French-based Dassault Systemes announcement confirming their acquisition of leading manufacturing ERP software and manufacturing execution systems company IQMS is exciting news for small and medium-sized manufacturers.
Dassault’s acquisition extends the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for manufacturing companies seeking to digitally transform their business operations by helping them to adopt and optimise new ways of producing and doing business in order to innovate and accelerate their growth in an increasingly competitive, global marketplace.
IQMS’s manufacturing software, for which Proximity is a certified reseller and provides implementation services across the UK, Ireland and Europe, enables businesses to manage engineering, manufacturing and operations by digitally connecting order processing, scheduling, production and shipping processes in real-time.
Used by over 1,000 manufacturers globally, IQMS customers predominately work in the automotive, industrial equipment, medical device, consumer goods, and consumer packaged goods industries.
Their customers include Westfall Technik, KKSP Precision Machining, AMA Plastics, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, FlowBelow Aero Inc., Global Interconnect, Inc., Jabil Packaging Solutions, Schnipke Precision Molding, Steinwall Inc., Scientific, Inc., Sturgis Molded Products, Tribar, and Ventura Manufacturing Inc.
“We must no longer think of industry as a set of means of production, but as a process of value creation. This applies not only to disruptive startups and established corporations, but also to the hundreds of thousands of mainstream manufacturers that produce parts integral to the development of new consumer experiences. In that context, we are creating ‘3DEXPERIENCE@WORKS’: a new family of business applications based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for the mainstream market. The IQMS Manufacturing ERP portfolio rebranded as DELMIA WORKS is part of this new business applications family to serve the mainstream manufacturers,” said Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.
By integrating IQMS’s solutions into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, Dassault Systèmes will provide these manufacturers with an affordable system for operations that improves the collaboration, manufacturing efficiency and business agility needed to serve their customers successfully.
Manufacturers – many of them SOLIDWORKS users – also gain the flexibility to rapidly scale-up as a business grows. In parallel, these manufacturers can engage in new business opportunities and create value by supplying their manufacturing know-how and services to a large community of designers and engineers in Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace – the world’s largest virtual factory.
Commenting on the acquisition, Gary Nemmers, President & CEO, IQMS said:
“For years, our business has been committed to maximizing our manufacturing customers’ success by delivering a comprehensive manufacturing ERP system built specifically for the mid-market manufacturers and backed by extensive support and educational services, which has earned us recognition in a number of industry reports and numerous business awards. As part of Dassault Systèmes, we can take the next steps in providing customers with new approaches to achieving operational efficiency and effectiveness and doing so with a global reach.”
“Given my experience with manufacturing, finance and industry investments, I’m very excited about the future for IQMS and our relationship. This merger represents a turning point in technology for IQMS; the opportunity is immense. Companies like KKSP and all of IQMS’ manufacturing customers will reap tremendous benefit from the enterprise perspective of an international technology partner such as Dassault Systèmes. Dassault Systèmes is a leader in innovation and inspires confidence that we will have the best resources available for future growth,” said Mark Murray, CFO, KKSP Precision Machining.
Dassault Systèmes will help IQMS expand its customer base by leveraging the presence in the mid-market space achieved with Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS applications, which are delivered and supported by the company’s Professional Solutions global partner channel.
“At Westfall Technik, we focus on innovation, design and bringing the best manufacturing practices from around the world to all of our operations,” said Brian Jones, Founder, Westfall Technik, Inc. “IQMS joining forces with Dassault Systèmes is exactly the kind of innovation we like to see from our partners. IQMS’s strength in manufacturing operations and Dassault Systèmes’ strength in design and digital transformation is a great outcome for Westfall Technik. We currently use both IQMS and SOLIDWORKS in multiple locations. We definitely look forward to the new partnership.”