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15 October 2012

Continental Structural Plastics Selects Siemens PLM Software to Develop Automotive Advanced Composites

PLANO, Texas, October 15, 2012 - Siemens PLM Software today announced that Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), an innovative leader in providing advanced composite products for the automotive market, has selected its Fibersim™ portfolio of software for composites engineering to support the production launch of the Chevy Spark battery enclosure. Fibersim will also be used to design and manufacture composites for other automotive applications, such as Class A surfaces and structural components.

“The automotive industry is currently undergoing a transformation as it considers the role of advanced composites in more areas of the volume production of vehicles,” said Chris Johnston, the director of technology and processes at CSP. “A variety of materials and processes are being evaluated to determine suitability. CSP is implementing Fibersim so we can establish ourselves as a resource to the industry and as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner while the various technologies are vetted. This will provide CSP with the opportunity to tailor our materials and processes to the needs of the industry.

“For instance, CSP is developing prepreg compression molding technology to support advanced composite structures. The ability to accurately predict fiber orientation is critical to predicting the performance of these structures, and the ability to predict drape is critical to our manufacturing process. Fibersim enables us to do just that and, as a result, supports our advancement of new product and manufacturing technologies based on continuous fiber formats.”

Fibersim will allow CSP to make timely, informed decisions to facilitate the engineering, analysis and design of advanced composites structures and to support the manufacturing process, which extends from developing laminate structures to generating flat patterns and documentation.

“CSP is an innovative company that is taking a leadership role in developing composite structures for the automotive industry,” said Ed Bernardon, vice president of Strategic Automotive Initiatives for the Specialized Engineering Software business segment of Siemens PLM Software. “We are confident that Fibersim will enable them to master the new materials and technologies that the industry is adopting and make decisions that lead to superior products so it can meet its goal of becoming a key player in this emerging area.”

Continental Structural Plastics

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) is a market-leading innovator of composite products. CSP’s goal is to deliver technology that produces measureable advantages in the marketplace for its customers’ products. CSP works with its development partners to supply quality parts that meet or exceed expectations for cost and performance at an optimum weight. For more information, visit www.cspplastics.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 7 million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies, delivering open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industryautomation


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