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Dassault buys Calif. firm for $205m

Dassault Systèmes SA, a French company with nearly 1,000 employees in Massachusetts, said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Apriso Corp. for about $205 million.

Dassault Systèmes specializes in computer-aided design and three-dimensional design software. California-based Apriso provides manufacturing software.

Apriso’s software enriches the manufacturing operations management capabilities of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, Dassault Systèmes said.

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3DExperience is used by such customers as General Motors, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, L’Oreal, and Volvo CE.

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“This acquisition will merge 3DExperience and Apriso’s solutions and deliver a new business experience to our customers,” Bernard Charlès, the president and chief executive of Dassault Systèmes, said in a prepared statement.

“The question isn’t simply, ‘what is the next innovative idea?’ but rather ‘Can you produce your idea quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively? Can you excel in global business responsiveness and local production agility?’ These are the questions the 3DExperience business platform answers.”

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.