French computer-aided engineering software company Framasoft+CIS SA has launched a contract computational analysis service in Japan. The service is for analysis of composite materials, welding processing, thermal analysis of metals and related problems. It is designed for users that do not want to buy Framasoft’s software; the company hopes to achieve revenues equivalent to 40% of sales from the service, as in France, but it admits that to date Japanese users have not liked to contract out their processing. Framasoft has a Japanese representative office and admits to a little under 10% of its total annual revenues of $12m coming from Japan. It hopes to grow this to around 20% over the next year.