HEXAGON AND DASSAULT SYSTEMES FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE Hexagon's software company, Wilcox Associates Inc. has announced an agreement with Dassault Systemes, Paris, France, that allows Wilcox to develop and offer a Direct CAD Interface(TM) (DCI) between its PC- DMIS(TM) measurement and inspection software and the CATIA Version 5 CAD system. For the customer this new interface will give an automatic transition from the design in the CAD system to PC-DMIS, which eliminates the risk of translation errors. This improves part programming accuracy and reduces programming time. The agreement allows Hexagon to offer the same access to CAD tools in CATIA Version 5 as it does in CATIA Version 4, Solidworks, Unigraphics, ProEngineer, and IDEAs. PC-DMIS software is available on all Hexagon Metrology Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) including Brown & Sharpe, DEA, Leitz, and CE Johansson. It has also been adapted to easy upgrading of other manufacturers' CMMs. For further information, please contact: Ola Rollén Ken Woodbine President & C.E.O. Director of Sales and Marketing Hexagon AB Wilcox Associates Inc. Tel: +46 (0)8 601 26 20 Tel: +1 847 343 3599 Hexagon AB is a multinational engineering group with the long-term ambition of positioning itself as number one or number two within its strategic sectors. The operation is divided into three business areas: Hexagon Automation, Hexagon Engineering and Hexagon Metrology. The group's targets are to increase earnings per share after tax by at least 15 per cent p.a., and achieve a return on capital employed higher than 15 per cent over the business cycle. Current turnover amounts to more than 7 GSEK p.a.