Dassault Systèmes to Acquire CST

Dassault Systèmes, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has announced that it will acquire Computer Simulation Technology (CST), a specialist in electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation, for approximately 220 million euros.

With the acquisition of CST, based near Frankfurt, Germany, Dassault Systèmes will complement its industry solution experiences for realistic multiphysics simulation on its 3DEXPERIENCE platform with full spectrum EM simulation.  

CST STUDIO SUITE software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 leading companies in the high-tech, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defence, and energy industries to evaluate all types of EM effects during every stage of electronic system design processes. Customers include Airbus Defence and Space, Bosch Group, Frauscher Sensor Technology and Sirona.  CST’s 2015 revenue was approximately 47 million euros.

‘Electromagnetism is an essential part of a multiphysics simulation strategy for the development of smart and connected products, and IoT devices—from their complex design to ensuring the performance, reliability, and safety of their interactions with their surrounding environment,’ said Bernard Charlès, vice chairman, and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.  ‘The acquisition of CST is part of our larger, ongoing mission to provide 3DEXPERIENCE universes to explore, accelerate and experience innovation that will achieve a greater harmony between product, nature, and life.’

While providing continuity for CST’s customers, Dassault Systèmes will integrate CST’s solutions into its existing portfolio of industry solution experiences for simulating structural mechanics, multi-body systems, heat transfer, and fluids, to address the growing $600 million EM simulation market.  This will offer a new industry standard in multiphysics and multiscale simulation of autonomous cars, connected homes, medical equipment, wearable electronics and other smart objects. 

Customers will be able to create and analyse high-fidelity electromagnetic behavioural models that simulate electronic, antenna, electrical device and electromechanical product function across all frequencies and length scales, as well as access design synthesis and simulation tools needed for intricate electronic systems design. 

The purchase price of CST will be paid in cash.  Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions precedent, including antitrust approvals in Germany and Austria.  The transaction will be immediately accretive to Dassault Systèmes’ earnings. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

‘We know firsthand the formidable design hurdles our customers face today,’ said Dr Bernhard Wagner, managing director, CST. ‘Increasingly, multiphysics have to be addressed during the design process to develop the most robust products and systems. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the ideal foundation upon which we can pursue our vision of combining our technologies to set the industry standard for realistic simulation and best meet our customers’ needs.’

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