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Opticore assets acquired

19 June 2007

Autodesk has signed an agreement to acquire certain assets of Opticore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Design Communication, that provides software for interactive and realistic 3D visualisations and presentations. The acquisition assists Autodesk’s aim to deliver solutions that support designers and manufacturers and enable them to implement a Digital Prototyping solution.

Opticore is a graphics communication software provider, delivering advanced technology used to produce interactive and realistic 3D digital product visualisations and presentations. Opticore products leverage digital prototypes from computer-aided-design (CAD) and computer-aided-industrial-design (CAID) to reduce the need for physical prototypes, shorten development cycles and increase communication between designers, managers and customers.

Autodesk currently plans to continue the development of Opticore technology and supporting Opticore customers. Through the combination of Autodesk and Opticore experience and technology, Autodesk will be able to deliver more advanced visualisation options by leveraging real-time ray tracing and a deep engineering knowledge base.

“The acquisition of Opticore technology is part of Autodesk’s commitment to set the direction for Digital Prototyping and offer a complete solution across the Manufacturing industry,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. “By adding Opticore products, Autodesk intends to offer the most complete design visualisation solution in the market, providing automotive and product designers the opportunity to select the most cutting edge visualisation product that best meets their needs.”

“Autodesk and Opticore products together will offer the market a superior visualisation solution,” says Stefan Hallin, Chairman of Design Communication. “Customers of both companies will benefit from this announcement.”

Opticore customers include major automotive manufacturers in all continents as well as large manufacturers. Automotive clients include: AUDI AG, Ford Motor Company (with the brands Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover), Hyundai, KIA, FAW, Brilliance Auto, Tata Motor, Mahindra Mahindra, Bajaj Auto, Honda and Nissan Mitsubishi. Consumer product and transportation customers include: Canon Inc, Philips Consumer, Nokia Mobile, Electrolux and Bombardier Trains. Opticore has almost 50 clients throughout Asia including all eight major automotive manufacturers in Japan.


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