18 June 2007

UGS PLM Software Launches UGS Synergy, A New Program for the Automotive Industry to Revolutionize the Vehicle Design and Manufacturing Collaboration Process

PLANO, Texas,  June 18, 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 in collaboration with HP, announced its new UGS Synergy™ program for the automotive industry that will revolutionize the vehicle design and manufacturing collaboration process.
The new program provides for asynchronous design information sharing in a computer-aided-design (CAD)-independent environment.  For the first time, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers at all levels of the supply chain will have a single optimized process for exchanging vehicle design and manufacturing information. UGS Synergy enables suppliers to set up their own PLM environment and leverage its power to optimize the entire enterprise.

“Suppliers will now have the capability to easily and securely share information across multiple OEM program teams, develop product development best practices across the entire company and optimize expertise and business savvy on an enterprise-wide basis,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing, UGS PLM Software.

The UGS Synergy program leverages its JT™ data format, which has emerged as a standard for 3D visual collaboration in the automotive industry.  Both OEMs and suppliers alike use JT for a wide range of downstream applications from purchasing to manufacturing, as it is smaller in file size and protects intellectual property.

According to a November 2006 report, Cyon Research Corporation estimates that if a single platform such as JT were implemented as a standard data-transfer mechanism, automotive industry suppliers would benefit from savings in the range of $500 million to $800 million annually.  

More specifically, the report states that: “The data indicates that the typical North American supplier would save between $500 and $1,700 per million dollars of revenue -- or, in other terms, a supplier with $1 billion in annual revenue could save perhaps $1.7 million annually if the automotive industry were to adopt a single platform as its sole data-transfer standard.”

Customers will have the ability to purchase UGS Synergy program components as a single appliance, which includes an HP ProLiant server with UGS PLM Software products, packaged and optimized for quick and easy implementation.  UGS Synergy also includes the Exchange Manager, powered by PROSTEP™, which allows suppliers to pull the specific design context from their customers’ managed environment and map it into the suppliers’ local UGS Teamcenter™ product data management solution where it can be made available to the entire team.  Returning the suppliers’ deliverable is equally as simple. 

Developed and tested on HP ProLiant servers, the UGS Synergy program enables an optimized design environment through a single, enterprise-wide data management environment that unites all suppliers product information, enforces proper part nomenclature and encourages best practice work processes together with a single, best-in-class, latest generation design system.

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.

Note:  Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG.  UGS, JT, UGS Synergy and UGS Teamcenter are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  HP and PROLIANT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  PROSTEP is a trademark or registered mark of Prostep AG or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries.  All other products used herein are the properties of their respective owners.



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