Mentor Graphics Corp. has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with automotive electronics systems and components provider, Magneti Marelli. Valor, a division of Mentor and a global provider of productivity improvement software across the printed circuit board manufacturing supply chain, will supply its vManage solutions for traceability of the entire production process, from the screen printer to the surface mount technology (SMT) component placement machine at the company’s multiple global locations. The agreement is the culmination of a partnership which, 18 months ago, saw Magneti Marelli decide to expand its Valor vManage installations for assembly traceability and feeder verification worldwide, including manufacturing sites in Italy, Spain, and Mexico. The Valor vManage software enables Magneti Marelli to achieve full traceability and visibility of materials and manufacturing processes on its multiple-vendor SMT assembly lines. The vManage product will also help the company eliminate feeder errors due to its advanced feeder verification functionality.