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Dassault Systèmes to acquire Apriso

Dassault Systèmes, one of the world leaders in 3D-design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has announced its intent to acquire Apriso, one of the leading providers of manufacturing software solutions, for approximately $205 million.
Apriso expands Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE footprint across multiple industries, such as consumer goods, packaged goods, high tech, life sciences, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defence and industrial equipment.  The solutions are currently used by a variety of customers, including Alstom, British American Tobacco, Bombardier, Cummins, General Motors, Hitachi, Japan Tobacco, L’Occitane, Lockheed Martin, L’Oreal, Philip Morris International, Saint-Gobain, Textron Systems, Trixell, Valeo, and Volvo CE. Apriso will be integrated with and expand Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA application portfolio and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s virtual+reality capabilities. Apriso’s solutions synchronise global manufacturing networks, offering real-time visibility and control over the business processes performed by plants and suppliers. These solutions establish a common set of operational standards that can be managed holistically, on a global basis, while continuously improving and meeting local market and customer needs. By integrating these solutions with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, customers will have a comprehensive view of their business, from idea to design, to production and global product availability for consumers worldwide. “This acquisition will merge 3DEXPERIENCE and Apriso’s solutions and deliver a new business experience to our customers,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.
“Innovation is critical to winning in the competitive world of automotive glass,” said Pascal Ober SAP Competency Centre director of Saint-Gobain’s Innovative Material sector. “We use Apriso to manage the distribution and execution of quality, logistics, manufacturing and compliance processes across over 60 sites worldwide. We view the ability to innovate both products and manufacturing and logistics processes as critical. Dassault Systèmes will now have a comprehensive solution for product and process innovation all the way through execution.” “The Apriso team is proud to join Dassault Systèmes and bring proven products and expertise in solving global manufacturing challenges,” commented Jim Henderson, President and CEO, Apriso.  Dassault Systèmes and Apriso have entered into a definitive acquisition agreement whereby Dassault Systèmes will acquire Apriso in a cash transaction. The completion of the acquisition is subject to normal closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in July 2013.

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