Dassault Systèmes Acquiring Software Developer Apriso
By Patrick Waurzyniak
PLM software developer Dassault Systèmes (Velizy-Villacoublay, France) announced today that it intends to acquire manufacturing software developer Apriso Corp. (Long Beach, CA) for approximately $205 million in cash.
Dassault, which has made a string of recent acquisitions, said that the purchase of Apriso will enhance the global manufacturing operations management capabilities of Dassault’s 3DExperience platform. Dassault plans to integrate Apriso’s software lineup into its Delmia application portfolio.
Under the agreement, the Apriso acquisition will expand both the Delmia application portfolio and the 3DExperience platform’s virtual reality capabilities. Apriso’s solutions synchronize global manufacturing networks, offering real-time visibility and control over the business processes performed by plants and suppliers. Apriso’s software includes the FlexNet enterprise manufacturing execution system (MES) solution. The company’s customers span a wide range of industries including consumer goods, packaged goods, high tech, life sciences, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defense and industrial equipment, and Apriso’s customers include 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.
“This acquisition will merge 3DExperience and Apriso’s solutions and deliver a new business experience to our customers,” said Bernard Charlès, Dassault president and CEO, in a statement. “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.”
The companies have entered into a definitive acquisition agreement whereby Dassault Systèmes will acquire Apriso in a cash transaction. The completion of the acquisition, which is subject to normal closing conditions including regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in July.
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