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HyperXtrude Improves Die Design and Optimizes Forming Processes at Constellium, France

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Producer of innovative aluminium products gains competitive advantages by using Altair’s forming software solution, HyperXtrude

TROY, Mich., February 6, 2013 – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Constellium, a global leader in the design and manufacture of aluminium technologies, is now using HyperXtrude, Altair’s engineering simulation environment for the optimization of extrusion processes and die designs, to support the development of its extrusion business.

Constellium extrudes aluminium alloys for a wide range of applications in various markets, such as the aerospace, automotive and rail industries. Constellium’s research center is world-renowned in aluminium metallurgy innovations and offers its skills to the entire company. Its major focus is the support of the growth of the company’s businesses through the design and development of such innovative aluminium-based solutions and processes as melting, casting, recycling, extrusion, rolling and finishing.

“We have decided to use HyperXtrude, the dedicated software in the HyperWorks Suite for the simulation of the extrusion process, because it offers a robust solver and a user-friendly graphical interface,” said Mehdi Ben Tahar, R&D extrusion engineer at Constellium. “Considering what is available in the market, Altair’s software environment is one of the most efficient solutions in terms of CPU time. Moreover, the close contact we have with the Altair support and development teams is of great advantage for us."

“We are pleased to see Constellium using HyperWorks and especially HyperXtrude to such an extent and are happy to know that it helps to improve the company’s die design and forming processes,” said Mauro Guglielminotti, director of Southern Europe and Africa and managing director of Altair, France. “HyperXtrude offers the right features to address the complex requirements for the simulation of metal extrusion. The ability to optimize the forming processes prior to production leads to materials savings, increased tool life and maximized economic utilization of the equipment.”

Altair HyperXtrude is an advanced solver for manufacturing process simulations and validations. Highly robust, accurate and easy to use, HyperXtrude provides the best and well customized simulation solutions for metal extrusion, polymer extrusion, billet forging, friction stir welding, metal rolling, and resin transfer molding. As the pioneering technology in manufacturing process simulation, HyperXtrude accurately simulates the material flow and heat transfer during manufacturing processes allowing the users to significantly reduce die design time and costly die tryouts. Its feature rich environment provides value and usefulness to all levels of users from shop floor engineers, analysts, to researchers.

About Constellium
Constellium, formerly Alcan Engineered Products, is a global sector leader that develops innovative, value-added aluminum products and solutions for a broad scope of markets and applications, including aerospace, mass transportation, automotive, packaging, energy and building and construction. With more than 9,000 employees, Constellium is structured in three business units: Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industry (Global ATI); Specialty Sheet; and Extrusions & Automotive Structures. Constellium, is owned by affiliates of Apollo Global Management (51%), Rio Tinto (39%) and the French “Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement” FSI (10%). Constellium generated €3.6 billion of revenue in 2011. To learn more, please visit www.constellium.com.

About Altair Engineering
Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with 1,800 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 27-year track record for high-end software for engineering and computing, enterprise analytics solutions, and innovative product design and development, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com or www.simulatetoinnovate.com.

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