While the race for the pole position in the still evolving, moving-target PLM market started several years ago, it has been quite accelerated by Agile Software's fourth acquisition in 2003. Particularly with the most recent Agile-Eigner announcement, the two players have apparently decided to leapfrog many direct competitors by joining complementary forces.
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AGIL), a San Jose, CA-based provider of PLM solutions with historical strength in the high-tech and electronics industries, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, Eigner ( www.eigner.com ), a German provider of PLM solutions to the automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace and defense (A&D) industries, for an undisclosed consideration comprised of stock and cash. Agile and Eigner expect to complete the acquisition as quickly as possible. Agile hopes that the addition of