Dassault Systèmes acquires SFE GmbH

Dear Madam / Sir, Dear Business Partners,

Today, it is with great pleasure that I inform you that SFE GmbH has been acquired by Dassault Systèmes and will take part in “The 3DEXPERIENCE journey”.

In August 2012, SFE Group signed a V5 CAA Adopter Agreement with Dassault Systèmes, leveraging the openness of its V5 Architecture. The very positive response from our customers, and the spirit of partnership which we experienced with Dassault Systèmes, naturally lead us to intensify our talks. We discovered, after several discussions, that synergies between SFE and Dassault Systèmes ran deep and our strategies and technologies were a natural fit to advance Dassault Systèmes’ vision for 3DEXPERIENCE.

It is a great honor for the entire SFE team and for me personally to join the family of our market’s global leader, Dassault Systèmes. This acquisition is recognition of the more than thirty years of development and research work executed by our company. SFE products, especially SFE CONCEPT and SFE AKUSMOD™, are used and valued the world over. We are convinced that our portfolio and products will play a decisive role in addressing industry challenges ahead and enriching the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

In a common agreement with Philippe Laufer, CEO of Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA Brand, we have decided that existing SFE products will not only continue to be maintained, but will be developed further to augment the footprint. The SFE team in Berlin will remain in charge of quality assurance and innovative development. Our SFE CHINA subsidiary will represent the joint 3DS-SFE application portfolio on the Asian market.

Together, we will make the development process more consistent and faster, from the early design phase right through to the production phase. The paradigmatic change from sequential Design/Simulation towards a simultaneous Design/Simulation will thus be possible.

The integration of SFE products into the rich product portfolio of Dassault Systèmes will add further value to the simulation chain. This applies to both linear, such as NVH, as well as non-linear, analyses, such as crash. Direct evaluation of the parametric simulation geometry resulting from SFE technology will become possible in both interactive and closed variant cycles thanks to the simulation products from Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA application. Direct read of an evaluated function as CATIA geometry is possible for the downstream production process. The latter will be implemented both in CATIA V5, and in CATIA based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Please allow me a final personal remark in my capacity as the company’s founder, president and CEO for many years. Although we have managed to introduce SFE and SFE’s products worldwide and to make the brand globally known, the company has kept a clear and lean structure. This was my personal wish in order to maintain personal contacts with the team. My personal contacts with many employees and decision-makers at customers, universities and research institutions all over the world also reflect this structure.

As agreed with Dassault Systèmes, I am pleased to continue supporting SFE as a consultant with passion and determination, in order to facilitate the integration of SFE products and the related expertise into Dassault Systèmes exciting and innovative world of 3DEXPERIENCE. As shared with Mr Laufer, together, we will build breakthrough experiences for the mechanical engineering market, bringing to users an innovative solution “from body conceptual engineering to full generative body detailing.“

I would like to sincerely thank all of our partners for their trust, intensive discussions and support during the past thirty years. As to prepare the future, we have appointed Mr. Manohar Prabhu, a long-time member of the SFE team, as the company’s new Managing Director. Please support Mr. Prabhu with the same trust, expertise and collaboration with which you have supported me over the years.

Berlin, July 25th 2013

Hans Zimmer
President & CEO SFE GmbH (retired)

President & CEO AVD SFE Corp.
Mobile Phone: + 49 173 37 17 732
Email: h.zimmer@sfe-berlin.de
Manohar Prabhu
Managing Director SFE GmbH
Phone: +49 30 4677670
Email: prabhu@sfe-berlin.de