GRAITEC continues to expand with strategic acquisition in the UK of Autodesk Gold Reseller MicroCAD


GRAITEC has announced a strategic acquisition of Autodesk Gold Reseller MicroCAD (through its UK Subsidiary Adris Ltd.) The addition of MicroCAD to the GRAITEC family stands testimony to the Groups long term commitment and rapid growth strategy.

Adris Ltd, already a highly respected Autodesk Platinum reseller in the UK supplying design software and services continues to grow its UK base, and through this acquisition aims to perpetuate growth by providing sales, support & consulting services across the whole of the UK via five strategic locations ideally placed to offer the best possible service to its customers nationwide.

MicroCAD Ltd is a full service provider for Autodesk products for the Architectural, Construction Engineering and Mechanical industry markets. With nearly 30 years’ experience, MicroCAD has the in depth knowledge to develop tailored solutions and then supply, install, support and provide training and consultancy services to help its customers achieve maximum results.

As a growing company MicroCAD is already an Autodesk Gold reseller and from this acquisition all of MicroCAD’s customers will benefit from coming under the Adris umbrella of being a Platinum Autodesk reseller offering the very best service and support globally.

Francis Guillemard, CEO and founder of GRAITEC commented “The acquisition of MicroCAD will benefit all UK customers needing first class expertise and services around Autodesk products. The acquisition contributes further making GRAITEC a leading Autodesk European partner and significantly reinforces the position of the group on the construction engineering and BIM market“.

Steve Houlder, Managing Director of Adris Ltd, stated “The synergies between the two companies will ensure no matter where the customers location they will never be far away from our five strategic locations, and the high level of customer service will allow for continuity of service. By adding MicroCAD, it affirms our position in the UK as one of foremost providers of Autodesk software and consultancy. We look forward to welcoming all customers and staff into the fold“.

Neil Wright, Sales Director of MicroCAD comments “This is great news for all MicroCAD existing staff and customers. The joining of two of the top UK resellers together will provide an even higher level of service and expertise supporting customers large and small across the whole of the United Kingdom“.

The combined company will have a turnover in excess of £17M with over 70 staff supporting 1000’s of customers across the UK. The companies will continue to trade under their respective brands until the full integration is complete.

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GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in Malaysia


GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in MalaysiaGRAITEC, a leading worldwide software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions has signed a new business partnership withVR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd, a company located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The cooperation agreement signed between the two companies entitles VR CAM Technologies to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in Malaysia.

Changing demographics such as an annual population growth of about two percent, migration and socio-economic growth are resulting in the building construction market expansion, as these changing demographics increase demand for new buildings and refurbishment of existing ones. In Malaysia, construction of non-residential and residential buildings contributed between 40 to 55 percent of the total construction market between 2006 and 2009. The market revenues for building construction reached approximately $7.21 billion in 2008 and $6.67 billion in 2009, and it will potentially hit the $9.00 billion mark by 2015. (Source: Asia Pacific Environmental & Building Technologies Practice, Frost & Sullivan).

VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a solution provider for the Civil and Structural engineering disciplines, with focus on structural analysis and design for steel concrete and post-tensioned structures. Since 1996 VR CAM Technologies has grown from strength to strength and is now a formidable organization where the key focus in meeting client interest and offering professional training services is the core ideal. VR CAM Technologies service the Education, Government, Construction, Power and Oil and Gas Industries, with main focus being on Malaysia and minor focus on South East Asia.

VR CAM Technologies’ engineers and specialists have experience in structural design for steel and concrete, including post-tensioned/pre-stressed Building and Bridge structures. Their engineers and specialist consultants have up to 15 years design experience and when it comes to training, they provide their clients with training on best practices and on the efficient use of the software they distribute.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Pte Ltd (Singapore, Asia Pacific), comments: “I am pleased to welcome VR CAM Technologies into GRAITEC’s network. There are many Malaysian companies doing steel structural shop drawing and that are still looking for the right solution.

