Jan 26, 2005

Aegis Europe Appoints New VAR in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

Cheltenham, UK – Aegis Industrial Software (Europe) Limited, a leader in manufacturing productivity software systems for global electronics assemblers, has announced the appointment of Herbert Schmidt GmbH as its principal reseller for Central Europe. Herbert Schmidt GmbH will now represent two significant software products, C-Link from Digitaltest, a best-in-class Electrical Test program generation suite, and Aegis CircuitCAM and CheckPoint which form part of Aegis New Product Introduction suite for SMT program generation and document creation and delivery. The company will also market Aegis Manufacturing Execution suite covering product and materials tracking, quality with statistical process controls, electronic sign-off and full level-four traceability.

The senior management team of Herbert Schmidt GmbH - Herbert Schmidt (president) and Wolfgang Reuber (vice president) - has several decades of experience in the distribution of solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry with a strong commitment to customer support. Prior, the company had a controlling interest in Fabmaster S.A., the international vendor of CIM (computer integrated manufacturing) software quoted on the Paris New Market, up until its acquisition by Tecnomatix Technologies (NASDAQ: TCNO).

Commenting on the new partnership, Herbert Schmidt said, “We are very excited about working with Aegis in this territory. We first spoke to them at Apex 2004 and have been following their progress very closely, the power of their NPI suite is remarkable and the MES suite is leading the field with apparently no comparable products on the market. I am hearing of more companies that say they have not realised the benefits of previous investments due to product confusion after supplier acquisitions. This is a real shame but provides great potential for Herbert Schmidt GmbH offering industry proven solutions based on scalability, integration, superior technology and service.”

Peter Clegg, director of European business development at Aegis, said “I have known Herbert for sometime and have been impressed by his previous successes and so am delighted he has decided to represent Aegis in this very important European territory. Peter Bongartz is Aegis’ local German-speaking applications specialist, and will support Herbert Schmidt GmbH with full product sales assistance. We also expect to have our German software product translations completed within the next months. This high level of local support coupled with the excellence of Herbert Schmidt’s sales and marketing and Aegis best-in-class products is the right approach for the demanding German, Swiss and Austrian markets.”

“In Europe we are seeing a great interest in all our solutions. Customers are always looking for successful ways in which to optimise all the business and process intelligence that exists in most factories, in order to launch new products quickly, set up lines correctly, continuously improve quality and view/access in real-time,” Peter Clegg added. “Product genealogy and traceability are also important issues for lead-free manufacturing in Europe.”

For additional information contact:

Deb Geiger
VP, Global Marketing
Phone: +1 215.773.3571 x 1106
Email: [email protected]