Bechtle acquires CAD/CAM/PLM specialist Cadmes

  • Bechtle expands its 3D CAD business in the Netherlands and Belgium with a further acquisition
  • The eighth European SOLIDWORKS reseller to join the Bechtle Group
  • Bechtle cements its leading position as a CAD/CAM/PLM solutions provider

Bechtle AG bolsters its presence outside of the DACH region with the acquisitions of Cadmes B.V., Netherlands, and Cadmes Systems B.V., Belgium. Founded in 1991 with a focus on Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS  3D CAD software, the specialist reseller currently employees around 100 staff. In the 2020 fiscal year, Cadmes generated revenues of some 17 million euros. Gerbert Thelissen, CEO, Anoek Schellings, COO, Bas Koomen, CTO, and Wouter van Erp, CFO will continue in their roles, while Wiek Schellings, founder and current President of Cadmes is retiring from the company as planned. Cadmes will continue to operate using its established name and brand in its traditional Benelux markets. The South African subsidiary as well as Mark3D, Brighter Orange and Cadmes Holding B.V. are not part of the acquisition. As is usual, the purchase price and conditions remain confidential.

Over the last 30 years, Cadmes has developed into the leading reseller of CAD, CAM and PLM solutions in Benelux. Its software, consulting and services portfolio is based on SOLIDWORKS, Mastercam, Tacton and Cimatron products. Headquartered in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the company has over 5,500 customers predominantly in manufacturing industries, and supports these customers’ core processes across all tasks and phases of a product’s lifecycle. Moreover, the company is highly skilled in the strategically important 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform that provides environments for digital collaboration to development-intensive corporate divisions.

Gerbert Thelissen, CEO of Cadmes: “We are delighted by this next step towards a successful future for Cadmes. Together with Bechtle, we will be able to provide our customers and business partners with enhanced expertise, services and innovations, strengthening our position as a market leader in Benelux in the long term, and expanding our international presence.”

Uwe Burk, Executive Vice President CAD/CAM, Bechtle Systemhaus Holding AG: “In Cadmes, Bechtle has gained a strong, extremely customer-oriented company with an excellent position in the market. We are very pleased to be able to bolster our ranks with over 100 excellently trained specialists in a future-oriented and successful business area, who have been part of an extraordinary success story over the past three decades.”

In Germany, Bechtle is represented in the market by DPS, SolidLine, Solidpro, Coffee and HCV Data, in Austria by planetsoftware and in Switzerland by Solid Solutions. Together with Cadmes, these specialised subsidiaries employ 880 staff. The Bechtle Group has been a SOLIDWORKS partner for eleven years and has this key CAD software vendor’s highest certification status.

Über Bechtle

Bechtle AG is one of Europe’s leading IT providers, with some 80 system houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well 24 as e-commerce subsidiaries in 14 European countries. Founded in 1983, the company is headquartered in the southern German town of Neckarsulm and currently employs over 12,000 people. Bechtle provides more than 70,000 customers from the industrial, trade, financial and public sectors with a comprehensive, vendor-neutral portfolio that covers all aspects of IT infrastructure and operation. Bechtle is listed on the MDAX and TecDAX indexes. In 2020, the company generated revenues of around 5.82 billion euros. Read more at:

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