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ABB and Dassault Systèmes have joined forces in a worldwide partnership to provide customers in digital industries a unique software solutions portfolio.

The two companies will combine ABB Ability digital solutions with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to provide end-to-end advanced open digital solutions.

The combined solution is designed to enhance the competitiveness of industrial companies, while increasing flexibility, speed and productivity of the lifecycles, manufacturing and operations of products.

The companies will focus, in stages, on factory automation and robotics, process industry automation, as well as electrification solutions for smart buildings.

“This game-changing partnership will serve our customers to lead in innovation and growth, fundamentally transforming their entire value chain to tap the vast opportunities of industrial digitalisation,” ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said.

“Together, we are offering an open, end-to-end digital portfolio – from digital twin to asset health – that gives our customers a competitive edge, building on our combined offering, domain expertise and global reach.”

Vice chairman and CEO Dassault Systèmes Bernard Charlès said the mastery of technical know-how is the new competitive differentiator and the company believes it is happening now due to a convergence of digital technologies that are transforming every aspect of industrial business.

“In this industry renaissance, a platform approach enables the real and virtual worlds to inform and reinforce one another," Charlès said. "Our partnership with ABB will draw from decades of combined expertise to help customers make the most of this powerful and dynamic trend.”

The first joint solutions will be showcased at the upcoming industrial Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany in April.