Global expansion and growth set for EPLAN

Maximilian Brandl, chairman of the Executive Board of Eplan and Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of the Friedhelm Loh Group.
Maximilian Brandl, chairman of the Executive Board of Eplan and Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of the Friedhelm Loh Group.

Leading engineering software solutions provider EPLAN celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Hannover Messe, announcing expansion plans and the  company’s continued growth in the UK.

The EPLAN UK division was recently recognised for its achievements in 2013 by being awarded with two EPLAN Group awards including ‘Top Company Performance’ and ‘Highest Company Growth’. The continued success is attributed to the focused approach the UK team is placing on selling and marketing the company’s advanced software solutions. EPLAN provides customers with much more than a software application, offering a complete engineering package, including training and consultancy to enhance the engineering process for customers.

Globally EPLAN has more than 40,000 customers, over 100,000 installations in more than 50 countries and over 700 employees. EPLAN is set to create more than 100 additional jobs by the end of 2014 and is opening three new subsidiaries in Japan, South Africa and Turkey, proving the success of the company, which began as a three-man venture in 1984.

 “Our market for CAE solutions is the world,” states Maximilian Brandl, President of EPLAN. He adds, “EPLAN is excellently positioned as a global company and I see huge opportunities in growth markets around the world.” EPLAN, the market leader for CAE solutions, is already present in more than 50 countries. Greater expansion is planned for growth markets in the USA, China, India, Japan and here in the UK. Investments in the provision of supporting services have ensured the continual growth of the solutions business. Extensive services offerings including consulting, implementation and support now make up a substantial portion of EPLAN’s revenue. And the bar for growth has been set quite high; EPLAN is aiming for substantial double-digit growth in 2014 as well – and the creation of more than 100 additional jobs.

Clear commitment to software and engineering

The Friedhelm Loh Group, is also making considerable investments in software and engineering. Cideon, a SAP system integrator and Autodesk Reseller with about 500 employees, joined the group in September 2013. “Mechanical and electrical engineering are merging into mechatronics,” says Friedhelm Loh, owner of the Friedhelm Loh Group. He explains the group’s vision: “As a rule, Industry 4.0 scenarios require many elements; from software to interfaces through to automation.” Friedhelm Loh first invested in EPLAN back in 1986 (when it was still known as Wiechers & Partner) because he recognised an opportunity. Today he is specifically steering the Friedhelm Loh Group in the direction of optimised value chains: “Our customers expect potential improvements and savings from us, and that’s something we can achieve with Industry 4.0. In this context, the strong service network of EPLAN, Cideon, Rittal and Kiesling is an excellent foundation for increasing our customers’ added value.”

Innovation upon innovation

What began in 1984 by substituting paper & ink with a PC & software has continued to develop: EPLAN was and remains a trendsetter for optimising engineering processes. With EPLAN Engineering Centre and the automatic configuration of machine documentation based on modular design, EPLAN’s experts have launched pioneering technology. And with the seamless EPLAN Platform, customers in machine and plant engineering, in the automotive and transport sectors, in mechanics and automation and even in medical and energy technology also benefit from the increased efficiency of product development processes brought by standardised procedures, automated processes and continuous workflows.

About EPLAN UK

A subsidiary of Rittal, within the Friedhelm Loh conglomerate, EPLAN UK is a world-leader in computer aided (CAE) software. For almost 30 years the company has been developing innovative solutions for an array of engineering and industrial manufacturing disciplines. The company boasts 600 employees, 40,000 customers and 100,000 licensed installations worldwide.

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