Eurocopter and IGE+XAO sign a strategic partnership agreement.

Marignane/Toulouse, France – February 3rd, 2005

Three years after the EADS contract and two years after the implementation of IGE+XAO's SEE Electrical Expert, the Eurocopter Group (Germany, France and Spain) has decided to work with IGE+XAO in order to optimize the overall electrical process during the entire lifecycle of the helicopters manufacturing.

IGE+XAO (EURONEXT Paris: NextEconomy FR0000030827 FTSE 977) will provide its overall software offer, from the equipment definition to the automatic generation of harnesses and wiring diagrams. The overall configuration will be handled by an integrated electrical database.

The Eurocopter Group will invest more than 1,5 million Euros over two years in IGE+XAO's software and services. In addition to the financial investments, the two groups form a true partnership in order to share their experience and expertise. Their common objective is to improve the operations related to the electrical installations lifecycle management.

"This partnership will allow Eurocopter to significantly improve our CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) operations and to become "Best-in-class". "We are very impatient to work with IGE+XAO and implement their Electrical PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solution," says Georges-Eric Moufle, Eurocopter's Project Manager and CAM Manager.

"This partnership will allow Eurocopter to implement an electrical process that will significantly improve quality and reactivity when installing the systems in our helicopters. But it will above all ensure process and resources homogeneity across the Eurocopter worldwide network" says Gérard Goninet, General Manager of the Eurocopter Group Electrical Competence Center.Eurocopter "and thus become the reference in the aeronautics market."

As for Alain Di Crescenzo, Chairman and CEO of the IGE+XAO Group his comments are: "This contract with Eurocopter, worldwide leader on its market, emphasizes our position as a key player in the world of Computer-Aided Design dedicated to Electrical installations (Electrical CAD). Dynamism, productivity improvement and innovation are the pillars of this strong added value partnership."


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