Founded in 1986 by Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC is a global software publisher and Value Added Reseller (VAR) in the BIM sector. With 150,000 users (more than doubling in three years) and revenue of $200m, GRAITEC is one of Autodesk’s largest partners and the global leading BIM solutions developer.
GRAITEC has rapidly expanded internationally thanks to organic growth, driven by robust technological innovation and multiple strategic acquisitions, especially recently in the United States. Today, GRAITEC operates in more than 20 countries, thanks to its 700 employees.
Supported by the investment fund Apax Partners since 2020, GRAITEC is stepping up the implementation of its roadmap to become the European BIM leader by continuing to deploy its own software and accelerate its international expansion, while strengthening its relationship with Autodesk.
Founder & President of the board
President and CEO
Manuel Liedot: “We help construction and manufacturing professionals to successfully achieve their digital transformation. We combine Autodesk solutions, Graitec technologies and professional services to provide value to more than 100.000 users across the globe.”
Francis Guillemard founds Graitec with the vision to provide Structural Design Offices with innovative software solutions combining powerful finite element engines and interactive graphical user interfaces.
Launch of Effel (Finite Element analysis software for concrete, steel and timber structures).
Launch of Arche (load balancing simulation and automatic rebar detailing for reinforced concrete building) which will revolutionize the design & detailing of concrete buildings in France. Arche is today the de-facto standard for concrete buildings in France.
Launch of Melody (steel frame analysis software that features automatic connection design and drawing creation). Melody imposed itself on the French market thanks to its easiness of use and effectiveness.
After 12 years of activity, Graitec becomes the French leader for Structural Analysis and automatic detailing.
Creation of Graitec Romania
First external Capital investment in Graitec (Capital Ventures).
Creation of Graitec Canada
Launch of Advance Concrete, an AutoCAD® based solution for reinforced concrete modeling and detailing.
Graitec becomes an Autodesk UAR (Unique Application reseller).
Acquisition of DSC CAD/CAM-Technologien GmbH in Germany (later renamed Graitec Germany). DSC owns HyperSteel (Steel Modeling and Detailing software) which will serve as the technical platform for the development of Advance Steel.
Graitec split activities in France and create an operational holding company (Graitec SA) to manage Graitec France and Graitec Germany.
Launch of Advance Steel, an AutoCAD® based solution for steel modeling and detailing. Advance Steel will permanently grow until Graitec sells it (as well as Advance Concrete) to Autodesk in 2013.
Creation of Graitec USA in Boston.
Acquisition of AB Studio spol. s.r.o. (later renamed Graitec CZ) in Czech Republic and expansion of the Graitec product suite with Cadkon (AutoCAD® based application for Architecture and MEP).
Agreements with additional distribution partnerships in Russia and Poland.
New investors join the Group: Capital increase.
Launch of Advance Design, a new generation structural analysis software which will step by step replace Effel in France and be sold internationally.
Agreement with a new distribution partner in China.
New partnerships in Europe (Baltic Countries, etc.), in Asia (Philippines, South Korea, etc.) and first customers in Latin America (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela).
Acquisition of Adris Ltd. in the UK (later renamed Graitec UK). Adris is the first Autodesk VAR purchased by Graitec.
Acquisition of CivilDesign Inc. in Canada and expansion of the Graitec product suite with VisualDesign (Finite Element Analysis software for concrete, steel and timber) which will merge with Advance Design.
The company CivilDesign will quickly be merged with Graitec Canada.
Acquisition of CSI (Computer Service im Ingenieurbau GmbH) in Germany and expansion of Graitec suite with CS-Statik (structural analysis and design) and CS Pons (bridge calculation). CSI will merge will Graitec Germany.
Acquisition of Integer Ltd. in the UK and expansion of the Graitec product suite with SuperSUITE (steel and concrete design for buildings and bridges). SuperSUITE will be merged with Advance Design and the company Integer will also be merged with Graitec UK.
Acquisition of ABC Service sarl, a major reseller of CAD solutions for steel construction in France, and creation of a CAD department dedicated to steel construction. ABC Services will be merged with Graitec France.
Agreements with additional distribution partnerships in India, South Africa, Brazil.
Strong development in Asia Pacific area with new distribution agreements signed in China, Malaysia / Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and in Europe: Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands and in Serbia.
Creation of Graitec Russia in partnership with the Graitec partner INFARS.
Creation of YellowCAD France, for offering a CAD alternative solution on the French market.
New partnerships in Serbia and Croatia as well as in the USA with the signature of 10 new partnerships.
Creation of Graitec Asia PAcifiC in Singapore to manage and support the Graitec VARs located in APAC.
Acquisition of Trepcad GmbH by Graitec GmbH and extension of the Graitec Suite with TrepCAD software for staircase construction.
