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Aras Expands Global Operations and Opens Japanese Headquarters

Expansion Supports Growing Demand for Advanced PLM Solutions throughout the Region

Troy, Michigan and Munich, Germany – May 2, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced expanded operations in Asia and the opening of its Japanese headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The expansion is in response to growing demand globally for the Aras Innovator suite of PLM solutions. As part of its newly extended operations, Aras will add consulting and support operations, and strengthen its current partner network throughout the region. The announcement was made at ACE 2012 International, Aras’s global community conference.

Aras is the developer of Aras Innovator®, the fastest growing PLM solution in the industry. Based on an enterprise open source model, only Aras offers complete PLM functionality for unlimited users with no PLM license cost. Leading companies throughout the world, including Seiko, Hitachi, Mitsubishi and NOK in Japan, rely on Aras to improve time to market, reduce costs and maximize profitability.

“In today’s market with short product lifecycles and dynamic conditions, businesses need next generation PLM solutions that can keep pace with ever-changing demands. Aras expansion in Japan offers companies throughout the region a highly flexible, scalable and secure PLM solution that drives results and provides a distinct competitive business advantage,” said Masahiko Hisatsugu, President of Aras Japan.

Aras Japan marks the company’s second regional headquarters, complementing Aras EMEA in Switzerland. In addition, in December of 2011 Aras doubled the space of its global headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, U.S. to accommodate future growth. Aras has more than 80 partners around the world and its PLM technology is used in more than 140 countries around the globe.

“The response to Aras has been very strong in Japan and we are pleased to increase our investment in the region. Leading businesses throughout Japan, like many around the world, recognize the value of the Aras platform and business model. Our customers are able to significantly reduce the risk of a global PLM deployment while enjoying a true partnership with their provider,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras.

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About Aras Innovator
Aras Innovator® is the only PLM solution based on an enterprise open source business model and powered by advanced model-based SOA technology. Aras’s innovative architectural approach and comprehensive out-of-the-box functionality ensure that customers can deploy quickly and iteratively adapt their PLM environment in a fraction of the time required by conventional enterprise PLM/PDM systems. Aras Innovator delivers highly scalable, flexible and secure PLM solutions across a full spectrum of product development, supply chain, quality and manufacturing applications.

About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm