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Freudenberg-NOK and Aras to Present on Product Development for Lean Manufacturing at CPDA Conference

Leading Automotive Supplier Explains Approach and How Aras Supports Lean Strategy

LAWRENCE, MASS. - September 22, 2005 - Aras Corporation, a premier provider of enterprise product development software solutions for performance driven companies, today announced that Marc Lind, Aras vice president, and Tomas Gill, Freudenberg-NOK director, will deliver a presentation on Product Development for Lean Manufacturing at the Collaborative Product Development Associates' [CPDA] upcoming PLM Road Map™ 2005 conference. The annual CPDA conference is a leading strategic event for product development and engineering professionals.

The conference will be held on September 28 - 29, 2005 at The Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Mr. Lind and Mr. Gill will present on Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 am eastern. The session will cover product development strategies for Lean Manufacturing and the approach Freudenberg-NOK has taken in achieving success.

Businesses are increasingly recognizing that in order to realize the full benefits of a Lean strategy a number of considerations must be taken into account during the development of new products. Forward thinking companies, such as Freudenberg-NOK, are addressing the issues with a combination of processes and methods supported by information technology delivered by Aras to automate competitive practices and attain new levels of operational excellence.

"Companies are realizing that for a Lean Manufacturing and Lean Supply Chain strategy to be effective many of the key decisions are made during product development," explains Lind. "We understand the issues and considerations associated with preparing new products for a Lean Manufacturing environment and deliver solutions to support those processes."

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation delivers practical, affordable product development software solutions for performance driven companies. Product engineering, quality planning, and program management solutions provide a process-oriented approach to product lifecycle management [PLM] helping companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, ensure new product margins, and shorten development cycles. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft® .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily at a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand and ACCO Swingline. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 691-8900 or visit