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Aras, an American company started up in 2000 in Andover, near Boston, has developed open-source PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software with service-oriented architecture (SOA). Already operating in the US, Germany and Japan, Aras has decided to set up in France as part of its international strategy, choosing Lyon as the location of its new sales office in May 2015.

Aderly helped the firm get set up here, not only for the location search, but also by giving advice on human resources and by introducing Aras to the players of the digital sector. This project should generate the creation of a 10-person team within 3 years, which will supplement the group’s workforce of nearly 200 people across 3 continents.

Aras chose Lyon in particular thanks to the concentration of potential customers identified by the group in the region, especially industrial companies. Indeed, Aras offers PLM software for companies with complex processes and products, particularly in the aeronautical and transportation industries and the healthcare sector. Advanced PLM platform technology makes Aras Innovator a scalable, flexible, secure solution that provides a full range of applications for companies of all sizes. Aras’ portfolio includes references such as GE, GETRAG, Hitachi, Honda, Motorola, Textron and Xerox.

More info at http://www.aras-plm.fr and on Twitter @aras_plm