New partnerships in Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
Acquisition of B&B s.r.l. in Italy (later renamed Graitec Italy).
Graitec celebrates its 25th anniversary as a leading software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions.
Graitec launches Graitec Advance 2012 which, for the first time, includes its own CAD platform and gives customers the flexibility to run Advance Steel either on AutoCAD or on its own CAD system. Advance Design is powered with the latest European standards (Eurocode 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8), American standards ACI (for reinforced concrete) and AISC (for steel construction).
New partnerships signed in India and in the USA
Graitec Advance 2013 offers CAD platform freedom to Autodesk Advance Concrete customers (same approach than Advance Steel in 2012)
Graitec SA and Autodesk Inc. finalize a definitive share purchase agreement regarding Advance Steel and Autodesk Advance Concrete.
Graitec SA becomes Graitec INNOVATION SAS.
Graitec INNOVATION SAS signs 3 ISV agreements with Autodesk for worldwide distribution of Advance Steel and Autodesk Advance Concrete
Opening of a new office in California, USA
Graitec extends its offering to building energy performance with the acquisition of HPC-SA & Thermal Simulation software ArchiWIZARD
Graitec strengthens Autodesk partnership with the acquisition of Robobat Polska in Poland. (later renamed Graitec Poland)
Graitec acquires ERA3 (Italy) strengthening its dominance in the steel fabrication market with a new MIS solution
Graitec set to dominate the UK BIM market with strategic acquisition of MicroCAD, another strong UK Autodesk Gold Reseller
Graitec launches Advance PowerPack, productivity tools for Autodesk Advance Steel
Graitec acquires the American Autodesk Platinum partner TotalCAD located in Houston / Texas (later merged with Graitec USA).
Graitec acquires the Slovakian Gold partner StorCAD located in Bratislava (later renamed Graitec Slovakia).
Graitec now delivers 2 versions of Advance PowerPack: PowerPack for Autodesk Advance Steel® and PowerPack or Autodesk Revit®.
Graitec launches a NEW Steel Fabrication Management Software: Advance Workshop
Graitec acquires an Autodesk gold partner in Russia: PSS (later renamed PSS Graitec). The main office is in Saint Petersburg. Satellites offices in Moscow, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk.
Graitec launches Graitec Advance 2017 software which comes with more than 100 new features helping construction professionals to connect structural and MEP engineers to BIM workflows.
End of 2016, Graitec revenue is twice what is was at the end of 2013 (68 m€ vs. 33 m€).
Acquisition of an Autodesk Gold partner in Germany: B&L. B&L will quickly be merged with Graitec Germany.
After 3 years of intensive development, Graitec launches Advance BIM Designers, a BIM Solution for improving structural projects management. Helps users to create, design, document (design reports, Bill Of Materials, Quantity takeoff, Detail drawings, etc.), track and control structural members of a BIM project. Advance BIM Designers are designed to work in a standalone environment or embedded in Autodesk Revit® or in Advance Design.
Graitec acquires ProCAD in Montreal, Autodesk reseller in Canada (will be immediately merged with Graitec Canada).
Acquisition of Arma+ company, a French based company that provides IT and Fabrication Software solutions for the construction, steel and concrete industries. This acquisition complements Graitec’s strategy to become the leader in BIM for structural design, detailing and fabrication, whilst empowering the company to improve their existing software portfolio, and the development of pioneering BIM solutions.
Graitec acquires UK based company Opentree in January. Opentree provides EDM solutions for the management of the entire document lifecycle of projects, and conforms to BIM standards and ISO 19650 / BS1192 workflows.
Acquisition of an Autodesk Gold partner in Spain: 2aCAD with main offices in Zaragoza, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
Acquisition of an Autodesk Gold partner in France: Lineis (will be quickly merged with Graitec France).
Apax Partners joins Graitec as a majority investor with the ambition to make Graitec a leader in BIM by expanding its existing software portfolio and developing the distribution of innovative BIM solutions.
Graitec acquires CADPoint in November. CADPoint is a U.K based company that provides Autodesk solutions for the AEC Industry to a broad range of clients located across the United Kingdom.
GRAITEC to gain a strong foothold in the US market through Applied Software acquisition.
Founded in 1982 in Atlanta, Applied Software specializes in computational design for construction, industrial and manufacturing production, and civil engineering with expertise in BIM and digital mock-ups. With a team of 130 employees located in over 20 states, the Company has helped more than 5,000 clients digitalise their construction and manufacturing.
With its current activities mainly focused on Europe and Canada, the acquisition will enable GRAITEC to significantly consolidate its existing position in North America by gaining considerable market shares in the US BIM market, the largest in the world.