Zuken and CONTACT Software establish joint venture for engineering data management

Company will provide native EDM integration for electrical and fluid design

29 October 2013 – Munich, Germany and Westford, MA, USA – In a first for the electrical and fluid design market, Zuken and CONTACT Software have established a joint venture to provide best-in-class engineering process and data management specifically designed for today's distributed, concurrent design projects. The new company, located in Bremen, Germany, will focus on developing engineering data management (EDM) solutions for Zuken’s E3.series.

The joint venture brings together a global provider of leading-edge software for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing, and a German leader and pioneer in collaborative product development. The new company is founded on CONTACT’s new open and modular technology for product data and process management, and its expertise and reputation for CAD- and multi-CAD data management.

Mr LipskiAs the size and complexity of electrical and fluid designs continually increases, managing data and processes is a growing concern for designers of these products and systems. Our joint venture will pool resources and expertise from both companies to create the first native integration of electrical and fluid design data into an engineering data management system.

Gerhard Lipski
Board of Directors, Zuken

Managing the day-to-day process of electrical and fluid engineering is becoming more difficult as electrical and fluid systems in machines and transportation grow increasingly complex. It is no longer practical to manage data on individual desktops and “throw it over the wall” for collaboration with local or dispersed team members. Additionally, the data management solutions that exist today are inadequate for managing electrical and fluid design data in its native form. The goal of the joint venture is to provide technology that will enable companies to realize the value of engineering data and process management with low deployment effort, thus significantly shortening implementation time and lowering cost of ownership.

Karl Heinz ZachriesThe experience of our joint team and our open technology and Zuken’s strong reputation are excellent assets and starting points to deliver EDM solutions that are not available anywhere else. We are looking forward to innovative and market-leading solutions from this collaboration.

Karl Heinz Zachries
CEO and founder of CONTACT Software

Michael Murgai from CONTACT Software and Wolfgang Heinrichs from Zuken have been appointed Managing Directors of the joint venture company, Zuken Contact GmbH & Co. KG.

For more information about Zuken or CONTACT software, visit www.zuken.com or www.contact-software.com

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About Contact Software

CONTACT is a leading provider of open standard software for collaborative product development. Founded in 1990, customers benefit from long-standing industry experience, clear focus and outstanding technology. CONTACT's technology and application components are designed to ideally match the special requirements placed on collaborative product development and the innovation process. Enterprises and users benefit from faster time-to-value, more reliable data and processes, improved management capabilities, compliance-in-process and cost-efficiency.

In the last 10 years, CONTACT has successfully completed more than 900 industrial projects in the sectors automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, high-tech, and public infrastructure. CONTACT is dedicated to continuously match the needs and requirements of its customers and to safeguard their investments, testified by a high rate of long-term customer partnerships. For more information about the company and its products, visit www.contact-software.com