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ATLAS Technology changes hands

Crown Research Institute Scion is pleased to announce the sale of its commercial software brand ATLAS Technology to Rotorua software development company Integral Limited. The sales takes effect from 1 January 2014.

ATLAS Technology was set up by Scion in 2002 to accelerate development and provision of advanced software solutions for the forestry and wood-related industries. The suite of software products incorporates the latest science covering every step of the forestry life cycle.

The time is right, says Scion CEO Warren Parker, for a new owner to lead the vision and direction of the ATLAS brand.

“We have been looking for the right company that will expand and grow functionality and usability of the ATLAS products, while still being committed to New Zealand forestry companies,”

“This sale increases the capacity of Scion, through Integral, to provide high quality innovative decision support tools to increase forest productivity, health and profit. We look forward to maintaining a strong research link with Integral and contributing to the ongoing impact and value of ATLAS technology to industry.”

Warren Parker, CEO

Scion will retain its software engineering division, which will be restructured to focus on internal development as well as tech-transfer of science through software to industry. FFR Forecaster, which was produced in partnership with Future Forests Research, will be maintained by Scion.

Integral, is a long serving provider of software and solutions to the forest industry. The company is excited to have the opportunity to grow GeoMaster and assist Scion in delivering its science to the wider forest industry.

“Landing GeoMaster, recognised as the leading non-proprietary land Information and forest GIS application for the Australasian market, is quite a coup for us as we continue on our path of expansion,”

“It’ll be business as usual for all ATLAS clients initially as we build up trust with them. Then we’ll start adding our knowledge and experience to start offering the complete Forest Management software.”

Andrew Taylor, CEO of Integral

Integral Software was established in 1991 specifically to service the timber and forest industries. Relationships with companies like Carter Holt Harvey, PF Olsen, Timberlands and many other large and small organisations go back around 20 years and continue today.

All ATLAS clients have been informed of the sale, and some may continue to enjoy existing relationships with those Scion staff who will move to Integral. There are no staff losses resulting from the sale and restructure of Scion’s software engineering division.

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