General Motors Corporation

General Motors Corporation

May 03, 2005 16:44 ET

Alias To Strengthen General Motors' Design Centers





MAY 3, 2005 - 16:44 ET

Alias To Strengthen General Motors' Design Centers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2005) -

Alias Professional Services To Help General Motors Achieve Design

Alias® announced that it has broadened its strategic relationship with
General Motors (NYSE:GM). Alias will provide General Motors Design
Centers with professional services and solutions including process
development, commercial software engineering, onsite support, Alias
StudioTools™ software, software maintenance and Alias
PortfolioWall® software, a design collaboration tool.

This expanded role will be evident in all GM Design Centers, including
those located in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Australia and Asia
Pacific. These centers work on designs of all GM Brands.

Global Strategic Partnership

"We have used Alias StudioTools technology in our Design Centers for
nearly two decades and have worked closely with Alias to develop and
enhance the features and functionality critical to our design process,"
said Terry Kline, Global Product Development Process Information
Officer, GM Information Systems & Services (IS&S). "Alias has become a
major contributor to the success of our design visualization and
workflow efforts, enabling our teams in concept design and technical
surfacing to work faster and more efficiently, with more emphasis on
design than software applications. Their increased involvement
represents a significant step forward in our partnership, and will be
extremely important in keeping GM at the forefront of vehicle design."

Doug Walker, president of Alias, said: "This increased involvement with
GM, our longest standing customer, is a prime example of how Alias can
partner with companies to increase their competitive advantage and bring
better products to market faster. Alias will not only deliver
significant, ongoing technology enhancements but also provide knowledge
and expertise in developing best practices and processes. This expanded
direction will better help GM advance its business opportunities and
build its position as a world automotive leader."

Alias Strengthens Global Design at GM

GM is taking aggressive efforts to leverage the combined creative
talents of its designers worldwide, essentially building one virtual
global design center. Alias' increased involvement will be seen in
several projects, including optimizing the operation and management of
design collaboration and visualization, data quality assurance, 3D data
evaluation, and overall workflow enhancements. For example, Alias is
providing PortfolioWall software for use in GM Design Centers all over
the world. PortfolioWall is a leading edge collaboration tool that is an
integral component in the management review process, simplifying the
organization and interactive presentation of designs and helping
executives and managers to more easily review work in progress.

To meet GM's specific needs, Alias will also make enhancements to Alias
AutoStudio™ software, part of the Alias StudioTools family, which has
been used by GM since 1985 as its standard conceptual design, 3D
modeling and rendering software. The accelerated development work will
link AutoStudio with UGS®CAD and Product Data Management (PDM)
processes by allowing GM designers and sculptors to access engineering
data from a centralized, global source.

About Alias Professional Services

To remain competitive in today's markets, customers continuously demand
faster turnaround times, lower costs and higher quality. Alias
Professional Services can deliver on those needs every step along the
way. Alias Professional Services include Custom Engineering, Renderfarm
Services, Product Data Management Integration, Onsite Support, Skills
Assessment, Benchmarking, Training and many other services tailored to
the specific needs of varied customers in the design and entertainment

About GM

General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM), the world's largest automaker, has been
the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today
employs about 324,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing
operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries.
In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent
and the second-highest total in the company's history. GM's global
headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More
information on GM can be found at

About Alias

As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias
develops award-winning software, custom development and training
solutions for the automotive, industrial design and visualization
markets and film and video, games, web, interactive media and education
markets. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to
advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and
training, support, and professional services help meet rigorous
production deadlines.

The company's design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford,
General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Kwikset, Mattel, Price
Pfister, Renault, Rollerblade, Sharp, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex.

Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542
in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern
Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East &
Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; Italy, 39 039 6340011, France, Spain
and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific,
81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.

(C)2005 Alias Systems Corp. ("Alias"). All rights reserved. Alias, the
swirl logo and Portfolio Wall are registered trademarks and StudioTools,
the StudioTools logo and AutoStudio are trademarks of Alias in the
United States and/or other countries. General Motors and GM are
registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. UGS, NX, and I-deas
are registered trademarks or trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries
in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks
mentioned are the property of their respective owners. Alias, 210 King
Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1J7, Tel: 416-362-9181, Fax:

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Contact Information

    Press contact:
    Donna Teggart, Director, Global Communications
    (416) 874-8592