Piaggio Taps PTC for Design Assistance

Italy’s Piaggio & C. S.p.A. has selected the Product Development Company’s (PTC) Product Development System (PDS) as its standard solution for product development for all Piaggio brands, including Piaggio, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Derbi.
PTC, Needham, Mass., provides 3D design, product data management and collaboration solutions to over 1,400 vehicle manufacturers and aprts suppliers, including three of the top five automotive OEMs.
Piaggio plans to use PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER as the single CAD/CAM/CAE solution for the entire product design process, including engine, body and chassis design. In addition, all the company’s divisions will move from Pro/INTRALINK to Windchill PDMLink to provide a single, Web-based product development platform for the extended enterprise.
Piaggio says a key objective is to maximize the reusability of components to help speed time-to-market and lower development cost. PTC says PDS should allow Piaggio to achieve its objectives by enabling effective and fast collaboration and information sharing among research & development centers in Italy, Spain, India and China with more than 700 engineers.
”For Piaggio group, research & development is of strategic importance to ensure our future growth by developing high-tech driven products such as our current initiative on vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells,” said Federico Martini, technical manager at Piaggio. “The PTC Product Development System supports our corporate policy of structured processes which ensure continuous improvements through simultaneous global engineering. By standardizing on a market-leading technology, we are strengthening our competitive position in the two wheel vehicle market, where speed and flexibility are essential for success.”

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