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GNATUS Revolutionizes Dental Equipment With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systemes.

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RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2001

Looking for new ways to revolutionize the dental equipment industry, Gnatus announced today that is has selected CATIA Version 5 (V5) and TeamPDM from IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) to build its new product lifecycle management (PLM) environment for increased quality and value of dental equipment for its customers.

Gnatus, a leading supplier of complex engineered dental equipment and components, had grown to the point where its current computer-aided-design (CAD) solution lacked the scalability to be integrated across multiple departments. To enable further advancement, they sought after a solution that could help streamline their systems and processes and increase productivity, as well as support market expansion for their products, both immediately and into the future.

After a five-month evaluation, Gnatus selected CATIA and TeamPDM for its fitting and simulation capabilities, field support and maintenance, and its advanced knowledgeware capabilities. Gnatus now expects to see major advancements in product design management, as well as in the quality and performance of its products.

Gnatus's PLM environment will provide a large reduction in their invisible costs, including a decrease in the technical operational interaction between digital and real mockup, less design errors, a reduction in the costs related to technical assistance, and better utilization and evaluation of raw materials used in the product.

"CATIA and TeamPDM'd ease-of-use, data compatibility and seamless flow of data throughout the organization made these solutions very attractive to us," emphasized Carlos Rodrigues, IT Manager, Gnatus. "In addition, our product lifecycle management environment gives us the capability to see major cost reductions, increased product development and the opportunity to use the Internet to integrate with our worldwide partners."

Gnatus will use its PLM environment and the Internet to interface with suppliers, as well as their technicians in the field, from assembly to maintenance. Gnatus will link their enterprise resource planning system, from Datasul Inc., an Atlanta-based software company, to CATIA in an effort to create a more collaborative environment.

"A product lifecycle management environment allows a company to unleash its creativity," stated Geoffrey Rogers, marketing manager, Americas, IBM Product Lifecycle Management. "E-collaboration fosters a reduction in development times and a reduction in costs, leading to an increase in productivity, an increase in quality, an increase in innovation, and a keener sense of how to better serve the customer."

In six months, the CATIA V5 and TeamPDM system was up and running on IBM IntelliStation's Windows 2000 and NT. Training was conducted on-site for three month by Tecmes, an IBM PLM Business Partner.

"CATIA, TeamPDM and the product lifecycle environment will give Gnatus the power to revolutionize their industry and to grow into the future," said Marcelo Lemos, President of Dassault Systemes of America. "Growing with them, the system will continue to allow Gnatus to optimize the quality and performance of their products -- faster and easier."

About Gnatus

Gnatus ( http://www.gnatus.com.br ) is a leading supplier of highly engineered dental equipment and components. It is based in Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil. Gnatus produces Dental units, Dental chairs, Water units, X ray equipment, scalers, compressors, auto-clave, amalgamators and more. Mr. Joao Padula Nomeline, started the company in 1976. The name Gnatus is derived from "gnathos" that means "jaw" in Greek. Today GNATUS exports to over 75 different countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Oceania.

About Tecmes

As an Advanced CATIA Business Partner in Brazil, executing CATIA support, training and consulting, TECMES helps many manufacturing companies make the most of their enterprise systems. TECMES has recently designed a DFS/CATIA solution for a major provider of engineering services for aerospace / car assembly plants. TECMES has been working with all CATIA segmens, as automotive (OEM, 1st Tier, 2nd Tier), aerospace, consumer goods and machinery industries. Information about TECMES is available at http://www.tecmes.com.br

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Sales & Distribution, which supports more than a dozen key industries worldwide, works with companies of all sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com

About Dassault Systemes

Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) is the premier global software developer for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, providing companies with e-business solutions to implement their digital enterprise, thus creating and simulating the entire product life cycle from initial concept to product in service. CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA solutions support industry-specific business processes to help unleash creativity and innovation, reduce development cycle time, improve quality, competitiveness and shareholder value: CATIA supports the digital product definition and simulation, DELMIA provides solutions to define and simulate lean digital manufacturing processes and ENOVIA delivers enterprise solutions that manage a comprehensive, collaborative and distributed model of the digital product, processes and resources. The combined integration creates the Digital Product life cycle Pipeline, supporting reuse of corporate knowledge. SolidWorks and SmarTeam, as Dassault Systemes companies, offer respectively 3D design-centric and TeamPDM software solutions based on Windows. Spatial, also part of Dassault Systemes family, is a market-leading provider of world-class 3D software components and services (for 3D modelling, visualization, and interoperability) to meet the requirements of 3D in Internet-based e-commerce and B2B applications. Information about Dassault Systemes is available at http://www.dsweb.com
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