The Product Development Company (PTC), Needham, Mass.,Â announced that Continental Automotive Group has selected Windchill, PTCâ€™s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, as its global standard for product development. â€śPLM is a key component of our IT strategy, which aims at standardizing and harmonizingÂ our IT landscape,â€ť says Ralf Brunken, CIO. â€śWe selected PTCâ€™s Windchill for its strong technological performance and for the companyâ€™s value-oriented approach, both critical when engaging in such a strategic and long-term partnership.â€ť Continental will replace its existing PLM system and standardize its automotive divisions â€” Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, and Interior â€” on Windchill. It will be used as the worldwide PLM backbone for engineering change and multi-CAD and ECAD data management, as well as for third-party integration. Windchill is expected to eventually support more than 12,000 users in both engineering and nonengineering departments.