About us

The world’s only independent & cooperative software publisher for CAD/CAM and robotics, expert for 40 years

Over 40 years Alma has built up a reputation as the leading specialist in automatic nesting of complex shapes for cutting. Alma is a leading developer of CAD/CAM software for sheet metal working, cutting and robotics. Alma is constantly growing, is present in 8 countries and is represented in many other countries via its distribution network.

Optimization and digitization of production

Ever since the company was created, we have been designing innovative software solutions to optimize consumption of material and the potential of machines and robots. We have always supported the development of emerging technologies, and to do so we work in close collaboration with manufacturers of machine tools and robotized systems. The equivalent of 25 % of our turnover is invested in R&D each year.

We offer the most comprehensive range of CAD/CAM software for cutting in every form, sheet metal working and mechanical welding: cutting by fluid jet, punching, milling/routing, 5-axis cutting, robotized cutting, cutting of circular and oblong tubes, folding/unfolding, robotized arc welding, etc.

These applications are completed by a set of modules centered on production management and control (quotes, planning) and integration into the industrial company’s information system. Our software products are an essential link between CAD, ERP and workshops in the digital chain for sheet metal working and machine welding, responding to the challenges of Industry 4.0.

In parallel with the development of application software, we are commercializing our cutting optimization algorithms in the form of software components. These two activities mutually enrich each other with invaluable technical expertise, and ensure we are able to perfect our products, to achieve optimum satisfaction of our customers’ needs.

An independant and prosperous international group

Our software products are commercialized by a vast distribution network consisting of subsidiaries or agencies (Italy, Germany, Spain, China, Brazil, USA, Singapore), dedicated resellers, integrators and partners. These are machine tool manufacturers or software developers present right around the world.

More than 100 people within the group are involved in the “CAD/CAM Software” activity, from development to commercialization of the products. In addition Alma is involved in other IT activities in France (software for health care, BPM and collaborative software,  IT infrastructure services, etc.).

We generate a consolidated turnover of 20 million euros and are constantly growing. We are an independant, prosperous and solid group, looking to the future.

Alma Headquarters in Grenoble, France.

Values centered on the human factor and customers

Alma was created as a cooperative company (SCOP) in 1979. The parent company in France is entirely owned by its employees. The cooperative status of the company has a big influence on our corporate culture, based on values shared by all the employees: empowerment and accountability, mutual trust and solidarity, sharing of decisions and results, the importance of doing a good job, special attention paid to the quality of our customer relations, etc.

Our technical expertise

Our expertise enables us to deal with the most complex technical issues and to provide an integrated solution for the different needs of our customers, whether they are users of our application software, machine tool manufacturers, software developers or integrators.

Our main areas of expertise:

Optimization of industrial, algorithmic processes

Nesting and CAM applied to cutting

Sheet metal CAD/CAM

Robotics (trajectory computation, obstacle avoidance)

Development of web applications, SaaS and Cloud environments.