Buyin' 'em up
Cambashi is a CAD market analysis firm out of England, and this week it held a Webinar intriguingly named "Assessing Investment Opportunities in the CAE market." (The company also provides consulting and training.) I listened in to hear what they had to say.
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One of the first stats blew me away: There are 470 non-EDA companies providing 2D and 3D CAE and physics simulation software. The biggest names are listed below.
As the Cambashi Webinar was about the opportunities in acquiring a CAE firm, one obvious purchaser that jumped out at me is Bricsys, which could use analysis to compliment its advanced design capabilities.
Here is a slide on investment scenarios:
Cambashi maintains a dashboard that tracks many CAE companies, which presumably would help you decide which CAE vendor to acquire, based on criteria like these:
- Growth rate of the CAE vendors
- Specialty areas, such as which kinds of simulation and analysis they do
- Future plans
Well, that, and the cost of acquiring the software company.