Acquisition Strengthens Regional Presence in Germany and Enhances Technology Offerings in Utilities & Communications MarketsHUNTSVILLE, Ala.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nov. 14, 2005— Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), a leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, today announced that it has acquired POPPENHAGER GRIPS GMBH, a software company based in Neunkirchen/Saarland, Germany. Poppenhager Grips ( www.grips.de) provides geospatial analysis software and services to municipalities and utility companies and has approximately 170 customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"The Poppenhager Grips transaction advances our mission to provide differentiated Spatial Information Management software to our customers and target markets around the world," said R. Halsey Wise, Intergraph President and CEO. "We believe this acquisition is an effective use of our capital as it provides complementary technology in our utility target market and helps to strengthen our position in an important European market. Intergraph is committed to serving and growing our European presence in our core markets."
Poppenhager Grips was founded in 1970 and has a 35-year history of delivering innovative technology solutions to customers in Europe's German speaking countries. The combined organization will continue to market, develop and support the Poppenhager Grips portfolio of software applications, including GRIPS, GRIPSinfo and GRIPSmedia. The GRIPS family of products supports the creation and management of distribution facility data and the network operations for municipalities and utility companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
"The Poppenhager Grips acquisition is the outcome of a successful partnership between our two companies since 2002," said Ben Eazzetta, Chief Operating Officer of Intergraph's Security, Government & Infrastructure Division. "The Poppenhager Grips customer base can benefit from our global product development efforts while gaining access to the full capabilities of Intergraph. Together, Intergraph and Poppenhager Grips will more effectively deliver software solutions to address the complex and specific needs of new and existing customers and end markets in Europe and around the world."
Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) is a leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the Company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
About Poppenhager Grips
POPPENHAGER GRIPS GMBH ( www.grips.de) is a leading German provider of geospatial analysis software and services to municipalities and utility companies. Poppenhager Grips portfolio of software applications includes GRIPS, GRIPSinfo and GRIPSmedia that support the creation and management of distribution facility data and the network operations of approximately 170 customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Poppenhager Grips was founded in 1970 and is based in Neunkirchen/Saarland, Germany.
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