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ESI Group Announces Keynote Speakers for EuroPAM 2008.

Industry-Leading Simulation Experts from Skoda Auto, Nissan and Renault Lend Support to Growing Importance of Simulation-Based Design

PARIS -- ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310)(Paris:ESI), a pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today its keynote speakers and theme for its EuroPAM 2008 user conference. Designed specifically for ESI customers, EuroPAM 2008 provides a unique forum for experienced ESI users to share their expertise in designing better quality products and reducing time-to-market with ESI Group's industry-leading simulation software products.

EuroPAM 2008 takes place on May 29-30, 2008, at the Congress Centre DIPLOMAT in Prague, Czech Republic. Attendees include experts, senior practitioners and decision-makers representing the automotive, aerospace, marine, energy, casting, and other manufacturing industries, as well as leading European academic institutions.

The theme of this year's EuroPAM conference is "Get it Right the First Time with Simulation-Based Design." As the traditional boundaries around numerical simulation continue to expand with ever-increasing improvements in computing power, revolutionary results in both design performance and economic benefits can be achieved. "ESI Group is leading the charge in the evolution from Simulation-Driven Design, which combines the virtual and the real world, to Simulation-Based Design, where end-to-end product design and manufacturing simulations are calibrated on data independent from and prior to the first real prototype," said Alain de Rouvray, Chairman and CEO of ESI Group. "ESI is ushering in a bold, new era in Virtual Product Development and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) aimed at helping design engineers 'Get it Right the First Time'. By allowing all essential design and manufacturing decisions to be made concurrently, ahead of the hardware tooling and prototyping stage, Simulation-Based Design lets customers experience design performance improvements and economic benefits on a scale never before possible," he continued.

EuroPAM 2008 features parallel tracks in the areas of Performance Evaluation and Manufacturing Simulation. Industry leaders will present and share ideas on best practices surrounding a wide variety of applications, and ESI management and experts will present on the latest product features and benefits. This collaboration will lead to an exploration of the challenges and successes experienced by both in 'Getting it Right the First Time."

"EuroPAM is a prestigious and renowned conference," said Michal Kalinsky, Senior CAD/FEA expert from TuV Sud Auto CZ Ltd. "We've partnered with ESI in the area of non-linear FEM simulations for over ten years. We're looking forward to learning more about the 'next big thing' in PLM at EuroPAM 2008," he added.

Keynote speakers for EuroPAM 2008 are scheduled to include

* Milos Safr, Head of FEM Simulations of Skoda Auto a.s., Skoda Auto

* Daniel O. Kim, Senior Project Engineer, Nissan Technical Center, North America

* Andre Barbe, General Manager, vehicle acoustic synthesis, Renault France

For more information about EuroPAM 2008 and to register for the event, please visit http://www.esi-group.com/EuroPAM2008.

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier and pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to realistically simulate a product's behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment's impact on product performance. ESI Group's offer represents a unique collaborative solution with an open virtual engineering environment known as the Virtual Try-Out Space, enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner while eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company employs over 700 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

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