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Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. Selects MSC.Software Solutions to Optimize Product Design

The Worldwide Leading Material Handling Solutions Manufacturer Relies on SimXpert to Develop Rugged, Durable and Reliable Equipment for the European Market

MSC Software Corporation, a leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. has chosen SimXpert with MD Nastran for the modeling and analysis of chassis components and forklift truck body frames for customized material handling equipment.

Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. (TIESA), a TICO Group company located in Ancenis, France, providing optimized materials handling solutions, is relying on the wealth of know-how and experience accumulated over many years of operation for the design of a wide range of advanced Toyota brand products. Due to market growth in Europe and the need for equipment design customization for European customers, the engineering department of Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. needed to develop its own competency in CAE modeling and analysis. They want to be able to quickly address specific customer requirements, and to demonstrate local expertise and skills in design and optimization.

“Through MSC.Software’s simulation technology, we are able to optimize complex welded body frames by running structural analysis and validating real-world behavior of the forklift before doing any physical prototypes,” said Jean-Francois Ferron, Engineering Manager at Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. “This helps us optimize product durability so we can offer high quality, customized and innovative equipment to our clients.”

“We are very proud that Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. has selected our software solutions for advanced modeling and simulation of their materials handling solutions,” said Kais Bouchiba, Senior Vice-President EMEA at MSC.Software. “Our solutions meet their mandatory criteria which included CATIA interoperability, ease of use, and affordability. We are convinced that MSC’s CAE Solutions will help Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. design even better and innovative products in a cost effective manner.”

About Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A.

Toyota Industry Corporation (TICO) is the world leader in material handling and ranked 31st in Fortune magazine’s 2008 list of the world’s most admired corporations. TICO’s materials handling activities are concentrated within the Toyota Material Handling Group. The Toyota Industrial Equipment S.A. (TIESA) manufacturing facility is located in Ancenis, France. It produces counterbalance forklifts for the European market. The facility covers 35,000 m2 and employs 300 people. It produces both internal combustion engine and electric powered forklifts with a capacity of 1.5 to 5.0 tonnes. Along with the manufacturing plant, TIESA also has a spare parts distribution centre. This division provides our European customers with more than 20,000 spare parts.

About MSC.Software

MSC.Software is the worldwide leader of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC.Software is a global company with offices in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software’s products and services, please visit

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