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Flomerics celebrates its 20th anniversary as an independent company this year. Flomerics is among among the oldest companies involved in computer aided engineering, and has just completed a fiscal year where it has achieved a new high in revenue and seen its worldwide customer base grow to over 2,500 sites and over 7,000 individuals.
The founders of Flomerics, David Tatchell and Harvey Rosten, first worked together in the 1970s pioneering the commercial availability of CFD technologies. As electronic devices became more powerful, it became increasingly important to know a system’s precise cooling requirements at the design phase. Taking advantage of this market opportunity, Tatchell and Rosten founded Flomerics in 1988 to develop CFD software that simulated thermal exchange at the pre-protoyping phase of product development. Tatchell served as chief executive officer of Flomerics until his retirement in 2006. Rosten led the development effort for the company’s first products, but died tragically of a brain tumor in 1997.
The company’s first product, Flotherm, was launched in September 1989 for use in thermal design for electronic systems. Today, Flotherm remains the clear market leader in this area with a client list that includes virtually all the major electronics companies in the world. Flomerics’ second product, Flovent, was released in early 1990. This product simulates airflow in buildings and is used to optimize heating, ventilation and air conditioning in buildings. In 1995 Flomerics went public with a listing on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market.
In 2005, Flomerics acquired the Hungarian-based thermal test equipment company, MicReD. The addition of this technology to Flomerics’ portfolio represented an important step in providing a complete, integrated solution to customers in the electronics industry.
In 2006 Flomerics acquired the German-based company Nika GmbH together with a new breed of CFD software that is fully embedded in the mainstream mechanical design environment and enables mechanical design engineers to analyze and optimize complex fluid flow and heat transfer processes across a wide range of products and industries. The EFD product family is tightly embedded with leading 3D mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software such as SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER and CATIA V5.