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solidThinking Announces the First Channel Partner in South Africa

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Altair South Africa
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Altair Corporate/North America
Jennifer Korail

solidThinking to launch to the South African market at Afrimold 2015

Stellenbosch, South Africa – Tuesday May 5, 2015 – solidThinking Inc (www.solidthinking.com) announced today that it has signed productONE (www.prodone.com) as its first channel partner in South Africa. productONE will introduce the South African market to solidThinking Inspire software and will be offering support and workshops to customers in the region.

“We are very excited to introduce solidThinking Inspire to this region through our newest partner,” said Gronum Smith, Country Manager for Altair South Africa. “Ensuring growth and customer support in this region is essential and productONE is our ideal partner, with its strong reputation in technical expertise and service.”

Parent company of solidThinking, Altair (www.altair.com), acquired EM Software & Systems SA (EMSS), the developer of the FEKO electromagnetics analysis suite, in June 2014. Today, FEKO is now part of Altair’s HyperWorks® simulation suite and Stellenbosch has become the center of operations for Altair to support clients in South Africa with applying technologies like HyperWorks and solidThinking Inspire.

solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.

Charles Anderson, managing director of productONE, said, “We look forward to introducing solidThinking Inspire to our breadth of valued solutions. This addition to our product portfolio will ensure that we continue to deliver cutting edge technologies to our customers.”

Located in Centurion, Pretoria, productONE is a leading software solutions supplier, assisting customers transform the way they create and service products across the entire product lifecycle- from conception and design to sourcing and service.

solidThinking Inspire focuses on enhancing the concept development process by proposing designs that can be rapidly iterated and easily exported to the user’s preferred computer-aided design (CAD) tool. There is a strong emphasis on ease of use while adding new features like geometry simplification tools for easier model setup and analysis to help users verify their concepts, all directly in the Inspire interface. These new features will allow the design community to apply Inspire to a much broader set of design problems.

solidThinking will launch Inspire to the South African market at Afrimold 2015, a component show of the comprehensive South African Industry and Technology Fair Indutec. AfriMold will now take place alongside 11 other Indutec exhibitions at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, from 20 – 22 May 2015 on stand F20.

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About productONE
productONE are industry experts in Product Development, Product Lifecycle Management and Service Lifecycle Management. With a specific focus on aligning business processes with customer’s high level business strategies so as to deliver exceptional value. productONE is headquartered in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa with over 40 dedicated employees serving aa large number of clients in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. To lean more, please visit www.prodone.com.

About solidThinking
solidThinking creates, develops and markets technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks® suite. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich. (USA)-based Altair.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,300 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates more than 45 offices throughout 23 countries including South Africa. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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