Vero Software

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Vero Software Ltd
Industry Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Computer Aided Engineering
Founded Italy, October 1988
Founder(s) Don Babbs & Ezio Galardo
Headquarters Cheltenham, England
Area served Worldwide
Key people Richard Smith (Chief Executive), Julie Randall (Finance Director), Marc Freebrey (Marketing Director), Steve Sivitter (Regional Director - Americas)
Products Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Javelin, Machining Strategist, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, VISI, WorkNC
Owner(s) Hexagon AB
Website www.verosoftware.com

Vero Software is a company based in Cheltenham, England, that specialises in CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing).

History[edit]

Vero was founded in Northern Italy in October 1988 by Don Babbs and Ezio Galardo when they left Olivetti. In the mid 1990s its VISI-CAD and VISI-CAM products were the first to use the PC implementation of the Parasolid kernel.

The company was incorporated in 1997 under the name Deepcredit Limited, and then renamed as VI Group Plc in 1998 prior to its listing on the London Stock Market.[1] In October 2007 the company was renamed to Vero Software.[2]

On August 11, 2008 Vero Software Plc and its UK subsidiaries Vero UK Limited and Camtek Limited moved to a combined facility in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire from its previous location in Stroud.[3] In 2010 and 2014 Vero Software was awarded 'The Queens Award for Enterprise'.[4]

Vero Software develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing processes, providing solutions for the tooling, production engineering, sheet metal, metal fabrication, stone and woodworking industries. The company's brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC, along with the production control MRP system Javelin.

The company has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and expansive reseller network.

Acquisitions and capital funds[edit]

  • May 2000 - acquired an Italian software company formerly known as Tecnocam for $349k plus shares.[1]
  • March 2001 - acquired the Electronic Data Interchange, a division of the South Wales based Ubiquity Software Corporation used for the secure transfer of automotive CAD/CAM data for $361k.[1]
  • May 2001 - November 2003 - raised up to €4.2million from a Eureka development grant[5] Accordingly the Company recognized $680k due to the Eureka grant and other Italian grant awards as development cost savings in the 2002 accounts.[1]
  • May 2002 - Raised $4.6m from the stock market.[1]
  • July 2002 - took over its US subsidiary for the assumption of $355k in debt and forgiveness of another $259k of debt.[1]
  • August 2002 - sold its office in Prague for $33k.[1]
  • September 2002 - acquired machining STRATEGIST and the majority of the programming team from NC Graphics for £1m cash plus shares.[6]
  • May 2003 - Received £143k from the South West Regional Development Agency.[7]
  • December 2006 - acquired Camtek, a nearby CAM software supplier.[8]
  • July 2010 - Battery Ventures acquires Vero Software.[9]
  • October 2011 - acquired Planit Software.[10]
  • January 2013 - acquired Sescoi International.[11]
  • February 2013 - acquired Surfcam.[12]
  • August 2014 - Vero Software was acquired by Hexagon AB.[13]

Products[edit]

  • Alphacam: is a CAM software solution for wood, stone, composites and metal components from 2-Axis through to 5-Axis NC programming.
  • Cabinet Vision: is a software solution to design, price, render and build for woodworkers and cabinetmakers.
  • Edgecam: is a production CAM software solution for milling, turning and mill-turn machining.
  • Javelin: is software for Manufacturing Resource Planning and Production Control Software.
  • Machining Strategist: is a 3D CAM software solution for roughing and finishing CNC toolpaths .
  • PEPS: is a 3D CAM software solution for wire EDM and multi-axis laser programming.
  • Radan: is a CAD/CAM software solution for the design and laser cutting, punching and bending of sheet metal components.
  • SMIRT: is a 3D viewing / CAM and process management solution for the die build stamping industry .
  • SURFCAM: is a CNC Programming software solution for 2 axis to 5 axis machining.
  • VISI: is a CAD/CAM software solution for the mould & die manufacturing industry.
  • WorkNC: is a CNC software solution for 2D, 3D and 5-Axis machining of surface or solid models in mould, die and tooling

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "VI Group PLC - 20-F - For 12/31/02". Securities and Excise Commission. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  2. ^ Vero - Shaping your world - Confirmation of name change for VI Group Plc
  3. ^ "Vero Software relocates HQ" (Press release). Vero Software Plc. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Vero Software wins Queen's Award for Enterprise" (Press release). www.stockmarketwire.com. July 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Integration Of Existing Cad/Cam Programs Under A Common User Interface". EUREKA. 15 May 2001. 
  6. ^ "Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2002" (Press release). Vero International Software. 30 September 2002. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Details of grant awarded to VI Group (now Vero Software) for development of modelling technologies". WhatDoTheyKnow. 8 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Acquisition of Camtek Ltd." (Press release). Vero International Software. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Battery Ventures Acquires Vero Software" (Press release). worksmanagement.co.uk. July 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Acquisition of Planit Holdings Ltd." (Press release). worksmanagement.co.uk. October 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  11. ^ "Acquisition of Sescoi International Ltd." (Press release). worksmanagement.co.uk. January 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  12. ^ "Acquisition of Surfcam" (Press release). machinery.co.uk. February 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Acquisition of Vero Software" (Press release). hexagon.com. July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 

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