Company group that includes Rittal and Eplan takes over Cideon AG

2013-09-16. Cideon AG, of Bautzen, a global engineering specialist and one of the leading Autodesk Platinum Partners in Germany, is to become part of the Friedhelm Loh Group, based in Haiger. This way, the Group based around Rittal, Eplan and Kuttig will be expanding its expertise in mechanical engineering, as well as giving a boost to mechatronic engineering with the interface expertise so gained. The presence of an additional 420 employees means that every tenth employee of the Friedhelm Loh Group will soon be involved in software and engineering.

Following the acquisition of Kuttig Computeranwendungen GmbH in June, Cideon, another company active in the field of software and engineering will soon be part of the worldwide Friedhelm Loh Group. The Group has acquired the shares in the successful software and systems house, making it the largest Autodesk partner (value-added reseller) for mechanical engineering in German-speaking Europe. The transaction still has to be approved by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt. It has been agreed that the sale price will remain confidential.

The goal is to also become the leading solution provider in electrical and mechanical engineering – together with Eplan and Cideon, drawing on Rittal's international position as world market leader for enclosure systems. This applies both to the product level and to process consulting and implementation. The merger combines expertise in both mechanical and electrical CAD. Strong partnerships with SAP and Autodesk, as well as the deep integration in ERP and PLM systems form the basis for success.

"We have significantly expanded our mechanical expertise by acquiring Cideon and, together with Eplan, represent a leading solution provider in electric engineering, ideally prepared for the megatrends of Mechatronics and Industry 4.0", said Friedhelm Loh, CEO of the Friedhelm Loh Group. "With this new line-up in place, the Friedhelm Loh Group has become one of the top-ranking software vendors in the field of mechatronics."

The basic requirement for the mechatronic, interdisciplinary engineering of the future is consistency throughout all the processes involved in product development. Data in E-CAD (Electrical Computer-Aided Design), M-CAD (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is used to consistently run through the value-added chain in a customer's overall process. These mechatronic projects can only be implemented efficiently with a high degree of interface-competence.

Today Cideon already offers extensive interfaces from every leading M-CAD system to SAP. Eplan also has interfaces to various ERP and PLM systems, including SAP and Siemens Teamcenter, within its E-CAD solutions. Through the consistent expansion of its expertise in IT and integration, the Group has become the market leader for interface development in the fields of mechanical and electrical CAD for the different systems from Siemens, PTC, Dassault Systemes, and Autodesk itself.

"The fact that we, together with Eplan and Cideon, not only offer process consulting and implementation alongside market-leading software technologies for E-CAD, M-CAD and PLM means we can now provide end-to-end service in these areas. This is unique in the market," explained Maximilian Brandl, Eplan CEO, responsible for integrating the software business units of Rittal Software Systems.

The expertise in mechanical engineering, first held by Eplan and now by Kuttig is being bundled at Cideon, so that both customers and Autodesk can reap the benefits of the merger as quickly as possible.

"The merger will ensure that we will be able to offer our engineering customers useful solutions in a previously non-existent product range and simultaneously offer a strong depth in consulting and implementation. This way, we will continue to strengthen our market leadership as a mechatronics provider. In particular, the international position of Rittal and Eplan will help us to market our products and solutions much more effectively on the international stage, especially in Asia," said Lenz Finster, CEO of the Cideon AG.