Automotive & transport

Find out how SOLIDWORKS has helped companies design faster, smarter and stay ahead of the competition.

SOLIDWORKS in the Automotive and Transport industries.

The challenge:

The automotive market rewards design innovation that combines efficiency, reliability, and style. How do you achieve all this in such a competitive space, whilst working to strict industry standards?

The solution:

SOLIDWORKS product development solutions integrate efficient 3D design with simulation to help you optimise size, weight, and performance. With Enterprise PDM you can easily collaborate across your development team and with manufacturing to make better parts and vehicles faster and at lower cost.  Together with the extensive support offered as part of the Innova Systems customer package, SOLIDWORKS increases sales, improves product quality and design and lowers manufacturing costs – Whatever the size of your company.

Video: Tevva eTrucks customer success story

Faster, smarter design

SOLIDWORKS is very easy to use in a creative environment. You can quickly turn ideas into functioning products. This results in a much faster delivery of innovative technology.

Software you can trust

Advanced power and analytical tools enable you to further a design to its maximum potential. SOLIDWORKS is stable and never stops you from doing what you want to do.

Simulate for success

SOLIDWORKS Simulation builds on your engineering knowledge to help you predict what might happen to a component when placed under certain stresses or mechanical influences.

Get the job done

Design complex geometry and large amounts of data into your product. You need to be sure that your design software will perform when placing a lot of different systems in one assembly.

Get it right pre-manufacture

Cut down on prototyping by simulating and using Part Advisor to evaluate, analyse and debug products while you design.

Amazing visualisations

Create incredible lifelike product renders using SOLIDWORKS Visualize. Best of all, everyone in the team can use it, regardless of design experience!

Customer success story: Edbro Jost

Edbro is in its 99th year of developing and manufacturing hydraulic tipping hoists for on road and off road applications. Combining advanced processes such as laser welding, factory automation and high quality standards throughout allows the business to produce the industry standard in hydraulic tipping hoists. With production volumes exceeding many hundreds per week and a worldwide supplier base, technical product specification and integrity of data is vital to getting a repeatable and robust product.

Customer success story: Frangus Ltd

Innova Systems formed in 2002 and our very first customer was specialised rail equipment designer/manufacturer, Frangus Ltd (formerly Thomson Rail). Based in the small town of Mitcheldean in Gloucestershire and well known for supplying their expertly designed machinery to companies like Balfour Beatty and Network Rail, Frangus Ltd are still going strong and are still a valued Innova customer and SOLIDWORKS user to this day.

Customer success story: Safety Devices

Safety Devices is Europe’s number one supplier of rollover bars and cages to the motor sport industry. Safety Devices has been ‘Making Motor Sport Safer’ for over 25 years and is universally recognised as the leading manufacturer of roll cages. All of Safety Devices products comply with regulatory bodies such as MIRA – (A Motor Sport Industry Authority) which provides safety validation and certification.

Customer success story: Westfield Sportscars

Specialist car company Westfield Sportscars has chosen SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to help them integrate 21st century automotive technology into their 50-year-old body design while meeting European Union safety regulations and its own quality standards.

Customer success story: Lordgate Engineering

Lordgate Engineering Limited of St Ives, Cambridge, manufactures precision formed and fabricated parts for the Civilian aerospace, Railway, Military, Medical and electronic industries, working with well known names such as Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier and British Airways. Under constant pressure to win new business in a fiercely competitive marketplace, Lordgate Engineering looked to improve new product development by implementing a new 3D design system to utilise design resource more efficiently and to support customer requirements.

SOLIDWORKS success story: Automotive Performance Solutions

Automotive Performance Solutions–Roaring Forties (APS) is an Australian automotive engineering consultancy that produces custom modern versions of the classic Ford GT40 sports car.

The firm, established in 2004 by a group of enthusiastic mechanical engineers who sharing a passion for Ford GT40 racing vehicles, also provides design and engineering services to leading automotive companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

SOLIDWORKS success story: Astra Rail Industries

Astra Rail Industries is a leading manufacturer of tank rail cars, freight wagons, and bogies. Headquartered in Arad, Romania, the company operates three factories with the capacity to manufacture 2,500 to 3,500 wagons, in a wide variety of designs, each year.

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How to choose?

How to choose?

Criteria for choosing a 3d CAD system from Innova Systems.

Upgrade to 3D

Upgrade to 3D

Best practice advice on upgrading from 2D CAD to SOLIDWORKS.

Design and test

Design and test

3D Design and physical testing with SOLIDWORKS.



Best practice implementation guide for modelling in 3D with SOLIDWORKS.

Some of our customers in the automotive and transport industries.

“From a manufacturer’s point of view, the ability to design, analyse, create production drawings and manage the data of the complete product in a matter of hours is incredible. In conjunction with a real partnership with Innova Systems, this investment has proved to be invaluable for our business.”

Dave Thomson, Managing Director, Thomson Rail.

What you can expect when you partner with us.

Product support

From the best team in the business – recognised by SOLIDWORKS for having the best customer support in Northern Europe. You’re in safe hands and will be well looked after.


When you call, you’ll get straight through to a Technical Engineer, skilled in SOLIDWORKS and ready and willing to help you with the most simple or the most complex problem.

Software Upgrades

Your annual subscription keeps you connected with our support team. You’ll also be entitled to the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. Staying current means staying productive.


Our Engineers will help you transition from older 2D/3D CAD systems, or even teach you if you are new to 3D Design. Our knowledge and experience really makes a difference.


We can recomend the right hardware to purchase. This vital component underpins your investment in SOLIDWORKS, so it is really important you get the right advice.


Our experience can help you ensure the right implementation plan is defined for your team, ensuring your design and data management needs are met with a rapid return on investment.

Take a look at the SOLIDWORKS product range.