CENIT, CS and PROSTEP combine their “Application services” competence for EADS

New cooperation operates under the name of CenProCS AIRliance GmbH

Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Paris – January 28th 2008 – The creation of a strong partner network and technological innovations are amongst the highest challenges for EADS in the coming years. An increasing importance is attached to the coordination of research, engineering and manufacturing within the extended enterprise and the corporate strategy. To address these EADS challenges, three leading consultancy and software companies, specialists in development for industrial solutions and Product Lifecycle Management; CS Communication & Systèmes, CENIT AG and PROSTEP AG, have now formed a joint venture. The cooperation operates under the name CenProCS AIRliance GmbH.

Through this joint venture, CenProCS AIRliance can optimally support the increasing innovation speed within the EADS group and adapt its technology portfolio to the business strategy of EADS.

The three companies forming the consortium work for one common goal: propose EADS solutions adapted to its stakes. The cooperation offers the chance for all three companies to participate in major projects and thus also to strengthen and expand their own partner status as an official strategic IT service partner. Today the three companies achieve a revenue of over €30 mio. with the EADS Group and work in parallel for numerous suppliers and OEMs in the international aerospace industry.

CenProCS AIRliance expertise include Project Management, Engineering and Manufacturing services, Product Lifecycle Management including Product Data Management, CAx and DMU technologies, Virtual Reality and Digital Factory solutions. This extensive portfolio is complemented by innovative software and service solutions developed using the most state of the art software programming tools.

The consortium features "Special Expertise" by propagating technological and expert know-how into the aerospace supply chain. Consultancy and software solutions are complemented with Application Management Outsourcing and special software development capabilities.

"The benefits for EADS and Airbus are significant. The industry leader can now access proven know-how and expertise of all three companies through one singular contractual partner," explains Dr. Bernd Pätzold, Member of the Executive Board at PROSTEP AG.
„The consortium leads to additional economic advantages since it incorporates international and thus also transnational solutions and services, " adds Daniel Abehsera, COO of CS.
Kurt Bengel, Member of the CENIT Executive Board, agrees and underlines: „Together, we can guarantee a global and efficient service and software quality. Through the cooperation, we can now render services for EADS in Germany, France, Spain, the UK, the US, in India and Romania. A significant competitive advantage for all participants."

CENIT is an internationally operating consulting company with more than 600 employees. The company's business fields are Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Content Management and Application Management Outsourcing.
In 2006, CENIT achieved a revenue of €82.2. mio. CENIT business focus is set on Product Lifecycle Management consultancy and software solutions for manufacturing industries. PLM Consultancy services facilitate the representation of product lifecycle through innovative technologies such as CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA and mySAP PLM. Additionally, CENIT offers software development and Application Management services. Besides international corporations such as BMW, Daimler, EADS AIRBUS, Audi etc., CENIT's customer base also includes numerous medium-sized companies from the automotive and manufacturing industry, as e.g. Dürr, ISE, Emil Bucher or Webasto.

Designer, Integrator and operator of mission critical systems, CS provides to its customers in France, Europe and around the world with operations in defense and security, aeronautics, space, energy, transportation,. In 2006 CS reached revenue of €331 Mio with a workforce of 3,200 employees.
CS has a unique position, sustained by three key competitive advantages: 1- Prime contractor of complex, high-value projects, 2- integration and a comprehensive vision of customers entire value chain and 3- innovation and teamwork in the interest of successful change strategies for high performance and technology.
As a prime contractor and operator on large, complex projects, CS relies on its centers of technological excellence in order to meet the high-stakes challenges of its customers: simulation & virtual reality, embedded systems, information system security, safety and continuity of operations, technical information systems (PLM, EDM, GIS, and others), , freeware, and software & system engineering.

PROSTEP AG is recognized as the leading PLM integration specialist in the area of product data integration. The company offers its customers - leading enterprises active worldwide - integration solutions for CAD, PDM and supplier communication, thus making e-engineering a reality. PROSTEP AG and its subsidiaries have a current headcount of more than 270 in Germany, France and the USA. It posted revenues of EUR 21.7 million in fiscal 2006. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP AG also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Bexbach, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Wuppertal, as well as Lyon (France) and Troy (Michigan, USA).

More Information:

CENIT AG Systemhaus

Att. Fabian Rau
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E-Mail : info@cenit.de


Att. Joachim Christ
Dolivostraße 11,
D-64293 Darmstadt
Tél. : +49 6151 9287 0
Fax. : +49 6151 9287 326
E-Mail : info@prostep.com
CS Communication & Systèmes
Att. Barbara Goarant
22, avenue Galilée
F-92350 Le Plessis Robinson
Tél. : +33-1-
E-Mail : barbara.goarant@c-s.fr