Bentley showcases ‘extreme infrastructure’

Earlier in November, I was fortunate enough to attend Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired event in Amsterdam, where Bentley showcases the customer finalists in what could be termed “extreme infrastructure” –plants, buildings, roads, construction, utilities–...

3D Systems acquires Z Corporation

The consolidation train keeps rolling. Stay with me now: Ratos AB of Sweden announced that its Danish subsidiary, Contex Group, signed an agreement to sell its subsidiaries Z Corporation and Vidar Systems to 3D Systems Corporation for about $137 million. Contex will...

Quick update: Siemens/Vistagy, CENIT, Cimatron

I was away from the office all of last week, attending Bentley’s Be Inspired event in Amsterdam (more on that soon) and sitting in on meetings in London, but the world of engineering software kept going. Here’s news you might have missed: Siemens PLM to...

DS strengthens composites sim

Dassault Systèmes today announced that is has acquired Simulayt Limited, a provider of composites and advanced draping simulation technology. We all know composites are where it’s at in terms of reducing weight while meeting performance requirements, so this...

AVEVA acquires Z+F UK

AVEVA today announced the acquisition of Z+F UK Limited, maker of the LFM software suite of 3D laser scanning software packages. AVEVA and Z+F UK have been partners for years, releasing increasingly sophisticated tools to integrate the output from laser scanning with...

Acquisition mania

I’ve been working on a mid-year update of my market numbers for CAE (which show better than expected growth to date in 2011) and am stunned by the rapid pace of acquisitions we’ve seen this year. It’s one thing to note them as they happen, but when...

News you may have missed, 16 Sept

The industry’s acquisition binge continues, with news of a new deal just about every week: Bentley invests in TEEC Bentley Systems announced yesterday that the company has taken a minority equity stake in The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) and placed a person...

ESI: CAE Virtual Reality

ESI Group reported today that revenue for the second quarter was up 11% to €19 million, on license revenue growth of 12%. CEO Alain de Rouvray said, “The second quarter saw an acceleration in the growth of our activity, particularly in Europe. Over the first half, the...

MuM sells distribution business

Mensch und Maschine Software (MuM) just announced that it had sold off its software distribution business to the Tech Data Group for around €25 million, about 2/3 of which which will be paid in at closing and the other 1/3 to be paid out depending on business...

MSC acquires FFT, Actran

MSC Software today announced that it has acquired the Belgian company Free Field Technologies (FFT), a provider of acoustics and NVH simulation software for the automotive, aerospace and other industries. MSC’s press release says that “bringing FFT together with MSC’s...