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May 30, 2013

Global 3D design leader to buy U.S. manufacturing software maker for $205 million


Buying Apriso closes loop between design, engineering, manufacturing and consumer experience, says Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the world’s leading 3D design software company, said it will acquire Long Beach, Calif.-based Apriso Corporation, a leading provider of manufacturing software, for $205 million in cash.

Headquartered outside Paris, France, Dassault said Apriso’s software will be merged into Dassault’s DELMIA application portfolio as well as the manufacturing operations management and “virtual+reality” capabilities of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, used by major manufacturers including General Motors, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, and Volvo.

“The question isn’t simply, ‘what is the next innovative idea?,’ but rather ‘Can you produce your idea quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively? Can you excel in global business responsiveness and local production agility?’ These are the questions the 3DEXPERIENCE business platform answers,” said Bernard Charlès, Dassault CEO.

Apriso’s software synchronizes global manufacturing networks, offering real-time visibility and control over the business processes performed by plants and suppliers.

“Now in combination with Dassault Systèmes’ leadership in 3DEXPERIENCE, we are ‘closing the loop’ between design, engineering, manufacturing and consumer experience. Global manufacturers can now accelerate new product and process innovations into the global market,” said Apriso CEO Jim Henderson.

The planned acquisition – slated to close in July – comes on the heels of 3D design and engineering software firm, Autodesk Inc.’s recently announced strategic alliance with NetSuite Inc. to offer manufacturing firms integration of Autodesk’s product lifecycle management (PLM) software and NetSuite’s cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

Dassault is also a leader in 3D digital mock-up and product lifecycle management (PLM) software.

Last month, Dassault acquired SIMPOE, a major supplier of plastic injection molding simulation, based in Torcy, France.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Plastic injection molding, one of the most common processes of plastic forming, is used in the mass production of complex and sophisticated parts.

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