July 19, 2010
ANSYS turns 40!
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"The automotive market is highly competitive, and technological advances are being incorporated in modern cars at an ever-faster pace. To stay at the top, there is no way around applying simulation tools to drive product development and innovation. Our decision for simulation software from ANSYS is based on the depth and breadth of the solution we needed to cover our simulation needs," said Dr. Ralph Sundermeier, head of the Department for CAE-methods at Volkswagen AG.
"The ANSYS Workbench concept is convincing because we can easily do coupled simulations and, in this way, accurately account for the entire range of physics."

Volkswagen AG

The Volkswagen Group, headquartered in Wolfsburg (Germany), is one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2008, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 6.257 million (2007: 6.190 million), corresponding to a 10.3 percent share of the world passenger car market. In Western Europe, the largest car market in the world, just over one in five new cars (20.3 percent) comes from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales rose in 2008 to 113.8 billion euros (2007: 108.9 billion). Profit after tax in the 2008 financial year amounted to 4.69 billion euros (2007: 4.12 billion). The Group operates 61 production plants in
fifteen European countries and a further six countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Around the world, nearly 370,000 employees produce more than 26,600 vehicles or are involved in vehicle-related services each working day. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in more than 150 countries.


Products from ANSYS are used by innovative companies all over the world in a variety of applications:
  • ANSYS products are used around the world by 97 of the top 100 industrial companies on the FORTUNE Global 500 list.
  • ANSYS products are used by 16 of the top 20 most innovative companies in the world today, according to a Business Week report prepared by The Boston Consulting Group.

  • ANSYS has been recognized as a strong financial performer by a number of sources:
  • Fastest-Growing Companies list (2009) includes profitable, publicly traded companies with at least $50 million in annual revenue and a market capitalization of at least $250 million, with yearly revenue and earnings per share growth of at least 20%. In 2009, ANSYS ranked number 33 overall, the only engineering simulation provider and the only Pennsylvania-based company to make the list. Of the 24 companies in the technology sector, ANSYS was in the top 10, ranked at number eight.

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Shareholder Scoreboard (2007), an annual ranking of 1,000 companies in 75 industries based on their stock performance over the past year and other time periods. In 2007, ANSYS ranked number nine on the best performers' 10-year list, with a 36.8% average annual return for a decade. In addition, ANSYS was ranked number one in the Software Industry Group with a one-year return of 90.7%, as well as number 14 on the Scoreboard's Honor Roll, a compilation of companies that earned straight-A ratings, ranked on five-year average compound annual total returns through year-end 2007.

  • The
  • CRO (Corporate Responsibility Officer) (2009), an annual ranking of Russell 1000 companies using publically available data, considering financial, employee relations, governance, philanthropy, human rights, environment and climate change issues

  • Deloitte's
  • Technology Fast 500 (2009), a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the previous five-year period. In 2009, ANSYS ranked at number 443, with GAAP revenue growth of 256%.

  • Oliver Wyman's
  • Shareholder Performance IndexSM (2010, 2009, 2008), a ranking of the top 450 publicly quoted companies worldwide in the communications, media and technology sectors. In 2008, with an overall SPI score of 317 - three times the average - ANSYS placed 21st out of the 450 CMT companies on the list. In the technology sector, ANSYS ranked fifth, just behind well-known computer and consumer electronics manufacturers.

  • CIOZone list of 40
  • Fastest-Growing Big Software Vendors (2007), based on revenue and profit of publicly held software companies in the United States. Ranked fifth in 2007, ANSYS was one of only two engineering simulation software companies that made the list.

  • Forbes magazine's
  • Fast 15 list (2008, 2007), a compilation of attractive companies with potential to become rapidly growing technology businesses (in anticipation of qualifying for Forbes' America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies list)

  • Forbes magazine's 200
  • Best Small Companies (2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000), for which businesses must clear a series of exacting hurdles, including five-year sales and earnings-per-share (EPS) growth rates of at least 5% and net income of more than $1 million during the past four quarters. ANSYS ranked 85th in 2009, the seventh time the Company made the list over the past nine years.

  • FORTUNE Small Business
  • Fastest-Growing list (2006, 2005, 2004), compiled by financial research firm Zacks by screening annual reports for public companies with annual revenue of less than $200 million and a stock price of more than $1; companies are ranked based on earnings growth, revenue growth and stock performance over the past three years. In 2006, ANSYS ranked number 63, advancing significantly from its position on the previous year's list (90). It was the third consecutive year that the Company made the list.

  • Baseline magazine's 40
  • Fastest-Growing Software Companies (2007), a survey that amounts to a health check on the enterprise software industry. In 2007, ANSYS ranked 63rd out of 84 organizations that made the list.

  • 01consulting (2008), which specializes in evaluating the CAE industry in Europe, cited ANSYS as the continent's leader in engineering simulation software sales

  • Business 2.0 magazine's
  • B2 100 (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002), which ranks the fastest-growing technology companies based on a review of 2,000 publicly traded companies. In 2006, ANSYS made the list for the fifth consecutive year, ranked 61st overall.

  • Business Week magazine's list of 100
  • Best Small Hot Growth Companies (2004, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999), which evaluates organizations based on sales growth, earnings growth and return on invested capital

  • Software Magazine's
  • Software 500 (2009, 2008, 2007), a ranking of the world's largest software and service providers. In 2009, ANSYS ranked number 99.

  • Software Top 100 (2009, 2008, 2007), the leading and independent online overview of the world's largest software companies compiled by the Netherlands-based Top 100 Research Foundation. Companies are ranked according to their revenues coming from “prepackaged” software sales. In 2009, ANSYS ranked number 75.

    Stock indexes:

  • Effective 2008:
  • Russell 1000 Index; membership is determined by market cap and current index membership

  • Effective 2008: Cleantech Group's
  • Cleantech Index, which is the first stock market index to reflect the global demand for clean technology products and services

  • Standard & Poor's
  • MidCap 400 , a market capitalization-weighted benchmark index made up of 400 securities with market values between $200 million and $5 billion

  • Standard & Poor's prestigious annual
  • Global Challengers List , a roster of mid-sized companies that show the "highest growth characteristics." The list designates mid-size companies that show growth characteristics along dimensions encompassing intrinsic and extrinsic growth, which are expected to emerge as challengers to the world's leading companies.

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