Hyundai and Kia have adopted Windchill PLM software from US solutions provider Parametric Technology Corp (PTC), the companies said in a press statement.

The Korean carmakers conducted an extensive two-year benchmark testing and selection process before deciding on Windchill.

The software, which will be adopted in core r&d operations, will consolidate multiple existing systems into a single platform for managing critical product data and related vehicle development processes.

Hyundai and Kia said Windchill will enable them to boost productivity, strengthen collaborative product development and lower manufacturing and development costs as well as overall development time.

The project to deploy more than 1000 seats of Windchill builds upon an existing implementation of PTC Pro/Engineer. The project was implemented by PTC Global Services and its services partners.

The first phase of delivery, which has already begun, establishes a system of record for the complete vehicle -- the engineering bill of materials -- and for change management, the companies said. Phase I also includes CATIA data management and a digital mock-up (DMU) environment. The system gradually is expected to be expanded globally.

PTC provides enterprise 3D design, product data management and collaboration solutions to more than 1,400 automotive companies worldwide.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, said Windchill will let Hyundai and Kia with “a single source for accessing data and managing processes across vehicle design programs.”