Takeover in EM/3D CAD space; Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST

July 22, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Dassault Systèmes (Velizy-Villacoublay, France) vendor of 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CST - Computer Simulation Technology AG, supplier of electromagnetic (EM) and electronics simulation, for approximately €220 million.

With the acquisition of CST, based near Frankfurt, Germany, Dassault Systèmes says it will complement its products for realistic multiphysics simulation on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, with full-spectrum EM simulation. CST’s CST STUDIO SUITE software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 companies in the high-tech, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defence, and energy industries to evaluate all types of EM effects during every stage of electronic system design processes. Customers include Airbus Defence and Space, Bosch Group, Frauscher Sensor Technology and Sirona. CST’s 2015 revenue was about €47 million.


“Electromagnetism is an essential part of a multiphysics simulation strategy for the development of smart and connected products, and IoT devices—from their complex design, to ensuring the performance, reliability and safety of their interactions with their surrounding environment,” said Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.


“We know firsthand the formidable design hurdles our customers face today,” said Dr. Bernhard Wagner, one of the Managing Directors of CST. “Increasingly, multiphysics have to be addressed during the design process in order to develop the most robust products and systems.”


Dassault Systèmes will integrate CST’s solutions into its existing portfolio of industry solution experiences for simulating structural mechanics, multi-body systems, heat transfer and fluids. The company aims to offer “a new industry standard” in multiphysics and multiscale simulation of autonomous cars, connected homes, medical equipment, wearable electronics and other smart objects... to quickly create and analyze high fidelity electromagnetic behavioural models that simulate electronic, antenna, electrical device and electromechanical product function across all frequencies and length scales, as well as access design synthesis and simulation tools needed for intricate electronic systems design.


The purchase price of CST will be paid in cash. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions precedent, including antitrust approvals in Germany and Austria. The transaction will be immediately accretive to Dassault Systèmes’ earnings. Closing is expected for Q4 2016.