Announced on March 17, the acquisition caps a seven-year partnership relationship between the two companies that includes serving mutual customers, such as Boeing, in the aerospace and defense industries. Dassault acquired a minority position in Intercim in 2009.
Product innovation requires production innovation, the two companies said in announcing the deal. With the addition of Intercim, Dassault’s Delmia virtual production platform now enables customers to demonstrate that what they have built was exactly what they had planned to build, and to use this conformity information for certification purposes. The combination is said to define a new step for PLM, delivering digital continuity from engineering to the real factory operations.
“We are pleased to see Dassault Systèmes taking this step to extend its PLM product offering to include Manufacturing Execution capability,” said Nancy Bailey, vice president of Product Systems for The Boeing Corp., the Chicago-based aerospace giant. “As one of our large key suppliers, we anticipate greater company stability in support of the Velocity system used by the 787 program and look forward to additional innovations in this area.”
“This announcement supports Dassault Systèmes’ PLM strategy, by extending Delmia’s footprint in Digital Manufacturing & Production to reach a large community of new users on the shop floor,” adds Philippe Charlès, chief executive officer, Delmia, Dassault Systèmes. “Leading aerospace customers like Embraer have chosen Delmia and Intercim to plan and run their global manufacturing operations, and this acquisition demonstrates our continued commitment to this industry."