PLANO, Texas and COLOGNE, Germany -- UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle ma nagement (PLM) subsidiary of EDS, today announced MTU Aero Engines -- Germany 46;s leading aircraft engine manufacturer and an international driving force in the development, manufacturing and maintenance of aircraft engines for civil and military aviation -- has awarded it its largest-ever contract in Europe. Under the 15.2 million (US$19 million) contract, MTU Aero Engines has sele cted UGS PLM Solutions as its new technology partner for product lifecycle manag ement (PLM) and has standardized on Teamcenter®, the worlds most widel y used suite of PLM solutions, as its PLM backbone for global collaboration. As we transform from a subsidiary business of EDS to operating more indepe ndently, this milestone contract symbolizes the momentum UGS PLM Solutions is en joying in its space, said Tony Affuso, president and CEO of UGS PLM Soluti ons. Through this agreement, we look forward to leveraging our entreprene urial roots as a software company for the benefit of MTU Aero Engines.
Managing Information through Teamcenter
As part of the project titled Product Lifecycle Management MTU Aero Engine s (PLM2), the company will optimize its processes and workflows worldwide on the Teamcenter solution suite from UGS PLM Solutions, enabling more efficient and simplified access to product-related data and documents and thus harmonizin g its IT system environment. The PLM solution at MTU Aero Engines will cover the management of more than 10 m illion documents, elements and objects accessed by more than 5,000 users. A num ber of legacy systems will be replaced, while the remaining applications will in tegrate into the new system. Integrated applications include UGS PLM Solutions&# 146; Unigraphics® NX along with CATIA from Dassault Systemes, SAP and Micros oft Office. Our systems are effective by themselves but they lack optimuminteraction, says Erwin Pignitter, vice president information management a t MTU Aero Engines. To take a big step forward in this matter, we must de velop and implement new software which will harmonize the diverse system landsca pe. Equally important is the chance to enhance our processes. In its attempt to clean up its system landscape, MTU Aero Engines chose UGS PLM Solutions as the single provider for both software and services. As an innovator in its industry, MTU Aero Engines decided to invest in thi s project now -- despite difficult economic times -- thanks in part to a process analysis showing significant potential for productivity improvements, sai d Georg Wessels, president of UGS PLM Solutions Germany. UGS PLM Solutions brings to MTU Aero Engines the industrys best of breed software and servi ces along with our global PLM project experience and our expertise as the market leader in the aerospace and defense industries. Cutting edge technologies such as these help facilitate international collaborations and joint ventures, and s hould help them continue to expand their leading position in the world market.&# 148;
Teamcenter, the worlds most widely used product data management solution, is a scalable, integrated solution that allows manufacturers to design new produ cts in a communication environment that enables geographically distributed data sharing for product lifecycle data. Based on open standards, Teamcenter integra tes with each customers existing IT investment -- and the systems of partn ers and suppliers -- further supporting rapid implementation and adoption throug hout the extended enterprise. Teamcenter brings together the collective knowledge and insight of the enterpris e in an open, collaborative environment, so clients can make smarter product-rel ated decisions that lead to better and more cost-effective products. Teamcenter creates an intellectual asset management environment that elevates knowledge as a corporate asset, uniting prod uct knowledge with process innovation to deliver business value throughout the p roduct lifecycle.
About MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines develops, manufactures and provides service support for aircra ft engines, military and civil alike. Its customers are manufacturers and opera tors of engines and industrial gas turbines across the world. They appreciate t he expertise, background and reliability which MTU Aero Engines utilises to sati sfy their exact requirements. The quality and reliability which characterize th e company’s products and services, as well as its regional presence in many part s of the world, make MTU Aero Engines a preferred partner to customers worldwide . MTU Aero Engines operates affiliates across the globe. With its 8,400 employ ees and 2.2 billion euros in fiscal 2002 revenues, it is Germany’s largest engin e manufacturer and ranks among the major players in the industry. It is also th e world’s largest provider of independent commercial engine services. In the mi litary arena, MTU Aero Engines is the leading German company for practically all aircraft engines flown by the Bundeswehr. Technologically among the leaders in the business, early this year the company won the 2002 Innovation Award of Germ an Industry for an innovative high-pressure compressor it developed. For more i nformation, visit
About UGS PLM Solutions
UGS PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and produc t design software and services with 41,000 clients and more than 2.6 million sea ts of technology operating in the market, is the product lifecycle management (P LM) subsidiary of EDS. The company works collaboratively with its clients to cr eate solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus b egin to capture the promise of PLM. The integration of the former operations of companies including Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Engineering Animation Inc. (EAI) and UGS, UGS PLM Solutions has created some of the leading design, collaboration and product data management technologies that ultimately formed the foundation of the PLM industry. Today, the company is a f amily of one, building on three decades of leadership in continuing to be a pion eer in PLM. For more information on UGS PLM Solutions products and services, vi sit
EDS, the worlds most experienced outsourcing services company, delivers su perior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the worlds leading high-value management consultancies, and UGS PLM Solutions , a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software . With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the
Fortune 500. The companys stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London st ock exchanges. Note: Teamcenter and Unigraphics are registered trademarks of UGS PLM Solutions Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective h olders. The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, includin g statements regarding the amount of new contract values, are forward-looking st atements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond EDS’ cont rol, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For information concerning these risks and uncert ainties, see EDS’ most recent Form 10-Q. EDS disclaims any intention or obligati on to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of ne w information, future events or otherwise.