as well as non-CAD departments to access design information. Showing designs or a sample to customers has ceased to be a time-consuming or complex process, added Harrower.

Designers working within the FMCG sectors (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) will find the shape creation tools beneficial as they are geared toward the fast creation of aesthetically pleasing consumer product designs where the form need not be limited by functionality.

Crown UCP acquired the application through SOLID Applications -- one of Europe’s largest value-added resellers of CAD solutions. SOLID Applications implemented the software and provides ongoing support.

The Solution
Solid Edge from UGS PLM Solutions is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modelling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About SOLID Applications Ltd
Based in Oldbury, near Birmingham, SOLID Applications Ltd. specialises in the supply, implementation and support of Solid Edge based CAD solutions. Ranked the UK’s number one supplier of Solid Edge by UGS PLM Solutions, SOLID Applications develops, implements and supports other complimentary applications to meet its customers’ needs. The company also provides network design, installation and implementation services to individual customers’ requirements. Visit: www.solidapps.co.uk.

About Crown UCP
CROWN UCP plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of CROWN, and specialise in the manufacture of Aluminium Closures, PET Bottles and Brand Protection devices for the Drinks industry. Our manufacturing facility is in Scotland, and we export product to over 50 countries around the world. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with excellent product quality, excellent standards of service, best in class "in-field" technical support and a strong capability to innovate to meet customers’ needs.

About UGS PLM Solutions
UGS PLM Solutions is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 2.8 million licensed seats and 42,000 accounts worldwide. 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 promise of PLM.

Note to editors: Solid Edge is a registered trademark of UGS PLM Solutions 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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