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MacGregor Selects Aras for Enterprise PLM

Leading Global Manufacturer Chooses Aras to standardize development processes, Change Management and product data across multiple different development sites

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – September 19, 2017 – Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced that MacGregor, a leading provider of cargo handling solutions and services with the goal of becoming the leader in intelligent cargo handling, has selected Aras Innovator® as their PLM backbone. Aras Innovator® will be implemented across more than 10 sites.

Key drivers in MacGregor’s selection were flexibility, platform capabilities, speed of implementation, breadth of functionality and upgradeability including customizations.

Working with Aras gold certified partner Minerva, MacGregor plans to implement Aras Innovator® to streamline the related processes. “We are excited to implement Aras Innovator,” said Pär Dehlin (Director Product Lifecycle Management). “The Aras Innovator Suite will enable us to have a backbone on top of the current engineering data solutions we have, and over time incorporate more and more functionality from these solutions into Aras. We have defined a roadmap where we step-by-step will harmonize our engineering systems landscape by extending the functionality of Aras over and beyond what our current PDM/PLM applications are used for.”

MacGregor, like many of other companies, have through the years built up a range of applications to support them from the early stages of development until the equipment is installed and serviced. However, all these applications are mostly isolated islands of data without transparency, traceability and process alignment. “It is interesting to see that more and more of the larger companies take Aras in as their backbone, even on top of traditional PLM applications. This is done because they need a flexible platform and a rich application that can manage advanced information structures, and link them together in order to establish the digital thread all the way from requirements through design to how it is installed & maintained to enable the digital twin.” explained Leon Lauritsen, VP at Minerva, Europe’s leading Aras Certified Gold Partner working with MacGregor.

“Worldwide, manufacturers are struggling with legacy IT architectures that cannot support their current product development processes. In response, they are turning to the Aras PLM Platform to align design disciplines and enable full product lifecycle traceability. There’s no doubt that companies such as MacGregor who are first to transform their processes will be the pacesetters for their industry,” said Peter Schroer, CEO and President of Aras.

About MacGregor
MacGregor’s sales totaled EUR 778 million in 2016 and MacGregor employs approximately 2.000 people. MacGregor has personnel in 32 countries with more than 70 offices. The largest countries are Norway, Germany, China, Sweden, Singapore and Finland.MacGregor is part of Cargotec. Cargotec (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions with the goal of becoming the leader in intelligent cargo handling. Cargotec’s sales in 2016 totaled approximately EUR 3.5 billion and it employs over 11.000 people.

About Minerva
Founded in 1995, Minerva specializes in the development and implementation of Enterprise solutions in both PLM and ERP. Established as Europe’s largest Aras implementation partner, Minerva offers a full range of PLM services, productivity tools, integrations and complete industry solutions. The company works closely with its customers, challenging ineffective modes of operation and providing insight and expertise to drive results and help customers reach their business objectives. For more information, visit

About Aras
We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Resilient PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and upgradable for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for the business of engineering. Customers include Airbus, GE, Hitachi, Honda, Huntington Ingalls, Kawasaki, Motorola and XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. More at and follow us on Twitter @aras_plm and LinkedIn.

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