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Polantis has opened a first site in the UK at Manchester Science Parks.

The firm, a global leader in Building Information Modelling (BIM) components creation, has set up a research and development centre in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). It aims to create 3-6 jobs over the next twelve months and hopes to create up to twenty jobs by 2016. Their headquarters are based in France.

BIM is an advanced Architectural CAD (computer-aided design) process that enables users to better plan and design buildings by manipulating intelligent 3D components and data attached to them. It will allow the likes of architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and contractors to better communicate and design – prior and after the actual construction of a building.

MIDAS helped to facilitate this move by providing Polantis with initial research and arranging site and property visits. Polantis were also supported with the integration into Manchester’s business community, being introduced to associated organisations.

Itai Cellier, CEO of Polantis, said: “Thanks to MIDAS, we’ve decided that Manchester would be our UK base of operations. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how welcoming the Mancunians are: we’ve become part of the business and academic community. It’s a real pleasure to work here and we hope to begin creating jobs and transferring knowledge”

“In the current economic situation, our main aim is to show a tangible return on investment to our customers. We place our clients products inside architects’ projects via their CAD and BIM software, this means, simply – more sales for manufacturers of AEC products and materials. We’ve been the market leaders for more than 4 years now and we intend to import our high standards to the UK AEC Market”

Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS said, “With a strong architecture and design cluster in Manchester, both commercial and academic, we were really keen to attract Polantis to add additional expertise and technology to the market”.

“The science park will be the perfect base for them to bridge academia and the commercial sector and we look forward to seeing the fruit of their work with the universities”.

Rowena Burns, CEO at Manchester Science Parks, added: “Polantis joins a growing number of internationally owned businesses choosing to locate at MSP, thanks to our unique location in the heart of Manchester’s ‘knowledge quarter’ and strong links with the city’s academic and business networks.

“We are looking forward to working with Polantis and ensuring they benefit from the dedicated free business support services we provide.”

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