Aras invests in XPLM to Accelerate Innovation and Ensure Open Connectivity in Engineering and Manufacturing

Provides the global market with a strong, independent source for next generation connectivity technologies

Andover, MA – May 24th, 2022 Aras, which provides the most powerful low-code platform with applications to design, build, and operate complex products, todayannounced it has invested in XPLM, an industry leading provider of open, vendor independent connectivity solutions. This investment ensures the industry continues to have a strong, independent provider to deliver the innovation, features, quality, and level of expertise the market requires today and into the future.

“As a long-time digitalization expert to our many partners and customers, we know the importance of continuous investment to maintain our technology leadership in open connectivity solutions as the pace of innovation continues to increase,” said Karl Wachtel, Managing Director at XPLM Solution GmbH. "With Aras we found a financial partner that shares our vision for the future, and understands the necessity for independence, confidentiality, and neutrality that our business requires to protect intellectual property and maintain our trusted relationships.”

The rapid pace of change in engineering and manufacturing is driving ever increasing complexity in new product development. Today, global manufacturers are challenged with connecting a wide range of tools and systems from multiple vendors, and the number of tools and connectivity complexity continues to increase with the development of smart connected products and support for Industry 4.0.

“Open connectivity in engineering tools and manufacturing systems is critical to enabling cross-discipline product development, as well as, the promise of the Smart Factory, digital twins, and the digital thread,” said Peter Bilello, President and CEO of CIMdata. “Aras’ investment in XPLM ensures that the market will have a strong, independent source of innovation for connector technologies worldwide as new breakthroughs occur, which is essential to both customer success and global ISV partner capabilities."

XPLM has the broadest set of MCAD, ECAD, MBSE, ALM, PDM, PLM, and ERP connectors in the industry, and new innovations in open connectivity, such as the linked data approach, will be an increasingly important aspect of the diverse connectivity landscape moving forward. With the investment XPLM will continue to increase its suite of connectivity solutions based on best practices and industry standards while operating as an independent business and further expanding geographically. Right now, XPLM is about to open up its new location in Japan to serve the local market.

“Aras believes the industry needs a strong, independent source for open connectivity technologies, especially as global engineering and manufacturing environments get ever more complicated with new tools and systems,” said Roque Martin, CEO of Aras. “We invested in XPLM to advance the innovation in connector solutions for customers worldwide, and to ensure that the connectors remain open and that there is a level playing field for all into the future."

Further information on the continued independence of XPLM Solution

About XPLM

XPLM is a globally operating PLM solution provider specializing in integrating applications, processes, data and information for optimum cross-domain collaboration between engineers. With its unique portfolio, XPLM integrates leading PLM, MCAD, ECAD, SysML, ERP, Office, Requirements Management and ALM/software tools. With XSPHERE, XPLM offers a no-code solution that makes it easy to interlink information contextually across systems, functions and organizations. The service portfolio ranges from the analysis and definition of PLM business processes to planning and executing implementations and data migration. XPLM's international customer portfolio includes manufacturers from a wide range of manufacturing industries, such as automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, medical technology, as well as suppliers of mechanical and electrotechnical assemblies. Visit to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn und Instagram.

About Aras

Aras provides the most powerful low-code platform with applications to design, build, and operate complex products. Its technology enables the rapid delivery of flexible, upgradeable solutions that build business resilience. Aras’ platform and product lifecycle management applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain. Airbus, Audi, DENSO, Honda, Kawasaki, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are using the platform to manage complex change and traceability. Visit to learn more and follow us on TwitterandLinkedIn.

XPLM press contact
Ruth Bittner
Director Marketing and Communications

Aras press contact
Kylie Reardon
Corporate Communications Manager