ESI Group : Renault and ESI Group sign a framework agreement for strategic collaboration

  ESI Group : Renault and ESI Group sign a framework agreement for strategic

              To accelerate innovation with Virtual Prototyping

Paris, France - May 16, 2013  - ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading  solution 
provider inVirtual  Prototypingfor  manufacturing  industries,  announces  the 
signature of a framework collaboration agreement with Renault.

The agreement aims at supporting Renault's new strategic plan "Renault 2016  - 
Drive the Change", founded on Renault's ambition to make sustainable  mobility 
accessible to all. The  industrial challenge Renault faces  is to improve  the 
quality of  its  vehicles,  while  lowering  prices  and  complying  with  new 
regulations aimed  at reducing  their environmental  impact, especially  CO[2] 
emissions. This translates  into a compelling  need to accelerate  innovation, 
necessitating the  introduction  of  new materials  and  processes  that  have 
impacts that must be evaluated and tested quickly and reliably.

To this  aim, as  well as  to  generally enhance  the processes  that  support 
innovation,  Renault  has  implemented  a  Virtual  Prototyping   methodology. 
Different from  traditional  CAE  methods, Virtual  Prototyping  helps  assess 
numerous options rapidly;  eliminating the  need for  physical prototypes  and 
providing  a  powerful  decision-making  tool  that  enlarges  the  field   of 
innovative  possibilities   and  accelerates   the  identification   of   high 
value-added innovations.

Renault started using ESI solutions in the early 90's, to perform accurate and
predictive manufacturing simulations and conduct virtual performance tests  on 
its vehicles, prior to real tests.

In 2011, following the  signature of a framework  agreement for licences  with 
ESI, Renault then adopted ESI's Virtual Performance Solution (VPS).  Providing 
performance engineering and  optimization across  multiple domains,  including 
crash, impact and  occupant safety,  as well  as interior  acoustics and  seat 
prototyping, VPS  works  on a  single  core model  and  as a  single  software 
solution. Using  VPS,  Renault  teams  are  able  to  predict  the  effect  of 
manufacturing processes and material properties on a product's performance and
replace the need for  physical prototypes; saving cost  and time and  assuring 
the quality of their products.

Over the past years, Renault and ESI's co-creative approach has given birth to
some  of  ESI's  commercially  available  software  solutions,  including  its 
passenger comfort software suite, now part of Virtual Seat Solution. Aimed  at 
providing end-to-end  Virtual Prototyping  for  seats, this  solution  enables 
engineers to perform  multi-domain simulations related  to seat  manufacturing 
and  performance,   and  provides   a  basis   for  optimizing   seat   design 
collaboratively using a single core model.

The  framework  collaboration  agreement  between  Renault  and  ESI  aims  to 
strengthen the  existing  relationship  and  bring  an  increasing  number  of 
opportunities for further co-creation around ESI solutions.

Alain de  Rouvray, ESI  Group's Chairman  and CEO,  affirms "ESI  will aim  at 
providing solutions leading Renault to go beyond their standard objectives and
to implement  disruptive  innovations.  By  helping  Renault  meet  its  cost, 
performance, lead times,  and most  importantly, its  innovation targets,  ESI 
will  demonstrate  the  value  of  its  co-creative  approach  in   delivering 
substantial, tangible gains in competitiveness."

Jean Loup HUET,  Director of  Engineering Performance and  Methods at  Renault 
adds, "Renault  is  pleased  to  strengthen  its  collaboration  with  ESI,  a 
strategic partner for  end-to-end Virtual Prototyping.  In alignment with  our 
corporate strategy, our close  collaboration with ESI  will enable Renault  to 
anticipate the  needs for  new  technologies, and  to proactively  manage  the 
innovations required to supply the competitive global automotive markets."

About ESI Group   
ESI is a pioneer and world-leading provider in Virtual Prototyping that  takes 
into account the physics of materials. ESI boasts a unique know-how in Virtual
Product   Engineering,   based   on   an   integrated   suite   of   coherent, 
industry-oriented applications. Addressing  manufacturing industries,  Virtual 
Product Engineering  aims  to  replace physical  prototypes  by  realistically 
simulating a product's behavior during  testing, to fine-tune fabrication  and 
assembly processes  in accordance  with desired  product performance,  and  to 
evaluate the  impact on  product use  under normal  or accidental  conditions. 
ESI's solutions  fit into  a  single collaborative  and open  environment  for 
End-to-End Virtual Prototyping. These solutions are delivered using the latest
technologies, including immersive Virtual Reality,  to bring products to  life 
in  3D;  helping  customers  make  the  right  decisions  throughout   product 
development. The company  employs about 950  high-level specialists  worldwide 
covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of  NYSE 
Euronext Paris.

About Renault
The Renault group, present in  118 countries, designs, develops,  manufactures 
and sells  passenger cars  and light  commercial vehicles  under the  Renault, 
Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands. To meet the new challenges facing the
automotive industry,  both environmental  and economic,  Renault is  improving 
existing technologies  with new  generations of  carbon-efficient engines  and 
implementing its breakthrough 'Zero  Emissions' programme. Renault has  rolled 
out a zero-emission range featuring Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. (launched  in 
2011), Twizy (an innovative urban quadricycle  released in 2012) and ZOE  (due 
to go on  sale in  spring 2013).  The range  brings innovation  to the  widest 
possible motoring public. With its partner Nissan, Renault is targeting  world 
leadership in the mass marketing of zero-emission vehicles.

 Alain de Rouvray, CEO, ESI Group and Jean Loup HUET, Director of Performance
     and Engineering Methods at Renault, January 24, 2013, at the Renault
                   Technocenter in Guyancourt, near Paris.

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