Delcam Buyout by Autodesk Finalized

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 02/07/2014 1:01PM


Autodesk-DelcamCarl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk (center) with (left to right) Glenn McMinn, president, Delcam North America; Clive Martell, chief executive, Delcam; Steve Hobbs, Development director, Delcam; and Bart Simpson, Commercial director, Delcam BIRMINGHAM, UK -Autodesk Inc. has completed its buyout of Delcam, a provider of CAD/CAM software for the woodworking and other industries. The acquisition was finalized on February 6.

Delcam said that no significant changes are planned, and the company will operate as a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Autodesk.

A global supplier of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk has more than 7,300 employees worldwide and is headquartered in San Rafael, CA.

Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam has approximately 700 employees worldwide. The company's ArtCAM line of software products is used in the woodworking industry by furniture, cabinet and other wood products manufacturers.

“By maintaining the basic structure of Delcam’s business, Autodesk is reflecting its trust in, and respect for, Delcam’s solutions, leadership and organization," Delcam’s Chief Executive Clive Martell said in a statement. "We are excited to come together and further the vision, development and implementation of technology for digital manufacturing.”

“The acquisition of Delcam is an important step in Autodesk’s continued expansion into manufacturing and fabrication and beyond our roots in design. Together with Delcam, we look forward to accelerating the development of a more comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution and delivering a better manufacturing experience,” added Buzz Kross, senior vice president for Design, Lifecycle and Simulation products.

Delcam shareholders approved Autodesk's buyout offer last month. The acquisition by Autodesk was initially proposed to Delcam in November 2013.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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