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Autodesk Software Helps Metso Streamline Global Operations and Design Efficiencies
Metso Mining & Construction Technology Focus on Autodesk Inventor to Deliver Design Innovation

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Metso, a global technology and services provider, is using software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to streamline its operational processes and drive design efficiencies across its businesses.

Metso Paper, a long-term user of Autodesk design and engineering software, has entered into a global license agreement with Autodesk, making the software available to Metso users throughout the organization. The agreement incorporates a broad spectrum of Autodesk products, including Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Navisworks, AutoCAD Mechanical and AutoCAD Electrical software.

Key benefits of the global license for Metso include enhanced flexibility and reduced cost of ownership. Metso sites can now request additional software licenses at peak times, as well as get instant access to these solutions when they are required. Metso sites only pay for what they use -- an efficient way to keep design costs under tight control.

The agreement also streamlines the process of acquiring new businesses. When Metso Paper recently bought a site in India, the new operating procedure was easily integrated into the global license pool.

Metso currently has more than 3,000 Autodesk software users, logging 180,000 usage hours per month. The company has clocked more than four million CAD hours using Autodesk software to date.

Focusing on Autodesk Inventor

The Metso Mining and Construction Technology Segment (MCT), also known as Metso Minerals, has also decided to focus on Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design and engineering software. The decision is in line with Metso Global Information Management's strategy to globalize, harmonize and standardize its applications and processes to more efficiently support its business.

The division is already using Inventor to deliver greater cost efficiencies and reduce time to market across the design lifecycle. Metso Minerals currently uses Inventor software for product development, conceptual design and manufacturing, and anticipates usage will increase for more detailed design work.

"For us, one of the key benefits of Inventor is the popularity of the system. It is easy to recruit engineers familiar with and proficient in the software, which helps drive productivity and further accelerates our design processes," said Johan Mikkela, global IM manager, engineering applications, Metso Minerals. "Most of our users reach good proficiency on Inventor within a few weeks."

By collaborating with Metso Paper, Metso Minerals can tap into the global license pool, driving further efficiencies in its usage of Inventor. The company describes the cost of ownership of the software as "very competitive."

In the future, Metso Minerals plans to further extend the benefits of Inventor within the company, working closely with internal engineering teams and local partner organizations to explore and extend best practice usage.

Mikkela continued, "Over the past year, Inventor capabilities have increased significantly. This gives us even greater confidence that Inventor will be able to scale to accommodate our future business needs."

About Metso

Metso is a global supplier of technology and services for the mining, construction, power generation, oil and gas, recycling and pulp and paper industries. The company has engineering, production, procurements, services, business, sales and other operations in more than 50 countries. Worldwide, it employs around 29,000 professionals serving customers in more than 100 countries. Today 45% of the company's net sales come from the services business.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

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