ESI Group SA is a France-based company engaged in the development and distribution of software packages designed for performing virtual testing. The Company develops digital simulation software for the numerical simulation of prototypes and manufacturing process engineering in applied mechanics. It provides virtual test applications and solutions for casting, composites and plastics, vibro-acoustics, electromagnetism, biomechanics, fluid dynamics sectors, to realistically simulate a product's behaviour during testing to fine-tune the manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance and to evaluate the environment's impact on the product performance. The Company provides its products to various industries, including aeronautics, civil engineering, energy and power, government and defense and education, among others. As of December 31, 2011, it had 28 subsidiaries, including 26 located abroad. As of September 18, 2012, the Company opened its first office in Russia.