In PLM move, Siemens to acquire Camstar

Siemens aims to strengthen its PLM activities (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens plans to acquire Camstar in a bid for leadership in products that help companies digitize all areas of their business. The Germany-based diversified engineering group said its Siemens PLM software division will broaden its portfolio of product development and production automation products through the acquisition of Camstar. The US-based company is a specialist in […]

Daimler’s switch from Catia to Siemens NX moves into higher gear

Daimler's change is driven by compatibility issues between its CAD and PDM software

Daimler’s preparations for its planned switch from Catia to Siemens NX are progressing and the carmaker has, in the words of one insider, entered the “hot phase” of the transition. Two-thirds of CAD software users still need to run through their prepatory training before the changeover takes effect April 2015. Daimler announced in 2011 that […]

automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages


HANOVER – Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have […]

Dassault Systemes CEO sees big changes in car engineering

Dassault Systemes' Charles says in-car electronics are too complex (Photo: Dassault Systemes)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies. In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided […]

Dassault Systemes to acquire RTT

RTT has worked with various automakers on digital retail concepts (Photo: RTT)

Dassault Systemes said it has agreed to buy 84 pc of Munich-based RTT for a reported 179 million euros. The Paris-based product lifecycle management software group said RTT, which is a leader in 3D visualization software, will add a key strength to Dassault’s offer of an integrated set of PLM solutions. “Our clients express a […]

With acquisition, Accenture moves to further strengthen PLM expertise

Accenture's acquisitions of PCO is its 2nd major move in the PLM business area  this year (Photo: PCO)

Accenture hopes to further boost its expertise in the growing product lifecycle management (PLM) sector through the planned acquisition of Montreal-based PCO Innovation. The global business consulting group said the addition of PCO will increase its ability to help clients organize, develop, manage and introduce new products and services.   PCO specializes in PLM strategy […]

Progress cited in PLM openness

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An industry-wide initiative to create more open IT solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM) software is gaining acceptance, with most system suppliers now on board for the plan. In recent months, more companies have signed a common agreement – the Codex of PLM Openness (CPO – which documents their contribution to more transparency in PLM […]

Siemens, Bentley Systems cooperate

(Photo: Bentley Systems)

Siemens and Bentley Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly market software for the digital planning of car factories and other manufacturing facilities. The cooperation is designed to deliver “intelligent and sustainable digital factory infrastructure,” the companies said in a press release. Siemens and Bentley Systems, which is not related to the Bentley […]

LMS acquisition expands Siemens’ PLM offering

LMS virtual simulation software will enhance Siemens' PLM offering (Photo: LMS)

Siemens has acquired Belgian simulation software maker LMS International for 680 million euros in a move to expand its offering of product lifecycle management (PLM) products. The German industrial group said the acquisition will add model-based simulation, design, test and measurement capabilities to the product offering of its Siemens PLM Software division. The integrated software […]

PTC ready to acquire Servigistics

Many companies don't pay enough attention to service lifecycle management, PTC says (Photo: Servigistics)

PTC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Servigistics in a move it says will expand its offering of service lifecycle management (SLM) products. The US-based business software group said the addition of Servigistics’ products will help it provide a broader and more competitive offering in this area. Servigistics has a strong position in the […]