February 13, 2006

China's DNS extends its use of AVEVA solutions

China's Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry (DNS) has signed a contract with AVEVA Group plc (LSE:AVV) extending its application of AVEVA's marine solutions for both its shipbuilding and offshore businesses. Additionally, AVEVA will provide professional training and onsite consulting services to DNS to ensure efficient and optimized utilization of AVEVA's software.

Mr Ma Yande, Deputy Chief Engineer and Director of the Design Division at DNS, said: "DNS regards AVEVA as a long-term strategic partner that is committed to providing continuous quality service and proven solutions that will contribute to the growth of DNS. AVEVA's Marine solution will help elevate DNS's capacity to meet our ever-growing design workload that results from escalating orders for new vessels and offshore projects. With this implementation, DNS will be able to extend its building capability by shortening delivery time. Improvements in production efficiency enable us to operate with accurate production information, welding data, and increased competency in assembly planning and execution."

AVEVA recently established a China Marine Division.

"I believe our new China Marine Division has both the knowledge and experience in the marine industry to deliver highly skilled personnel to service DNS and other clients," says Peter Finch, President of AVEVA Asia Pacific. We were able to offer solutions that deliver tangible benefits and help our customers meet their business objectives. It has always been our aim to create long-term partnerships which support our clients by helping them build competitive advantage."

Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (DNS) is the largest and most modern shipbuilding enterprise within China Shipbuilding Industrial Corporation (CSIC). Its shipyard covers an area of 1.16 million square meters. DNS has been designated as a shipbuilding export base with state-of-the-art production lines that have the capability to build and repair ships of up to 300,000 dwt class as well as major offshore and marine products. The yard is designed to meet the world's most advanced technological standards.

DNS has a team of technical personnel that are divided into two main divisions: the Ship Design & Research Institute, which is supported by 280 designers, and the Technology & Planning Division.

On December 9, 2005, DNS merged with Dalian Shipyard, which is also an AVEVA client and has achieved significant success of implementing AVEVA Marine Solution for its first project 76,000 product oil tank, both for Hull and Outfit design.

By applying AVEVA Marine Solution, it also achieved completion of both hull design and outfit design at the same time,--a milestone in the development of the shipyard.