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BAE Systems Sweden Selects Aras for Common PLM Platform

Global Defense Company Subsidiary Chooses Minerva for Aras Implementation and Replacement of Existing PLM Systems

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – October 13, 2015 – Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced that BAE Systems Sweden, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Plc. and a leading manufacturer of weapons systems and military vehicles, has selected Aras Innovator® as the new common PLM platform to establish a single, unified PLM backbone across the enterprise for systems development.

BAE Systems Sweden has selected Aras Gold Certified Partner Minerva, based on technical expertise and experience, to conduct the Aras implementation and data migration from the two legacy PDM systems using a multi-phase approach. Phase one will include Aras solutions for configuration management, Bill of Materials (BOM) and document/CAD management, enterprise reporting and searching, and secure social, as well as integrations to multiple MCAD and ECAD systems, SAP and IFS ERP, and Eurosteps Share-A-space data repository.

“With Aras we will be able enhance the business efficiency, reduce cost and get a modern, future proof technology in place,” said Kalle Hagström, Head of Information Systems at BAE Systems Sweden.

Following an extensive evaluation of the major PLM systems on the market, BAE Systems Sweden chose Aras based on four criteria:

  • Depth and breadth of functionality
  • Flexibility and ease of use
  • Total cost of ownership
  • Implementation partner competence

“BAE Systems’ drive for a platform of the future to develop their next generation defense systems demonstrates a bold and forward thinking approach to innovation,” said Peter Schroer, CEO of Aras. “We are proud to provide BAE Systems Sweden with PLM platform technology that can be easily customized to support the complexity of their engineering business processes while maintaining upgradability.”

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense and security company with approximately 83,400 employees worldwide. The Swedish BAE Systems business consists of 1200 people located in Karlskoga, Linköping, Stockholm and Örnsköldsvik. In Sweden we develop, deliver and maintain systems for wide range of military vehicles, artillery systems, remote weapon systems, naval guns and air defence systems for customers worldwide. Our core values are Trusted, Innovative and Bold. For further information, please visit

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 additional information visit

About Aras
We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Advanced PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and secure for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for companies of all sizes. Customers include GE, GETRAG, Hitachi, Honda, Motorola, Textron and XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. More at and Twitter @aras_plm

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