Dassault Systèmes Acquires Virtools

Paris, France, July 26, 2005 – Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that it has acquired Paris-based Virtools SA (...) for approximately 12 million euros.

Virtools’ comprehensive software solutions enable companies to give life to 3D by creating applications with rich game-like 3D interactivity. Virtools has many production customers in industrial design, marketing, 3D web-based CRM applications, and multimedia applications as well as in video game development. Customers include Procter & Gamble, L'Oréal, Microsoft Game Studio, Electronic Arts, PSA Peugeot Citroen, and EADS.

“We chose Virtools several years ago to build our 3D real-time interactive applications, such as spatial mission experiences and the virtual cockpit,” said Nicolas Chevassus, Corporate Research Center, EADS. “The combination of Virtools and Dassault Systèmes reinforces our strategic partnership.”

With this acquisition, DS is adding to its R&D force a core team of expert pioneers in 3D Interactivity. Virtools brings to DS breakthrough technologies that will accelerate the use of 3D for all types of real-time, interactive consumer applications on the web. As a development platform, Virtools provides next-generation solutions for developing highly realistic 3D experiences with “game-like” interactivity, as well as distributing and running 3D applications on the web. These solutions range from browser-based applications to large-scale 3D visualizations.

“The visionary R&D team at Virtools will be an immediate asset to DS as we execute our strategy of democratizing 3D,” said Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “By combining our assets, we will deliver the next-generation 3D platform that will enable a wide range of users to imagine, share, and experience in 3D.”

“I am delighted that Dassault Systèmes has chosen Virtools as a foundation of its 3D democratization strategy,” said Bertrand Duplat, founder and CTO of Virtools. “We share the vision of market convergence with DS for extended use of interactive 3D.”

“I look forward to the contribution that Virtools will bring to Dassault Systèmes,” said Hervé Yahi, CEO of Virtools. “We will continue to serve our customers and will enhance and improve support worldwide.”
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About Virtools
Virtools, whose majority stake was held by Ventech and CDC Entreprises Innovation, was formed in 1993 with consulting and services targeting the VR sector. With the needs of this and other key markets in mind, Virtools built the company's initial software solution, Virtools Dev. As an Independent Software Vendor since mid 1999, Virtools has become the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building highly interactive 3D content. With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games, along with applications in the fields of industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia. Virtools clients include industry leaders such as Procter & Gamble, EDF, EADS, CEA, PSA Peugeot Citroen, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, US Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks, Arte TV and L'Oréal, as well as major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Microïds, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studio, Warner Bros Online, Blue Fang Games and Ubisoft. Virtools' strategic partners include Barco, Orad, HP, Intersense, Ascension Technologies, Advanced Realtime Tracking, Microsoft, and Sony. For more information, visit http://www.virtools.com

About Dassault Systèmes
As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com


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