PLANO, Texas -- EDS today announced Wescast Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: WCST; TSE: WCS.A) has selected Teamcenter Automotive Supplier software from EDS PLM Solutions as its product lifecycle management (PLM) platform. Terms of the agre ement were not disclosed. The worlds largest supplier of cast exhaust manifolds for passenger cars a nd light trucks, Wescast designs, develops, manufactures and machines high-quali ty iron exhaust manifolds for global automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Wescast will deploy Teamcenter Automotive Supplier to manage its produ ct development workflow, including design activities, approvals and change proce sses; document management and distribution; 3D visualization and enterprise desi gn collaboration. We need to be extremely efficient and able to quickly react to changing en vironments within our industry, said Vice President, Tim Armstrong, Wescas t Industries, Quality and Information Systems. To achieve these objective s, its important to make product information readily accessible to everyon e in our design-to-manufacture process. Teamcenter Automotive Supplier software provides capabilities that are tai lored to automotive supplier data, processes and standards and will significantl y enable us to comply with the increasingly complex requirements in our product development environment, Armstrong said. The bottom line is bette r efficiencies and lower associated costs.
The Solution Teamcenter Automotive Supplier is an out-of-the-box software solution that is ta ilored specifically to the processes, terminology, workflows and functional orga nizations of automotive suppliers. The Teamcenter components of multi-system co mputer-aided-design (CAD) management, single BOM management, configuration manag ement, lightweight 3D visualization and document control are all configured to e asily facilitate the implementation of the system, and get it upand running very quickly. Teamcenter Automotive Supplier is aligned with AIAG&# 146;s Advanced Quality Planning (AQP) practices and is also CMII change-process compliant. It is crucial for automotive suppliers to be able to function in a manner that is consistent with a virtual enterprise, said Pat Kruse, president, E DS PLM Solutions Americas Operations. We have developed Teamcenter Automo tive Supplier to meet automotive suppliers needs in a way that is easy to deploy, and enables these companies to achieve a fast time-to-value. The out-of -the-box functionality in Teamcenter will enable Wescast to rapidly implement th e solution to specific programs for increased product quality and improved achie vement of their business objectives.
About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the wor lds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their cus tomers trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management c onsulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies an d governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. T he companys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Note to editors: Teamcenter is a trademark of EDS or its subsidiaries in the Un ited States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.