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SHANGHAI, China, June 4, 2007 – UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the opening of PLM Training Centers at leading universities throughout China made possible by the company’s in-kind software grants. These newly established training centers at the following institutions will certify thousands of undergraduate and graduate students annually, thus enabling the universities to support local manufacturers with quality engineers who are trained on the latest industry software.
The in-kind grants were made through UGS PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) initiative, which leads the PLM industry in the commercial value of in-kind grants it provides at more than US$4 billion annually. The company’s GO PLM initiative brings together five complementary programs focused on academic partnership; community relations; regional productivity; youth and displaced worker development; and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. The initiative provides PLM technology to more than 915,000 students annually at nearly 9,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.
“Our university has maintained an excellent partnership with UGS PLM Software,” said Professor Wang Hong, president of SUES. “Dated back to 1998, the College of Automotive Engineering introduced the company’s software and used it as part of curriculum for undergraduates. Now we are happy to announce that more colleges will be added as users of this outstanding software, namely College of Mechanical Engineering, College of Material Engineering, and the SUES/PLM Training Center. UGS PLM Software not only provides superior software for our university but also offers quality NX Certifications via the GO PLM Program.
“UGS PLM Software is exclusively beneficial in terms of developing students’ intelligence and enhancing their practical skills. Those students who receive training are highly spoken of by their employers for the great achievements in their work. This win/win program showcases the vision and wisdom of top executives within UGS PLM Software.”
In 2006, UGS PLM Software announced grants to institutions in China worth more than $1.1 billion (see separate release). Over the past 10 years, UGS PLM Software has made in-kind grants of its software to approximately 450 academic institutions in China. These institutions are helping to address the growing demand for experienced engineers and technologists in the Chinese manufacturing market by integrating UGS PLM Software and GO PLM Certification Programs into their curriculum.
“To prosper in today’s digital economy, it is no longer enough for manufacturers to out perform direct competition on a one-to-one basis,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, UGS PLM Software. “They must manage their product life cycles in close collaboration with suppliers, business allies and trusted customers to be market leaders. Our GO PLM program helps to address essential business issues our customers face - the shrinking supply of skilled employees and the gap between current worker skills and the level of performance required in today’s global manufacturing market. We are proud to be associated with these universities and help them serve their local manufacturers with top quality engineers.”
About UGS PLM Software
UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.4 million licensed seats and 47,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS 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 UGS PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/ugs.
About Siemens Automation and Drives
The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,600 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of €1.572 billion on sales of €12.848 billion and orders of €14.108 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information about A&D is available in the Internet at www.siemens.com/automation.
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