ASM International and Granta Design Limited in materials information partnership

ASM and Granta Partnership Materials Park, Ohio and Cambridge, UK—May 30, 2000 Signing agreements at Cambridge University today, ASM International and Granta Design Limited announced their partnership to provide the definitive electronic information system for engineering materials and manufacturing processes. ASM will invest $1.6m in Granta—its first equity position in a commercial company—and take a seat on Granta's Board.

The partnership will result in a new generation of electronic products to help manufacturing enterprises—in aerospace, automotive, electronics and many other industries—achieve multimillion dollar benefits in product cost, performance, quality, and time-to-market.

"Granta brings the world's foremost system for materials selection and classification, while ASM brings the largest existing compilation of materials information content and materials data. Together we will produce an integrated view for searching materials information in digital form," explained Dr Michael DeHaemer, ASM's Managing Director. "We are very pleased to have made this close connection to Granta Design."

New electronic products from both organizations will share a common information architecture and user interface, developed by Granta. The benefits for the engineering community include:

  • Instant desktop access to the world's largest source of electronic information about materials and processes, via the internet or corporate intranet;
  • Extensive cross-indexing of all ASM's publications and Granta's data, enabling delivery of precision-guided chunks of content, to engineers, designers, materials specialists, and consultants;
  • Integration with in-house materials data sources, providing a unified materials information environment for manufacturing enterprises;
  • An underlying selection methodology which enables the optimal choice of materials and manufacturing processes in design or re-design of an engineered product or component.

ASM and Granta will also work together on training, marketing, distribution, and new Internet-based services.

Granta's Managing Director, Dr David Cebon, described the partnership as great news for Granta Design and for its customers. "The investment will help us to grow the business rapidly and to concentrate our efforts on the corporate enterprise market. The tight linkage with ASM's huge content pool will enable us to deliver unbeatable materials information solutions to our customers."

According to ASM President, Ash Khare, an important driver in the partnership is the Internet. "Through this partnership ASM will accelerate delivery of information in high quality format to its members via the Internet."

Professor Sir Alec Broers, Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, commented on the agreement: "CES had its roots in the University's continuous drive towards innovative solutions in education. I am very pleased to see this initiative evolve into the definitive information product for the materials industry. The University strongly supports such spin-out initiatives by its staff, and benefits greatly from their success."

Notes for Editors

About ASM:

ASM International is a professional society serving over 40,000 members worldwide. Headquartered at Materials Park, Ohio, USA, it is the world's largest society of professionals in applications and research of metals and materials, supplying technical publications and technical education.

About Granta:

Granta Design Limited is the global leader in information systems for material and process selection, providing decision support software, reference databases, and customization services. Granta has over 400 customers worldwide, including leaders of diverse industry sectors such as ABB, Applied Materials, GE, Lockheed Martin, Moen, NASA and Philips, and leading universities such as Cambridge, INP Grenoble, MIT, TU Berlin, and UCLA.

Granta was founded in 1994 by Professor Mike Ashby, Dr David Cebon, and Cambridge University to develop and market their Cambridge Materials Selector (CMS) software. CMS was superseded in 1999 by the Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES3) a powerful, customizable platform for materials and process selection and information solutions for engineering-based enterprises.