Siemens Buys Brazilian MES Firm

posted on 10/7/2011 3:14:42 PM

The industrial automation firm’s latest tuck-in acquisition of Active SA expands its footprint into South America and strengthens its software portfolio by adding more solutions for the life sciences industries.

In a move that adds to its manufacturing execution system software portfolio, German automation giant Siemens has acquired Active SA, a Brazilian supplier of MES that targets the pharmaceutical and bioengineering industries.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, will enable Siemens Industry Automation to develop its global position in the manufacturing operations management market, the company said.

Active SA, said to be one of the leading MES providers of life sciences software in South America, has a staff of around 50 employees. Following the acquisition, the company will be integrated into the Siemens Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit.

Siemens, known for its automation platform technology, has strengthened its MES offering through tuck-in acquisitions, starting in 2001 with the purchase of Italian MES vendor Orsi. In recent years, the Industrial Automation division has acquired a number of software providers including U.S.-based UGS in 2007, which was spun off into the Siemens PLM division. In 2008, Siemens acquired Innotec, a German digital engineering firm; the following year, it bought French MES specialist Elan Software Systems, which, like Active, targets the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.