Next-generation Technology Reduces Operations and Maintenance, Boosts Engineering EfficiencyHUNTSVILLE, Ala.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 11, 2006— Building on its strong presence in the gas provider market, Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) today announced that Air Liquide has selected Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise solution to run its global engineering operations.
Air Liquide is the world leader in producing industrial and medical gas and doing related services, supplying oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and other gases in over 70 countries.
SmartPlant Enterprise exploits engineering value across the enterprise by integrating with ERP and other non-engineering systems. The result is a new, technology-enabled business model - the engineering enterprise. It improves engineering procurement contractor (EPC) productivity initially, and later in the lifecycle reduces operations and maintenance costs by making change management engineering information readily available to operations and maintenance plant personnel.
Pilot implementations of SmartPlant Enterprise will be conducted in Air Liquide engineering centers in France and the United States. The overall deployment will then be extended to the company's centers in China, Japan and India.
"Intergraph's solutions have already shown their strength in streamlining processes and improving design efficiency at our engineering centers. We expect that Intergraph's next generation of products, SmartPlant, will further improve on those efficiencies," said Francisco Martins, Vice President, Air Liquide Worldwide Engineering. "Air Liquide has long been committed to technological innovation. By standardizing on Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise engineering and management software across our operations worldwide, we can reduce total costs, while driving productivity and competitiveness."
Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph's Process, Power and Marine division commented, "The adoption and success of Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise by Air Liquide and many other leading global organizations is a clear validation of the competitive advantage that our software solutions are providing to the market as it moves to the next level of productivity."
The contract includes SmartPlant 3D, SmartPlant Electrical, SmartPlant Explorer, SmartPlant Foundation, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Review, SmartSketch, MARIAN Materials Management Solution and services related to implementation and integration with new products.
Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
About Air Liquide
Present in more than 70 countries, Air Liquide is the world leader industrial and medical gases and related services. The Group offers innovative solutions based on constantly enhanced technologies. These solutions, which are consistent with Air Liquide's commitment to sustainable development, help to protect life and enable our customers to manufacture many indispensable everyday products. Founded in 1902, Air Liquide has nearly 36,000 employees. The Group has successfully developed a long-term relationship with its shareholders built on trust and transparency and guided by the principles of corporate governance. Since the publication of its first consolidated financial statements in 1971, Air Liquide has posted strong and steady earnings growth. Sales in 2005 totaled 10,435 million euros, with sales outside France accounting for almost 80 percent. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices (ISIN code FR 0000120073).
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