Autodesk to acquire ESCAD from M+M

20 August 2008

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Further enhancing its Digital Prototyping Solution for manufacturing, Autodesk has signed a definitive agreement with Mensch und Maschine Deutschland GmbH, a member of the Mensch und Maschine group, to acquire substantially all of the assets – including the ECSCAD product line - of Elektro-CAE-Software GmbH (ECS), a provider of electrical CAD software. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Autodesk says this agreement demonstrates its commitment to creating the most comprehensive and versatile electrical CAD software offering in the market, and is expected to expand the reach of Autodesk electrical CAD to industry segments in the European marketplace that rely on database-driven methods for their designs. The acquisition complements AutoCAD Electrical software, which is used to create accurate schematic-based designs. As both product lines are built on the AutoCAD platform, Autodesk will be positioned to enhance functionality and performance for both ECSCAD and AutoCAD Electrical customers, and create even more powerful tools for electrical controls design. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of Autodesk's fiscal year and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

Robert 'Buzz' Kross, Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions senior vice president, comments: "Autodesk can better serve electrical controls designers in Europe by offering the best solution for even the largest-scale projects. The addition of ECS technologies enhances the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping and helps a larger audience to create complete digital prototypes that integrate both mechanical and electrical designs."

Guenter Manz, Managing Director of Elektro-CAE-Software, adds: "Extending Autodesk electrical CAD capabilities with Elektro-CAE-Software solutions opens the door to new and enhanced workflows currently unavailable from either drawing-centric or database-driven electrical CAD software alone. Together, ECS and Autodesk solutions will give controls designers the ability to choose the tools and methods that best fit their design requirements."

About Mensch und Maschine Software

Mensch und Maschine Software SE (M+M) is a leading European supplier of Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software with locations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, UK, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Romania, USA, Japan and other Asian and Pacific countries. M+M's diversified product range includes CAD/CAM systems in different price/performance areas for key industries, including mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture and geography. The company was founded in 1984 and has its headquarters in Wessling near Munich. In 2007, group sales of EUR212.9million were achieved with 327 employees.

About Elektro-CAE-Software

ECS was founded in 1993 and is located in Donzdorf near Stuttgart. ECS is one of the leading suppliers for database-oriented ECAD systems. The main focus of ECS is historically the mechanical engineering market but recently the number of users in the energy supply and plant construction industries has grown. These customers use ecscad for electrical engineering and development of larger plants and benefit from ecscad's database-oriented online multiuser concept.

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