2013-09-19 18:03:02 -
Recognizing MECAS ESI's long standing merits in
supporting the Czech Automotive Industry
Paris, France - September 19, 2013 - ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading
solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, is proud
to announce that MECAS ESI, the Czech subsidiary of the group, has been awarded
"Company of the Year" by the Czech Automotive Association, AutoSAP.
Founded in 1989, the Automotive Industry Association (AIA) represents the
interests of the Czech ground transportation manufacturers, their suppliers,
other companies and institutions involved in the Czech automotive industry.
On September 4, 2013, in Prague, Vladimir Volák, member of AutoSAP's Steering
Committee and Zdenek Novak,
Internal Relations Manager, Deputy Director of
AutoSAP, jointly delivered the "Company of the Year" award to Karel Lunacek, COO
of MECAS ESI.
This award highlights the contribution of ESI to the successful development of
the Czech automotive industry during the past two decades. ESI Group started
collaborating with leading Czech carmaker ŠKODA as early as the mid 90's;
supporting the fine-tuning of the crash performance of the first generation
ŠKODA Octavia. These were the first industrial scale crash simulations performed
in the Czech Republic.
In the following years, ESI started working with the Czech Vehicle Research
Center and several of ŠKODA's suppliers, including the design company Swell and
the engineering services branch of Evektor. ESI also initiated long-standing
relationships with highly regarded Czech Universities such as the University of
West Bohemia in Pilsen, and the Technical University of Liberec.
In 2001, ESI acquired its Czech distributor, Mecas, and created the local
subsidiary MECAS ESI, based in Pilsen. This new entity became responsible for
the development of the Group in the whole of Eastern Europe.
Initially focusing on crash performance, ESI's work in the Czech Republic soon
included stamping simulations, enabling material properties and the chained
effects of manufacturing processes to be taken into account when building
Virtual Prototypes. From this start, MECAS ESI progressively expanded the scope
of their competencies, which now include advanced CFD (Computational Fluid
Dynamics) simulation services.
Today, strengthened by collaborative work, the Czech Automotive industry has
gained global competitiveness and delivers cars rated amongst the safest in the
world. Indeed, the crash performance of ŠKODA's vehicles have been rated 5 stars
at EuroNCAP several years in a row and attest to the success of the Czech
Image: Vladimir Volák, member of AutoSAP's Steering Committee (center), Zdenek
Novak, Internal Relations Manager, Deputy Director of AutoSAP (right), and Karel
Lunacek, COO of MECAS ESI (left) at the award ceremony held in Prague on
September 4, 2013.
About ESI Group
ESI is a pioneer and world-leading provider in Virtual Prototyping that takes
into account the physics of materials. ESI boasts a unique know-how in Virtual
Product Engineering, based on an integrated suite of coherent, industry-oriented
applications. Addressing manufacturing industries, Virtual Product Engineering
aims to replace physical prototypes by realistically simulating a product's
behavior during testing, to fine-tune fabrication and assembly processes in
accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the impact on
product use under normal or accidental conditions. ESI's solutions fit into a
single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping.
These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive
Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the
right decisions throughout product development. The company employs about 1000
high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 40 countries. ESI Group is
listed in compartment C of NYSE Euronext Paris.
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