The Product Development Company (PTC), Needham, Mass., announced that Continental Automotive Group has selected Windchill, PTC’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution, as its global standard for product development. “PLM is a key component of our IT strategy, which aims at standardizing and harmonizing our IT landscape,” says Ralf Brunken, CIO. “We selected PTC’s Windchill for its strong technological performance and for the company’s value-oriented approach, both critical when engaging in such a strategic and long-term partnership.” Continental will replace its existing PLM system and standardize its automotive divisions — Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, and Interior — 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.