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CSI Integrates HyperWorks Simulation Tools into Its Automotive Product Development Process

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CSI’s Automotive Department uses HyperWorks technology for crash test simulation

TROY, Mich., July 14, 2008 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower innovation and decision-making, today announced that CSI, S.p.A. - one of Europe’s leading suppliers of testing, engineering development support, and certification services - has added Altair’s HyperWorks simulation platform to its automotive product development process. CSI’s recently expanded Automotive Department will use the HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology suite to increase its focus on virtual and performance engineering. The company plans to improve its entire development cycle by creating a close relationship between simulation and physical testing.

“We recently made the decision to integrate CAE into our development process and looked at the available tools to see which best suited our needs,” said Fausto Mozzarelli, Head of Engineering Division, CSI-Italy. “One reason we chose HyperWorks was that we feel very comfortable with the combination of Altair tools we can use for Crashworthiness and Occupant Safety simulation. HyperMesh, RADIOSS and HyperView are a perfect match for our requirements. They are also used by many of our major customers, which helps to sustain the reliability of data and models while eliminating any danger of data loss.”

“Another reason for choosing HyperWorks was the platform’s open architecture and the availability of other Altair and partner tools under the same licensing system. We feel this will give us opportunities to apply CAE methods to other areas such as durability and NVH. HyperWorks is a valuable toolset that will enable efficient product development and help us to reach our targeted performance,” he concludes.

“We are very pleased to welcome CSI as a valued customer,” said Cosimo Panetta, Managing Director, Altair Engineering, Italy. “Consulting companies that have a diverse client base like CSI’s can really take advantage of all that the HyperWorks suite offers. Our flexible licensing system, open architecture, and new HyperWorks-enabled partner program help them get the most out of their investment in CAE tools.”

About CSI S.p.A. (Engineering and Certification Institute)

CSI S.p.A. (IMQ group) is a privately held Italian company and one of Europe’s leading service suppliers for testing, engineering development support and certification in different business areas. The principal fields of activity concerning automotive are: 1) Crashworthiness and Occupant Safety: Sled testing, full-scale crash testing, occupant safety (OOP certification), restraint systems development 2) Strength and Dynamic Performance: Vehicle endurance (four-poster), vehicle dynamics (seven-poster), NVH (semi-anechoic chamber AWD rollers and four-poster in climatic chamber), vehicle component testing, and component fatigue tests under varied temperature/humidity ambient conditions. CSI services are performed in accordance with EEC, ECE, FMVSS (USA) and TRIASS (Japan) standards. The company also provides full EEC and FMVSS (USA) certification for automobiles and components under turnkey contract. CSI is fully recognized by the FIA commission for certification of after-market products in accordance with FIA regulations (i.e. F1 formula, SR1 formula, SR2 formula, etc.). More information about CSI can be obtained by contacting Mr. Henry Gutman, Marketing Manager-Automotive, henrygutman@csi-spa.com, or can be found at: www.csi-spa.com.

About Altair

Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of information. Privately held with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record of profitable growth and innovation, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Built on a foundation of design optimization, performance data management, and process automation, HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture solution in the industry, HyperWorks includes best-in-class modeling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear, non-linear and structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction, and multi-body dynamics applications. For more information, visit www.altairhyperworks.com.

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