ANSYS buys Granta for materials intel

Jan 23, 2019 | Hot Topics

You saw this one coming, right? Two in one week, though ….

ANSYS announced last night that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Granta Design, maker of materials intelligence solutions, critical for accurate simulations of material and device behavior.

You’ve likely herd of Granta so here’s a quick summary: GRANTA MI is a materials information management system while its CES Selector lets users explore how different material choices would affect the behavior of their designs. You may not know of CES EduPack, Granta’s teaching tool for materials-related topics in engineering, design and topics, which is used by over 1,000 universities worldwide. Using it in school creates a trained and knowledgeable workforce, which drives professional demand.

Why Granta? Why now? We’ll know ore specifics after the deal closes, but lightweighting, additive manufacturing, composites and other trends in industry make understanding the impact of specific material crucial to understanding design and system behavior. Sourcing and maintaining reliable and accurate information about materials becomes a competitive necessity and perhaps advantage. ANSYS says that, with Granta, its “customers can benefit from access to the world’s premier system for managing corporate material intelligence and the market-leading solution for materials sources, selection and management. Granta customers can expect even easier access to ANSYS’ gold-standard simulation technology.”

Importantly, ANSYS also said in the announcement that “Granta will continue its open ecosystem, integrating with a wide range of leading product lifecycle management, CAD and computer-aided engineering solutions.”

ANSYS expects the acquisition to close in the first quarter of 2019 and will provide further details on the transaction and its impact on ANSYS’ 2019 financial outlook after the closing.