Accenture to Expand Digital Engineering Capabilities with the Acquisition of PLM Systems

Accenture | May 20, 2020

Accenture in Italy has entered into an agreement to acquire Turin-based boutique systems integrator PLM Systems. The acquisition will expand Accenture’s capabilities to help clients improve how they generate, manage and benefit from product data in design, engineering and manufacturing.

Founded in 1996, PLM Systems specializes in designing and building information systems for product lifecycle management. Its clients are Italian and international automotive, industrial equipment, fashion and aerospace and defense companies. Product lifecycle management systems help companies manage all relevant information about a product from its inception to its disposal. Companies can use them in engineering and other functions to innovate and manage new products.

The acquisition of PLM Systems will boost Accenture’s capabilities and presence in the market for digital engineering services. Its team will join Accenture Industry X.0 in Italy. This is the part of Accenture that uses digital technologies to continuously improve how industrial companies design, engineer and manufacture products and services and operate industrial facilities.

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