Sundram Narendra, Managing Director at VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd adds: “We are particularly excited by our latest business relationship with Graitec who will be filling in an important hole in our software portfolio. Graitec now provides us and our clients an excellent steel detailing and fabrication solution Advance Steel that will allow us to compete and increase market share for a solution worthy to be positioned as the BEST!

About VR CAM Technologies Sdb Bhd
VR-CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a privately owned engineering software distributor that was formed in 1996 to service the Construction Industry by way of structural and infrastructure analysis and design software. We have expanded our scope to include the fabrication, power, and oil and gas industries. Our state of the art solutions for drafting, modeling, analysis, design and detailing for multi-material structures including steel, reinforced concrete, and post-tensioned structures are by far the most widely used in the world. We stand by our products and offer support services which are renowned for timely delivery and accuracy. For more information, please visit www.vrctech.com

Successful Advance Steel User meeting in Netherlands


A user meeting was organized by MATRIX Software, the GRAITEC reseller of Advance Steel in Netherlands on the 29th November for the users from Netherlands and the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium. More than 50 end-users were present at this event which took place in Gorinchem (Netherlands).

The companies Stageco&Breetec explained in details how they successfully used Advance Steel to model in 3D the impressive stage of the U2 Tour.

Matrix software finished the meeting with the presentation of prizes for the 3 best projects in their 2011 Advance Steel User competition.

Marc Verstraten (from Breetec company), winner of the first prize in the 2011 user contest, explains: “Advance Steel was the right software solution to handle the type of complex project for the conveyor for Arcelor-Mittal, and although the project did not use a lot of the standard connections from Advance Steel, it still was possible to create the complete model with Advance Steel objects. As more than 50% of the project consists of folded plates we were especially satisfied with the Advance Steel bending and unfolding capabilities, plus also the drawings that Advance Steel produced more than met the accuracy requirements for this type of construction.
We are very proud to win the first prize in the 2011 user contest. It confirms that smaller companies can produce complicated designs and thereby acurately achieve the higher level of complexity required in so many modern design. We will keep improving our skills with Advance Steel by pushing ourselves and the program further to the limit. 

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GRAITEC expands into Australia and New Zealand markets


 GRAITEC  announces a new strategic distribution agreement with CIM Solutions, a premier engineering software solutions company located in Sydney, New South Wales. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles CIM Solutions to promote, distribute and support the Advance Steel product line in Australia and New Zealand. 

 CIM Solutions (Computer Integrated Manufacturing Solutions) has been involved in the CAD/CAM/CAE marketplace since 1986 and has been working extensively with both mechanical and construction software companies since its first involvement in steel detailing.

With the appointment of CIM Solutions, our Value Added Reseller program is enriched with a company that combines the knowledge of structural design and civil engineering, and contacts within their local markets with a comprehensive appreciation of GRAITEC’s technology solutions.

GRAITEC and CIM Solutions share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions which will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing. This new relationships will greatly improve the engineering value chain and act as a win-win for both the companies and the customers.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “I am very pleased to welcome CIM Solutions into our VAR channel. This is an exciting time for GRAITEC as we keep expanding across Asia-Pacific. Australian and New Zealand markets represent endless opportunities, as the construction industries and the mining industry are major drivers of activity in this region. With our new partnership we are given the opportunity to target these segments and continue our leadership in the BIM market.

Steve Thomas, Sales Director of CIM Solutions adds: We see many positive benefits in GRAITEC’s products that we believe will be very attractive to our customers. GRAITEC has obviously put an enormous amount of research into giving the industry exactly what it needs and we are proud to work with them in the Australian and New Zealand markets. We look forward to many years of mutually beneficial association.

 About CIM SOLUTIONS  
The people at CIM Solutions have been involved in the CAD/CAM industry for over 20 years. They have experience as both users and suppliers and that gives them a unique perspective on what the customers actually want. Their goal is to supply and support the best possible engineering solutions for our customers. For more information, please visit www.cimsolutions.com.au.