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Automated Product Development in South Africa Joins Aras Partner Program


Partnership Brings Enterprise Open Source PLM Software Solutions and Deployment Expertise to Companies across Southern Africa

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland - November 17, 2009 - Aras®, leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software solution provider, today announced that Automated Product Development (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s premier provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and services, has joined the Aras Partner Program.


APD will provide a full range of services for deploying the enterprise open source PLM software solutions from Aras including implementation consulting, systems integration, and ongoing administration. APD has proven expertise in complex enterprise-wide PLM software projects with industry knowledge spanning consumer goods, high tech, automotive, and defense, as well as, heavy manufacturing, mining, construction, engineering services, and utilities.


“Our PLM technology team is very impressed with the breadth of functionality and scalability that Aras offers. The Aras technology is much more advanced than the other systems from the major PLM players,” said Stanley Simpson, Product Development Manager for APD. “Providing comprehensive, feature-packed solutions as an enterprise open source offering which strips away all the PLM license costs is truly innovative. Aras enables companies to roll out PLM to users around the world in an economic manner.”


“We welcome APD to our partner program and to the growing Aras corporate community,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “APD’s significant PLM experience and reputation for excellence will benefit companies across Southern Africa that want to take advantage of the Aras solutions and need a trusted local partner.”


About Automated Product Development
Automated Product Development is South Africa’s premier solution and services provider for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), product design, business and product development, systems integration, hosting, system maintenance and administration. Since inception in 2005, APD has remained at the forefront of engineering and Internet technologies, leading local industry in all aspects of development and innovation. APD is headquartered in the Innovation Hub in Pretoria South Africa, the only Science Park in Africa, and maintains a US presence with offices in Detroit Michigan. For more information visit www.prodevzone.net


About Aras
Aras® is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com