Granta Design Signs Master Software License Agreement with United Technologies for Materials Information Technology

Granta’s materials information management solutions available to help design for efficiency, quality, and environmental sustainability

Cambridge, UK – September 12, 2012 – Granta Design has announced that a master software license agreement has been signed with United Technologies Corp. (UTC), providers of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. This framework will enable UTC businesses to purchase and implement Granta’s software, reference data, and services for managing and deploying materials information.

Granta’s expertise in managing mission-critical materials data across a global enterprise derives from work developing and applying software with the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC), a unique collaboration of aerospace, energy, and defense organizations. Granta’s tools and services are thus ideally suited to meet the needs of UTC’s aerospace businesses. 

The first UTC aerospace division to adopt the GRANTA MI™ materials information management system was the former Hamilton Sundstrand business, now part of UTC Aerospace Systems. It has started to apply tools that consolidate and control relevant materials data and information while enforcing the high level of traceability and security needed in the aerospace industry.  As GRANTA MI is specifically designed to handle the complexities of evolving materials data, it allows engineers and designers to be confident that they are using the most accurate, up-to-date, and approved information. 

Another of UTC’s global businesses using Granta’s software is Carrier, part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security. Carrier has been an early adopter of GRANTA MI, focusing on global access to its materials data. This covers relevant properties and testing pertinent to its applications as well as the environment in which its products operate. 

Granta software and services support continuous improvement by helping optimize and implement materials strategies to improve cost, performance, or environmental impact, as well as increasing efficiency and protecting corporate knowledge. Granta tools also help to ensure regulatory compliance, for example, with EuP, RoHS, REACH, and WEEE legislation, as well as integration with CAD/CAE and tools for visualizing material properties and performing selection and substitution.  

"Granta are delighted to be working with UTC” commented Granta’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr Patrick Coulter. “We hope that our range of software solutions will help maintain their high standards for business practices, environmental responsibility, and operational excellence.”


Granta Design Limited are the materials information technology experts. Granta develops the leading software for materials information management in engineering enterprises, and the leading teaching resource for materials engineering education. Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, defense, energy, medical devices, automotive, manufacture of consumer and industrial equipment, materials production, and publishing. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround. Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge and the work of Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon.


The Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) is a unique collaborative project focused on developing and applying software to manage mission-critical materials data in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors. It was founded in 2002 by materials-oriented corporations and government agencies with the objective of identifying best practice materials data management and creating and implementing the software tools to support this approach.


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