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
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
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
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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