Renault and ESI Group Sign a Framework Agreement for Strategic Collaboration

Renault and ESI Group Sign a Framework Agreement for Strategic Collaboration 
To Accelerate Innovation With Virtual Prototyping 
PARIS -- (Marketwired) -- 05/16/13 --   ESI Group, pioneer and
world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for
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 CO2 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.  
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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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