SOURCE: Arena Solutions

March 05, 2008 08:00 ET

Nordic Windpower Adopts Arena PLM to Accelerate Rollout of Advanced Turbines in the U.S. and Abroad

Innovative Two-Bladed Wind Turbines Cost Less and Are More Reliable, Helping Drive Down Consumer Costs and Expand Renewable Energy Use to Protect the Environment

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that Nordic Windpower Ltd. has implemented Arena PLM to accelerate the domestic and international rollout of its advanced two-bladed utility-scale wind turbines, helping countries meet their green energy needs and protect the environment. The company will rely upon Arena PLM to help it hit product launch goals, ensure product data integrity, and collaborate with its contract manufacturing partners around the world.

"Electricity generation is one of the largest industrial polluters, so we're trying to make clean, sustainable wind power a more viable alternative by bringing down the cost. Because our wind turbines respond to load flexibly, rather than rigidly, they are more reliable and require less maintenance than three-bladed models. They weigh less, so they also cost less to produce, and by using Arena PLM, we'll be able to further reduce our costs from design through manufacturing. Arena PLM streamlines processes and eliminates potentially costly errors before they occur. We pass these lower costs onto our customers," said Greg Mead, vice president of manufacturing and operations at Nordic Windpower. "Using Arena PLM means virtually no support costs, which allows us to stay focused on taking wind power technology to the next level, ultimately expanding the production, distribution and global use of wind-based renewable energy."

Nordic Windpower selected Arena PLM over other competitive options for its cost, capabilities and on-demand (SaaS) delivery model. Arena PLM can be implemented without increasing headcount, IT expenses, or other operating costs. By using Arena's unique free trial program, Nordic Windpower quickly realized that Arena PLM is faster, easier and less expensive to deploy than traditional software options. Since all customer data is hosted by Arena and protected by the same type of high-powered security system used by major financial institutions, Nordic Windpower can focus on delivering innovative new turbines to their customers rather than costly IT maintenance.

"We're pleased to stand behind companies like Nordic Windpower who are not only bringing innovative technologies to market, but reducing negative impact on the earth," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer at Arena Solutions. "By using on-demand Arena PLM to manage critical information, Nordic Windpower will lower its dependence on email, telephone conversations, and spreadsheets, ultimately reducing errors. As an emerging company, it will be more effective in meeting its goals of delivering product to market on time and on budget."

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand (SaaS) product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, collaboration and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start-IT Magazine's "Hottest" Companies and Top 50 Manufacturing Technologies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.arenasolutions.com.

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