Ansys takes minority stake in Humanetics

FARMINGTON HILLS–Humanetics, the Farmington Hills-based manufacturer of safety systems technology and sensing equipment, announced that Ansys Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS) has acquired a minority ownership interest in Humanetics from Bridgepoint Group plc, the London-based private equity firm that first invested in Humanetics in 2018.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. In a news release, company officials described the transaction as “building on an existing partnership.”

Humanetics is the world’s leading provider of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), more commonly known as crash test dummies. The company also provides digital models of their ATDs, which are commonly used by simulation software companies, including Ansys, to create realistic simulations of crash events. Humanetics’ digital models of ATDs are highly complementary to, and frequently used with Ansys’ LS-DYNA crash test system.

Humanetics also offers an innovative ergonomics software solution, RAMSIS, which allows users to create virtual vehicle interiors, custom Human Body Models (HBMs), and 3D occupants to evaluate ergonomics and comfort during prototype development. Combining Humanetics’ HBMs and RAMSIS with Ansys’ physics-based simulation portfolio through the expanded partnership will further empower human-centric product design, improve testing, and better inform decision making.

Reuters reported in September that Bridgepoint Group was exploring the sale of the company.

According to Reuters, Humanetics traces its roots to Alderson Research Laboratories, founded in 1952 by Samuel W. Alderson as a maker of crash-test dummies for testing aircraft ejection seats, aviation helmets, and pilot restraint systems. Chicago-based private equity firm Wynnchurch Capital bought the company in 2009 when it was known as First Technology Safety Systems. In 2011, Humanetics was formed through the merger of First Technology Safety Systems and Denton ATD, another crash-test dummy maker.

Canonsburg, Pa.-based Ansys has been developing simulation software for more than 50 years, advancing sectors as diverse as sustainable transportation, advanced semiconductors, satellite systems, and life-saving medical devices.

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