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Peugeot S.A. signs a 3-year contract for 1,300 CATIA licenses.

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 1997--IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY) announced that the Peugeot S.A. Group (PSA) has signed a license and support contract to equip up to 1,300 user stations for an initial period of three years, confirming Peugeot's confidence in CATIA Version 4 Solutions.

PSA has been using CATIA since 1984 and in 1994, chose CATIA Solutions Version 4 as the new generation system for their Electric Vehicle Mechanics and Design subsidiary. They are currently used on over 800 workstations for design, assembly, re-assembly, drafting and scaling, analysis, digital control, circuit layout, and electrical equipment and network locations.

This choice has underlined PSA's desire to standardize on CATIA in all the Electric Vehicle Mechanics and Design subsidiaries activities and processes. This contract will dramatically increase the number of operational licenses, and the new technology and features it brings will benefit PSA's design, production method, manufacturing and after-sales activities.

"We are very happy to have signed this contract which will accelerate our end-to-end use of computer definition and simulation of the Product-Process-Production means chain," announced Bernard Girard, Director of Advanced Technology Policy at PSA Peugeot-Citrokn. "In our heterogeneous Scientific Calculation - CAD-CAM environment which consists of Dassault Systemes CATIA V 4 and Computervision's CADDS 5, we will benefit from the new features and be able to intensify our use of virtual mock-ups and thus reduce product development cycle times."

"We are very enthusiastic about the new basis of our partnership with PSA Group," commented Eric Leveugle, Director of the IBM ETS/France agency. "This choice underlines CATIA's capacity to support full integration of industrial processes, which is what our customers demand. It also consolidates our position as the CAD-CAM market leader in the automotive industry."

"We work in close partnership with PSA on technical issues. Both our companies share the same vision of a 100% digital end-to-end process. Thanks to CATIA, the different departments within PSA can now share the same methods, know-how and technology. Our solutions provide them with the facility to view the entire program at any time, thus enabling them to fully appreciate the impact of the decisions they take and, thus, optimally manage risk," explained Etienne Droit, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dassault Systemes.

The PSA group, which includes the Peugeot and Citrokn is the largest French automotive manufacturer and the third largest automotive manufacturer in Europe. It produces approximately 1.9 million vehicles per year, two thirds of which are exported to 150 different markets world-wide. Its sales network incorporates some 22,000 points of sale, and it is the largest exporter in France with a turnover in excess of 164 billion French Francs. Its competition successes in the Paris-Dakar rally, the off-road World Rally Cup, the Le Mans 24 hour race and Formula 1 with the Jordan team to name but a few, serve to underline the importance of its R&D efforts, as a result of which, PSA is able to provide the users of its vehicles with cutting edge technology developed and perfected by its own engineers.

CATIA-CADAM Solutions Version 4 offers unique solutions for the integrated development of products and industrial processes and the optimization of team work. Its evolutionary architecture allows it to grow with its users and the very latest applications to be integrated to provide maximum task optimization. CATIA(a) and CADAM(b) are developed by Dassault Systemes and are sold and supported throughout the world by IBM. With over 9,000 customers, Dassault Systemes software dominates the CAD/CAM/CAE market. Most of the largest industrial companies including IBM, and some of the smallest with one or two stations, benefit from its excellent design quality and thereby gain that vital competitive edge.

For more information on CATIA-CADAM solutions, visit the CATIA web site on: http//

(a) CATIA is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes S.A. (b) CADAM is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes of America.

CAD/CAM - Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing.

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