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Leading Slovenian automotive supplier CIMOS will simplify design and maximize collaboration by standardizing Product Lifecycle Management solution in three countries

Paris, France and Koper, Slovenia, June 3, 2003 IBM and Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the signing of a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) contract with CIMOS, a leading automotive supplier specializing in powertrain, brake and car body parts. The IBM PLM solution, with CATIA® V5 software from Dassault Systèmes for collaborative product development, will enable CIMOS to standardize its product development platform.

With a prestigious customer portfolio including Audi, BMW, Citroën, Ford, Peugeot and Toyota CIMOS will benefit from improved collaborative product development leading to reduced product design time by 15 to 20 per cent. The solution will be deployed company-wide, including four research and
development facilities in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This implementation underscores CIMOS' recent decision to standardize with a PLM solution from one supplier exclusively.

"We wanted to standardize on one system to simplify our environment and minimize our training, so that people would be up to speed as quickly as possible," said CIMOS IT Specialist Davorka Vilus Vicic. "We found CATIA V5 easy to use, offering transparency to V4 data and proposing new
functionalities such as Digital Mock-up and Kinematics that are just what we need. We also found out that we could implement it across many locations simultaneously. Overall, we see great potential in many areas for this mixed CATIA V4 and V5 environment of over 70 seats. We expect our partners and suppliers to follow us by using it as well."

"For more than 20 years, Dassault Systèmes has provided the manufacturing industry with the world's most powerful engineering design and data management solutions," said Etienne Droit, executive vice president, Sales and Services, Dassault Systèmes. "The decision by CIMOS to standardize its
entire product development organization on our CATIA V5 solution is another endorsement of the strength of our products in the automotive sector."

IBM Business Partner CadCam Design Centar will install the solution.


CIMOS, the leader in the Slovenian Automotive Cluster, was founded in 1972 and is Slovenia's leading designer and manufacturer of automotive parts, such as auxiliary braking systems, pedal systems, gearshift mechanisms and engine parts. CIMOS's customers include well-known automotive
manufacturers such as Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, Ford, Audi and Toyota as well as automotive system suppliers such as Garrett Honeywell, Meritor, GKN and ZF. CIMOS is based in Koper, Slovenia, and has eleven production facilities in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as four
research and development facilities. Find out more at

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About Dassault Systèmes
As world leader in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 65,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to retirement. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SMARTEAM), general-use 3D solutions (SolidWorks), and 3D components (SPATIAL). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext
Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

CIMOS Press Contact
Davorka Vilus Vicic
T:+386 5 66 58 380

IBM Press Contact:
Jennifer Feller
T: +33 1 41 88 61 89

Dassault Systèmes Press Contact
Anthony Maréchal
T: +33 1 55 49 84 21

Investor Contacts:
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Financial Dynamics
T:+44 207 831 3113

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+44 (0)20 7298 7070
+44 (0)870 242 8323

Company Contacts

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+ 331 41 88 61 89

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