Feb 9, 2011

VISTAGY and Siemens PLM Software Enhance Partnership to Meet Growing Demand for Composites Engineering Solutions

Industry Leaders Working to Meet Needs of Customers in Aerospace, Wind Energy, Automotive and Marine with Integrated FiberSIM® and NX Solution.

VISTAGY, Inc and Siemens PLM Software today announced a significant upgrade and long-term extension to their partnership designed to meet the rapidly growing composite engineering and PLM needs of their customers. The new agreement, announced at the AERO INDIA 2011 international air show, results in an improved ability to meet market demand with an end-to-end composites engineering solution based on VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® and Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software.

“The combined superiority of VISTAGY’s FiberSIM and Siemens PLM Software’s NX enables us to leverage the full value of composite materials,” said Dr. Gursel Erarslanoglu, the manager of Structure Engineering for Turkish Aerospace Industry’s Integrated Aircraft Group. “Their integrated, production-proven solutions, vast experience in optimizing processes for developing composite aerostructures, industry expertise and excellent support were key factors in our decision to select them. We have a high degree of confidence in this integrated solution.”

The agreement being announced today enables the companies to support the needs of customers across the entire PLM space, from design to manufacturing, by providing for increased levels of integration between FiberSIM, NX and other Siemens PLM Software solutions. Additional provisions for joint sales and marketing activity also facilitate awareness, distribution and support of the integrated offering to ensure customer success and satisfaction.

“As one of the most important and fastest growing areas of product development, the discipline of composite engineering has become vital to industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine and the rapidly developing field of wind energy,” said Dick Slansky, senior analyst for PLM, ARC Advisory Group. “The combination of Siemens PLM Software’s NX and VISTAGY’s FiberSIM creates a strong solution for composite design, analysis and manufacturing capabilities within the PLM process and establishes a complete solution that will provide their customers with the tools they need for designing with composite materials.”

The continuing rise in the use of composite materials in products, such as aircraft jet engines, automobiles, marine products and wind turbine blades, is a result of their impressive and increasing strength to weight ratio. Lighter weight equates to better efficiency in a wide variety of areas, including energy usage, performance and cost control. The development and manufacturability of composite materials has remained a highly specialized area. Highly trained individuals use focused technology solutions and procedures that are coordinated throughout the traditional design, analysis and manufacturing process.

By extending their joint expertise in PLM, product development and composite engineering, Siemens PLM Software and VISTAGY are delivering an integrated offering that helps significantly enhance the ability of customers to perform the design, analysis and manufacture of composites within the PLM process. The solution combines NX, one of the world’s most advanced computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) solutions, with FiberSIM, a leading software for composites engineering. By strengthening the integration between these two offerings, Siemens PLM Software and VISTAGY are able to help their customers work more efficiently with tools tailored to their specific needs and improve their decision making when designing composite products. As a result, the solution helps companies produce better performing, higher quality products, in less time and at lower cost.

“Our enhanced agreement and strong partnership with Siemens PLM Software enables both companies to increase the value we create for our customers,” said Steve Luby, president and CEO of VISTAGY. “With FiberSIM, customers address the entire composites engineering process, from conception, laminate definition and ply creation through simulation, documentation and manufacturing. By combining that unique capability with the power and functional breadth of NX, as well as the highly respected PLM credentials of Siemens PLM Software, we are extending the ability of both organizations to deliver the benefits of an integrated composite engineering solution to all the industries we serve.”

“By creating a stronger partnership with VISTAGY, we are continuing our strategy of working with the industry’s leading solution providers to constantly improve the value we deliver to our customers,” said Joan Hirsch, vice president of Product Design Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. “With its strong customer base and expertise in composite engineering solutions, VISTAGY is a valued partner, and their FiberSIM solution an ideal complement to NX and the rest of our suite of PLM software.”