Autodesk to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics

22 February 2011

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Autodesk is to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, a leading provider of simulation software, for approximately $39million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Autodesk's first quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on 30 April 2011).

Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign technology will be an important addition to the Autodesk simulation software portfolio for manufacturers, which currently includes Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Algor Simulation and Autodesk Moldflow. It will broaden the Autodesk offering for Digital Prototyping to provide customers with a spectrum of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities that help automate fluid flow and thermal simulation decision-making for designs, while eliminating costly physical prototyping cycles.

Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president of the Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk, comments: "Simulation represents a significant growth area for Autodesk, and we are focused on strengthening our portfolio in this area both organically and through acquisitions. The acquisition of Blue Ridge Numerics will add important new simulation capabilities to virtually test and predict how a product or building design will work, allowing our customers to compete more effectively at every step of the design process."

Ed Williams, president and co-founder of Blue Ridge Numerics, adds: "Since 1992, Blue Ridge Numerics' comprehensive CFD tools have helped engineers improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and drive profitability. Autodesk is a valued business partner, and the combination of both companies' proven Digital Prototyping technologies will help customers worldwide tackle complex engineering challenges and ultimately be more successful with their designs."

Virtual prototyping

Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign software enables mechanical and building system engineers to virtually test and predict real-world behaviour of new and existing designs and eliminate expensive physical prototyping cycles. Its CFD software helps engineers to make informed, up-front decisions about air flow, fluid flow or electronics cooling to help design and manufacture safer, higher-quality products or construct more energy-efficient buildings.

On completion of the acquisition, Autodesk's intent is to integrate Blue Ridge Numerics into its Manufacturing Industry Group and to continue developing and selling Blue Ridge Numerics CFdesign products, supporting Blue Ridge Numerics customers and integrating them into the Autodesk Manufacturing Community. Autodesk is also committed to continue developing the Blue Ridge Numerics products with a multi-CAD approach, allowing direct data exchange between CFdesign products and multiple computer aided design software offerings.

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