Sri Lankan tire maker DSI uses Preactor software to schedule production across several sites (Photo: Preactor)

Siemens has acquired production software specialist Preactor, as the German group continues to expand its offering of industry software.

Preactor is a UK based maker of production planning and scheduling software. Its advanced planning software (APS) is used by more than 4,500 companies in 75 countries.

Siemens said APS will add significant new software offerings to its Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

"By acquiring the Preactor Group, we are further extending our position as an industry software supplier in the field of production and logistics", said Anton Huber, CEO of Siemens' Industry Automation division. "We will be extending our industry software offering to include APS as a key component in the field of Manufacturing Operations Management."

Siemens, in an effort to grow its software business, has  been buying industrial software companies since 2011.