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Nemak to Deploy Aras for Enterprise PLM and APQP Compliance

Aras Provides Flexibility for the Automation of Competitive Practices While Maintaining Compliance with Automotive Industry Standards

TROY, MICH. - April 28, 2004 - Aras Corporation, a provider of practical Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced at the fourth annual AUTOe Conference in Troy, MI that Monterrey, Mexico based NEMAK, the largest aluminum automotive-component foundry manufacturer in the world, has selected Aras for PLM and APQP process automation.

"NEMAK achieves market leadership through innovation and continuous improvement requiring constant enhancement of our business practices," emphasized Alejandro Valdez, Product Engineering & CDT Operations Manager. "The ability to modify the Aras solution without programming means that we can quickly and cost effectively improve our processes to capitalize on business opportunities."

NEMAK is automating business critical processes for product and manufacturing process definition including tooling and asset selection by tailoring the Aras solution to fit competitive practices. The management of product, process, and plant-related information online will improve communication with customers and suppliers as well as increase coordination and control throughout NEMAK's global manufacturing facilities.

The Aras solution supports NEMAK's proprietary product development and launch processes in adherence with the automotive industry's Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) program management methodology and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). Aras provides status updates and metrics on costs, quality, and schedules in accordance with specific automotive customer requirements for APQP/PPAP, and manages engineering changes with workflow for improved cycle time efficiencies. Resource loading and capacity planning for project personnel provide improved accuracy for program planning.

"We entered into our PLM selection process with a long list of requirements, including product data management, engineering change management, project control and oversight, cost management and APQP compliance," said Victor C. Moreno, PLM Project Manager at NEMAK. "We chose Aras because of demonstrated strength in both PLM and the automotive requirements, and because the flexibility of the solution allowed us to easily adapt it to our proprietary competitive processes while remaining compliant to industry standards."

Based on a next-generation model-based service architecture the Aras Innovator TM framework provides customers with unparalleled flexibility to modify applications without programming driving rapid results and a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership than conventional enterprise systems.

"Aras is pleased to work with such a respected industry leader as NEMAK," said Rick Lucier, CEO of Aras Corporation. "By combining PLM with APQP and PPAP in a flexible, integrated framework we help NEMAK streamline business operations and provide them with enterprise applications that are practical and affordable in addition to being powerful."

NEMAK is the leading supplier of aluminum cylinder head and block castings to the automotive industry for the production of internal combustion engines. NEMAK is committed to industry leadership through a combination of innovative practices and aggressive cost management. NEMAK utilizes an advanced Product Development System to deliver new products in record time while achieving industry benchmark quality and cost levels through highly sophisticated manufacturing processes. NEMAK continues to extend competitive advantage through continuous process improvement and develops new technologies to create better customer value. For additional information visit

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation is a provider of practical and affordable enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. Aras PLM is an engineering and manufacturing business solution with comprehensive ready-to-use functionality that addresses the rigorous requirements of discrete manufacturing operations. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is based on a next-generation model-based service architecture that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily without programming delivering a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand, and the U.S. Army. Aras is a privately held company headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 794-7643 or visit