Aras Announces Recipients of 2012 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

ECCO, Gentex Corporation and Minerva Recognized for Innovative Contributions to the Aras Enterprise Open Source PLM Community

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – May 31, 2012Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the winners of the 2012 Collaborate & Contribute Awards. Collaborate & Contribute Award winners are voted on by the Aras corporate community and determined by the significance, impact and / or popularity of their contribution during the year. The 2012 Collaborate & Contribute Award Winners are:

ECCO for the Firefox Browser Client for Apple Mac

Gentex Corporation for the AML Studio Editor

Minerva for the Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies

The awards were presented at Aras’s ACE 2012 International conference. Held in May in Troy Michigan, ACE 2012 drew attendees from 24 countries around the world and highlighted advancements in Aras enterprise PLM platform and corporate community. Previous Collaborate & Contribute award winners include Motorola, Lear Corporation, Freudenberg, Hayes Lemmerz International, FNGP, Broadway Consulting Services, Ogihara and MiTek Corporation.

The ACE 2012 conference theme was “Be Different” which emphasized the power and advantages of the Aras PLM platform and how enterprises use Aras to innovate, differentiate and compete on process superiority.

The ACE 2012 agenda included user presentations from global leaders including Boeing, Insitu, GETRAG Ford Transmissions, Lear Corporation, Carestream Health, Ceradyne, Maxion Wheels, and Amscan. ACE 2012 conference highlights, pictures and slides are available at

“We congratulate ECCO, Gentex and Minerva and would like to thank them for their innovations and ongoing commitment to the PLM community,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “We are proud of the level of involvement and engagement in our corporate community and we believe these types of ongoing innovations by companies using PLM are how truly transformational breakthroughs occur.”

About Aras

Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

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