Dassault Systèmes Acquires SIMPACK

Dassault Systèmes recently acquired SIMPACK, based near Munich, Germany, for an undisclosed all-cash sum. The vendor intends to expand its SIMULIA realistic multi-physics simulation technology portfolio to include multi-body mechatronic systems, from virtual concept validation to the real-time experience. SIMPACK has more than 130 customers in the energy, automotive, and rail industries, including Alstom, Bombardier, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN, and Vestas.
Consumers today expect nearly all products to continually get smarter, safer, faster, quieter, and more efficient. Blending of virtual and real (physical) product design and engineering is a must, as engineers need to experience their products as they create them (controls, movement, bending, noise, etc.). SIMPACK has demonstrated complex computer aided engineering (CAE) models, non-linear effects such as friction and flexible structures, efficient numerical algorithms, and real-time capabilities.
The arms race continues among large product lifecycle management (PLM) and computer aided design (CAD) vendors, especially in light of Siemens PLM Software acquiring LMS in 2012. Siemens LMS might still have better testing of systems, whereas SIMPACK seems to have more physical modeling capabilities. As these solutions become increasingly complex, one wonders how many companies will mandate a single-vendor solution versus best-of-breed. And as every large CAD/CAE/PLM provider claims that all global and advanced manufacturers use their products, it is hard to gauge rate of supplier consolidation versus the still remaining best-of-breed players.
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