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ESI Group acquires L3P

17 August 2001

ESI Group, provider of virtual prototyping and manufacturing solutions, has acquired the Canadian company L3P, an expert in manufacturing simulation of injection into composite material reinforcements.

The acquisition of LP3 was fuelled by the complementary nature of the two companies in their expertise of manufacture and design of materials and composite structures. LCMFLOT, the software product of L3P, simulates the manufacturing process using the injection of resin in fibrous reinforcements, such as RTM (Resin Transfer Molding). LCMFLOT will be incorporated in the ""composites design and manufacturing"" value chain, thus completing ESI Group's software portfolio which already includes PAM-FORM for forming of composites and plastics, SYSPLY for designing composite products, PAM-SHOCK and PAM-CRASH for shock and crash testing.

LCMFLOT optimizes the injection process, as it allows determination of the number of injection gates and their positions. It also enables the prediction of forces transmitted, thus improving the tooling process and reducing production lead-times. LCMFLOT can be used in the aeronautics industry to simulate the manufacture of wing parts, fuselage panels and rotors; and in the automobile industry for bodywork pieces and composite floorings.

This acquisition enables ESI Group to reinforce its unique position as a preferred supplier of simulation software in the high growth sectors such as aeronautics and aerospace (Dassault Aviation, Snecma, Bell Helicopter Textron), as well as new sectors undergoing full expansion such as automotive, building and public works, consumer goods, particularly sports equipment.

""ESI Group's acquisition of L3P perpetuates the research projects undertaken by EADS Research Center"", states Serge Maison-Le Poëc, Head of the Composite Structures Engineering Department at EADS.

""The integration of LCMFLOT into our product suite enables us to offer an extended composites value chain to our customers, from design right through to production, taking into account the specifications of the numerous production processes, such as the draping effect on mold filling"", emphasizes Fouad El Khaldi, Director of ESI Group's Virtual Manufacturing Product Line.





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