HERZLIA, Israel – September 20, 2004 – Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:TCNO), the driving force in manufacturing process management (MPM), today announced that the General Machinery & Special Vehicle Headquarters (GMSV HQ) of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., one of the world’s leading heavy machinery manufacturers, will deploy eMPower solutions from Tecnomatix in Japan. MHI’s GMSV HQ group manufactures and sells large- and middle-sized diesel engines, electrical power generators and engines for sea vessels. The contract, valued at approximately $400,000, includes licenses for and support of the Tecnomatix eM-Machining and eM-RealNC products. eM-Machining will help MHI design such processes as operation and tool selection, allocation and line balancing – based on skilled engineers’ know-how. eM-RealNC will simulate complete workspaces, including machine tools, workpieces and fixtures. The combination of eM-Machining and eM-RealNC will enable MHI to improve the efficiency of its process preparation, accelerate ramp-up times and decrease problems through the generation of Numeric Control (NC) tool paths and verification of interference and cycle times. MHI’s GMSV HQ group will use eM-Machining and eM-RealNC from Tecnomatix to complement its engineers’ skills with advanced technology for the most efficient manufacturing processes. It aims to reduce production preparation time and decrease back-end process problems, production costs and capital investment–while shortening time-to market. “We have been aspiring to fully optimize our production planning processes, with the ultimate goal of streamlining production operations overall and providing our customers with the best products available,” said Tokushi Koumaru, production engineering manager of MHI’s GMSV HQ group. “In order to achieve that goal, we are in the process of establishing a ‘3D CAD Manufacturing Consistency Support System.’ We feel confident that we will realize a real collaborative production environment by integrating eM-Machining and eM-RealNC into that new system.” “Today’s customer-driven business environment demands that companies like MHI perform at new levels of speed, customization and collaboration,” said Jaron Lotan, president and chief executive officer of Tecnomatix Technologies. “Flexibility is a critical component in these companies’ strategies to accommodate increasing numbers of product variants and fluctuating demand, and eMPower is providing manufacturers the necessary tools to remain competitive in this evolving business landscape.”
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading global heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated sales of $21.3 billion in fiscal 2003 (year ended March 31, 2004). MHI’s diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, steel structures, power plants, chemical plants, steel plants, environmental equipment, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website (http://www.mhi.co.jp).