Altair Engineering To Acquire Mecalog Group

TROY, Mich. USA and ANTONY, France (June 20, 2006) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and decision-making, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Mecalog Group and its RADIOSS product family of computer-aided engineering (CAE) software technology. Headquartered in Antony, France, Mecalog is a leading global developer of transient, non-linear CAE technology to simulate safety related performance as well as other impact events. Under the terms of the acquisition, Mecalog’s global sales force, software development and support staff will also become part of Altair. Specific financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

"The Mecalog acquisition will add a globally respected and talented software development and sales organization to the Altair enterprise. There are many cultural and technological similarities between Altair and Mecalog, making the acquisition a natural fit. We look forward to welcoming Mecalog’s employees, customers and partners into the Altair family," said James R. Scapa, president and CEO of Altair Engineering. "The addition of Mecalog’s technology and industry expertise will further strengthen Altair’s technology portfolio for product lifecycle management (PLM)."

Following the acquisition of Mecalog, the Altair® HyperWorks® CAE technology suite will contain robust solver solutions for linear, non-linear, fluid and fluid structure interaction, structural optimization and multi-body dynamics applications, while delivering best-in-class modeling, visualization and process automation solutions. With an ongoing commitment to an open-systems software philosophy, Altair will continue to invest heavily and support independent software vendor (ISV) relationships to ensure the highest level of integration with third-party applications.

Francis Arnaudeau, chief technologist and co-founder of Mecalog, will join Altair as managing director of the RADIOSS development organization. In this role, he will continue to oversee RADIOSS software development and lead the advancement of this technology.

"The combination of Altair and the RADIOSS technology suite will lead the CAE industry and Mecalog is happy to become part of a world-class organization like Altair," said Francis Arnaudeau, managing director of Mecalog. "The strength and global footprint of Altair will provide existing RADIOSS customers and new customers with the highest-level of support and enable new product development and integration benefiting key vertical industries that rely on our technology."

To strongly increase the level of service and rapidly assess the opportunities to drive more value for current Mecalog customers, Altair will significantly ramp up technical and customer support for RADIOSS products throughout its global operations. Mecalog currently has more than 120 customers globally including Airbus, Alstom, Centro Ricerche Fiat, EADS, Eurocopter, Faurecia, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Pininfarina, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Volvo Truck. Altair’s current customer base exceeds 3,000 which include a number of common customers with Mecalog.

"Altair and Mecalog have a number of mutual customers who will benefit from a higher level of technology integration and crossover software applications brought together by this acquisition. Moreover, the acquisition broadens Altair’s industry presence within the aerospace, naval, energy, nuclear, civil engineering and medical markets," continued Mr. Scapa.

The software development teams plan to work closely together to develop roadmaps for the combined Altair and RADIOSS product solutions. Initial integration plans include bringing RADIOSS software products under Altair’s patented HyperWorks Unit licensing system to dramatically increase the overall value proposition for all HyperWorks and RADIOSS customers.

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About the Mecalog Group
The Mecalog Group mission is to provide a range of robust and competitive products and services with strong added value in the area of mechanical computer assisted engineering (MCAE), focusing in the area of numerical simulation of non-linear phenomena in applied mechanics.

RADIOSS, a widely acclaimed explicit and implicit finite-element analysis program, enables the simulation of mechanical, structural, fluid and fluid-structure interaction phenomena under quasi static and dynamic event, taking into account the non-linear materials behavior. RADIOSS can therefore simulate problems as varied as passive safety, stamping, forming, aero-acoustics and structural wave propagation. Visit for additional information.

About Altair Engineering
Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 850 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit

Altair and HyperWorks are registered trademarks of Altair Engineering, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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