FOR RELEASE Wednesday, July 14, 2004
NEW YORKand LINKOPING, Sweden – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Saab AB has selected UGS as its new technology partner for PLM and will standardize on Teamcenter®, the leading integrated portfolio of PLM solutions, for product collaboration within the Saab Aerosystems business unit.
UGS made the announcement in conjunction with its analyst/media briefing event being held July 14-15 in New York. The briefing is the first such event UGS has held since announcing on May 27 the closing of its sale by EDS to three private equity firms and its launch of operations as an independent software company under the UGS brand.
Saab Aerosystems expects its use of Teamcenter to help the unit achieve annual cost reductions in the “multi-million dollar” range. The unit also expects the PLM solution to strengthen its capability for increased international cooperation throughout the aerospace industry. Saab Aerosystems will implement Teamcenter to strengthen production and support systems for its Gripen aircraft in Sweden and other countries where it is sold. Gripen is the first fourth generation fighter aircraft in operational service today. In active operation in the Swedish Air Force since 1997, Gripen aircraft are also in service with the South African, Hungarian and Czech air forces.
Saab Aerosystems’ investment in Teamcenter includes 1,000 licenses of Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense to enable global program and team collaboration to manage their complex aircraft, long development cycles and stringent processes.
“The success of this PLM implementation is a critical component of Saab Aerosystems’ future business plan as well as our overall objective to cut IT costs,” says Lars Ydreskog, chief of operations at Saab Aerosystems. “We have set significant objectives to reduce lifecycle costs, to increase product data consistency and to reduce development time, which together sets the requirement for our solution provider. Based on the evaluation, Teamcenter met or exceeded our stringent requirements for functionality, openness and scalability and will play a key factor in supporting us to achieve our objectives.”
The Teamcenter solution at Saab Aerosystems will replace numerous legacy systems in order to drive down the total IT costs at Saab. Teamcenter will manage documents and product structures including options and variants, as well as integrate CATIA® designs, enterprise changes and software.
“UGS brings to Saab Aerosystems the industry’s best-of-breed software and services along with our PLM project experience and our expertise as the market leader in the aerospace and defense industries,” said Arie van Essen, vice president of UGS’ Nordic operation. “Cutting edge-technologies such as Teamcenter help facilitate international collaboration and joint ventures, and should help Saab continue to expand their leading position in the world market.”
Teamcenter is a proven portfolio of configurable lifecycle domain and industry software solutions, uniting product knowledge with process innovation to deliver business value throughout the product lifecycle. Teamcenter leads the PLM industry with digital product development, engineering data management and enterprise process management solutions that deliver fast time-to-value.
Saab is one of the world’s leading high-technology companies, with its main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The Group covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems integration. Saab has the world as its market, but research, development and production are carried out principally in Sweden. The Group has a total of approximately 13,000 employees. Total annual sales are SEK 17,250 million. Research and development corresponds to about 20 per cent of turnover. More information is available atwww.saab.se
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. 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.
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