General Motors Selects VISTAGY Seat Design Environment Software to Reduce Trim Cover Development Time

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General Motors Selects VISTAGY Seat Design Environment™ Software to Reduce Trim Cover Development Time

VISTAGY’s Seat Design Environment will enable GM to realize significant savings and provide upfront cost certainty for seat trim covers on a worldwide basis

WALTHAM, MA, (USA), February 4, 2008 — VISTAGY, Inc., a leading global provider of specialized engineering software, today announced that General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has purchased VISTAGY Seat Design Environment™ (SDE) for use in its engineering operations. GM anticipates that SDE will enable it to substantially reduce seat trim development time and obtain cost feedback earlier in the design process. VISTAGY’s SDE complements GM’s single CAD system strategy because it seamlessly integrates with the company’s CAD system of choice, Siemens NX.

Given today’s market pressures, engineers strive to obtain design feedback and manufacturing cost information early in the development process to ensure final seats meet specifications and deadlines. The SDE addresses these needs by enabling engineers working within a CAD system to easily create a single, complete 3D virtual product master model that can be used to automatically generate the data needed to document and manufacture a seat trim cover.

This single master CAD model helps engineers more efficiently share design detail across teams, obtain instant feedback on constantly changing design and cost data, and automatically generate critical design and manufacturing documentation. As a result, OEMs and suppliers reduce their reliance on physical prototyping and improve manufacturing accuracy while reducing seat delivery time by months.

“VISTAGY’s SDE software will enable us to increase the efficiency and control of our engineering and prototyping processes,” said Ralf Eidt, global business leader of Fabrics and Trim Covers at GM.

“SDE is a very intuitive product to use,” said Hartwig Gaertner, (Bill of Materials) BOM Family Owner, Trim Covers at GM. “Our trim engineers, who had little exposure to the CAD system, were up and running on SDE in a few short days. Within 2-3 weeks they were able to create the seat cover flat patterns and the design and manufacturing data needed for cutting and sewing driver, passenger and back row seats.”

“We’re pleased to be working with one of the world’s leading automotive companies to help them enhance their seat trim processes,” said Ed Bernardon, vice president of business development for VISTAGY. “SDE is well suited to help seat manufacturers shorten and improve their design-to-manufacturing processes, which is so important given today’s competitive pricing environment. We look forward to working with GM to ensure that they reach their objectives for efficient design and manufacture of the most cost-effective seats possible.”

About General Motors
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.

VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of engineering software that enhances the functionality of commercial 3D CAD systems. For almost 20 years, VISTAGY has developed, sold and supported solutions that enable engineers to capture complete virtual product definitions, facilitating automatic reuse of engineering information and efficient communication across the enterprise and supply chain. VISTAGY software increases productivity, improves communication throughout the product lifecycle, and enables better-informed decision-making earlier in the design process. Our customers include over 200 of the world’s leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, transportation interiors and wind energy industries. VISTAGY is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA and can be reached at +1.781.250.6800 or by visiting
“VISTAGY. Engineer success.”™
VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


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