Vélizy-Villacoublay, France—May 29, 2013—3D design software and PLM solutions company Dassault Systèmes, announced its plan to acquire Apriso, a provider of manufacturing software solutions, for approximately $205 million. The acquisition would enrich the global manufacturing operations management capabilities of Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
“This acquisition will merge 3DEXPERIENCE and Apriso’s solutions and deliver a new business experience to our customers,” said Bernard Charlès, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systèmes. “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.”
Apriso expands Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE footprint across multiple industries, such as consumer goods; packaged goods; high tech; life sciences; transportation & mobility; aerospace & defense; and industrial equipment. The solutions are currently used by 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.
“Innovation is critical to winning in the competitive world of automotive glass,” said Pascal Ober, SAP Competency Center Director, Innovative Material sector of Saint-Gobain. “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/logistics processes as critical. Dassault Systèmes will now have a comprehensive solution for product and process innovation all the way through execution.”
Apriso will be integrated with and expand Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA application portfolio and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s virtual+reality capabilities. Apriso’s solutions synchronize global manufacturing networks to offer 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.
“The Apriso team is proud to join Dassault Systèmes and to bring proven products and expertise in solving global manufacturing challenges,” said Jim Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Apriso. “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.”
By integrating Aprisio’s 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.
“As a global power leader, Cummins Inc. designs and manufactures a wide range of products for a diverse set of markets and customers,” said Robert Borchelt, Director of Manufacturing IT Systems and Industrial Controls, Cummins Corporate Manufacturing. “We view the integration of product design and manufacturing operations software as a critical next step in accelerating new product introduction and in configuring our products to meet the needs of specific markets and customers. Product proliferation and globalization are two key challenges in front of us and we believe the ability to manage products and processes globally is critical to our market growth plans.”
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 scheduled for completion in July 2013.