ESI Group: Acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in Open Source software in Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Embracing the ‘Open Source’ business model
  • Broad global user base and a brand with substantial visibility in a fast-growing market
  • Strong and diversified customer value creation and unique opportunity for business expansion
  • Accretive operation

PARIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 12, 2012 — Regulatory News:

ESI Group (Paris: ESI), pioneer and world-leader in Virtual Prototyping and Virtual Engineering solutions, today announces the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in the Open Source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software segment, from SGI, the trusted leader in Technical Computing. ESI Group consequently becomes the owner of the OpenFOAM® trademark, widely recognized in automotive, energy, aerospace and other industry sectors, and assumes responsibility and initiative for the further development, quality and support of the software. ESI and SGI will be expanding their partnership and go to market collaboration to improve accessibility of CFD, at affordable cost, reliable quality, and competitive performance.

  • Embracing the Open Source Business Model
    • OpenFOAM® is a free, open source CFD software family and analysis toolbox. It is developed and packaged by the OpenFOAM® team within OpenCFD Ltd., a UK company, and it is distributed by the OpenFOAM Foundation.
    • OpenCFD Ltd contributes software, integrates modules and generates documentation to the OpenFOAM® software; it owns the OpenFOAM® trademark and provides services that support the effective deployment of CFD technology.
    • OpenFOAM Foundation is a non-profit organization; it was established for the purpose of ensuring the sustainable distribution of OpenFOAM®, exclusively under a ‘no cost Open Source license’ agreement. ESI will be the exclusive supporting arm of the OpenFOAM Foundation to guarantee the continuity of its Open Source business model and vision.
  • Broad user base and a brand with substantial visibility in a fast-growing market

With a continually enforced quality level that benefits from a vast and interactive user base and developer community, OpenFOAM® is a highly popular software which has achieved strong penetration into major global industrial companies. One million copies of the software have been downloaded since 2005, providing free access to a powerful analysis tool box that meets the requirements of diverse industry sectors in the field of complex and state of the art fluid dynamics numerical simulations, involving multi-species, chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer.

  • Strong customer value creation and a unique opportunity for business expansion

ESI Group has already developed substantial OpenFOAM® expertise thanks to its historical knowhow in CFD and reinforced with its recent acquisition of Mindware. This is a natural and welcome complement to the OpenCFD team competencies, and it will further ensure successful downstream integration. ESI proven knowhow and success in industrial software development will further strengthen quality assurance and enable global support of a viable, trusted, and scalable solution for both large enterprises and small and medium size ones, to be made available via a flexible subscription model.

This acquisition consolidates ESI Group firmly at the leading edge of the evolution of the virtual engineering market, aligned with the increasing demand for Open Source software that in comparison to some incumbent, proprietary solutions may offer better freedom to customize and adapt to the business needs of each customer. This will accelerate the gradual adoption of “End-to-End Virtual Prototyping” by a broader community, through an unparalleled offering of scalable, advanced and integrated solutions, effective web and cloud access, and supporting professional services worldwide.

  • Accretive operation

OpenCFD Ltd. will be incorporated within the Group’s consolidated results from September 11, 2012. The acquisition comprises 100% of the company’s capital, and is being financed by the Group’s credit facilities.

Henry Weller, the creator of OpenFOAM®, co-founder of OpenCFD Ltd and a Director of the OpenFOAM Foundation, comments: "We are delighted to join ESI Group to accelerate OpenFOAM® development and expand support and training services. The advanced capabilities of our Open-Source CFD software OpenFOAM® are widely applicable for automotive, energy, oil & gas, process industries, consumer goods, and heavy industry. This makes our incorporation within the ESI Group well aligned with the Group’s broad industrial vision."

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