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LLamasoft acquires supply chain software company

The supply chain design software provider has bought the supply chain design and optimization software products and team of South African conglomerate Barloworld for an undisclosed sum.

   The supply chain design software provider LLamasoft on Tuesday said it has acquired the supply chain software division of South African brand conglomerate Barloworld.
   The deal includes all technology, software applications, and the Barloworld supply chain software team, based in London, but does not include Barloworld’s key territories of South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. In those two countries, LLamasoft said it will work in partnership with Barloworld.
   The deal also includes a strategic operating initiative where Barloworld customers globally will have access to LLamasoft’s network design tools.
   Ann Arbor, Mich.-based LLamasoft is primarily acquiring Barloworld’s CAST and OPTIMIZA products. The CAST product includes network design, transport strategy, product flow, production capacity planning, and cost-to-serve modules, while the OPTIMIZA product includes demand forecasting, inventory optimization, and supply and production planning tools.
   The combined company would have roughly 400 employees, according to a report Tuesday in the Detroit Free Press.
   “This acquisition and strategic partnership further solidifies LLamasoft’s standing as the global leader in supply chain design software and solutions,” said Don Hicks, chief executive officer and president of LLamasoft. “We are excited about the advancements that Barloworld SCS has made in their supply chain planning applications, and we believe that our combined engineering talent can bring even more innovative solutions to the market in the coming months and years to come. Working together, LLamasoft and Barloworld will offer unprecedented logistics and technology solutions to customers throughout Africa and the Middle East.”
   According to Barlow SCS’ website, its customers include Nestle, DHL, Jaguar, Lego, Land Rover, Carlsberg, and BASF.
   Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed, though LLamasoft received a $50 million funding round from Goldman Sachs over the summer.