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35 years of CAD/CAM software to help optimize production

1979, creation of Alma: Researchers in Applied Mathematics design the first automatic nesting software to save on raw material when cutting textile, metal sheets, etc.

Alma quickly develops in the field of software piloting cutting and sheet-metal working machines. In 1996, the Group extends its activity to robot off-line programming for arc welding and 3D-cutting.

From Shanghai to Porto Alegre, Alma’s software is today widely marketed worldwide and recognized for its optimization capacity and innovative functionalities. Within  30 years, Alma has become a major CAD/CAM software house, present in many countries.
   

Key dates:

1979: Creation of Alma by a team of researchers in Applied Mathematics of Grenoble University

1980-82: Participation in several optimization projects (public transport networks, automatic nesting of parts for textile cutting, etc.)

1983: The Chantiers de l’Atlantique choose RIMBAUD, Alma’s automatic nesting software and help launch Alma in the market of sheet-metal working

1988: Alma develops a fully-automated solution to pilot several laser-cutting machines at RVI’s (now Iris Bus)

1990: Creation of the Italian subsidiary in Turin

1991: Alma establishes itself in the German market

1994: Alma inaugurates the premises of its new headquarters in Saint-Martin-d’Hères (Grenoble)

1996: Buyout of Aleph Technologies; Alma extends its CAD/CAM activity to robot programming.

1999: Creation of Alma GmbH , the German subsidiary to market CAD/CAM software in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

1999: Launch of act/cut, Alma’s new generation of native Microsoft Windows programming software

2000-01: Signature of distribution agreements for the CAD/CAM software in Japan and Korea

2001: Launch of act/tubes, Alma’s software for the programming of tube-cutting machines and robots

2002: Alma buys out Sapex and the Group becomes the French leader of sheet-metal working CAD/CAM

2005-07: Signature of distribution agreements for CAD/CAM software in Canada, Poland and India

2007: Alma establishes itself in China with the creation of a subsidiary in Shanghai

2009: Alma establishes itself in Brazil with the creation of a subsidiary in Porto Alegre

2009: Jean-Pierre Uhry, Alma’s CEO and founder, retires. Laurence Ruffin takes over his position

2010: Alma establishes itself in the United-States with the creation of a subsidiary in Schaumburg (Chicago)

2012: Signature of a distribution agreement for CAD/CAM software in Benelux

2013: Signature of distribution agreements for CAD/CAM software in Turkey, Singapore, Argentina and Chile

2014 : launch of almaCAM, Alma’s new sheet metal CAM software

2015 : Alma establishes itself in Spain (Irun)

2015 : Alma opens a representation office in Singapore

2016 : Signature of a distribution agreement for CAD/CAM software in Vietnam, Japan and New-Zealand

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