Global development platform with integrated calculation

KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a complete supplier of complex metal and hybrid structures for body-in-white and chassis as well as crash management systems. The development partner of the automotive industry has been using CIM Database since 2012 for the global management of its development projects and long-term business planning. 1500 employees at nine locations use the system. During the introduction phase, change management and accompanying project marketing were decisive for the high acceptance of the PLM platform. In 2019, the family business decided to introduce CONTACT Elements Product Costing. This enables KIRCHHOFF to supply the global quotation processes with all costing relevant data from the CIM Database.


CIM Database as PLM platform with a comprehensive range of solutions: Multi-CAD data management for Catia V5 and NX; document management including enterprise search and integration of MS Office applications and Lotus Notes, product and project costing; engineering change, release and program management; ERP synchronization with SAP; 1500 users in development, sales, project management, advanced quality planning, work preparation, purchasing, calculation and controlling; location-based data replication using edge server technology.


Global access to consistent project and product data; needs-based data stocks and good performance in the branches thanks to replication solution; time, cost and quality advantages through digital workflows and process control; shorter throughput times through digital engineering change management; efficient capacity planning and high project profitability through integrated project and program management including costing; flexibility and future-proofing for new requirements through scalability, good configurability and openness of the platform.


Comprehensive program and project management as well as long-term business planning based on CIM Database: long-term turnover and sales planning; fast and efficient cost calculation of product variants and supply of the global quotation processes with all calculation-relevant data through project and product costing; comprehensive project controlling including evaluation of project-related tool costs; company-wide standardized processes in program management based on the multi-project management functions.

CIM Database has proven to be an open platform for our comprehensive requirements and processes.
Benjamin Müller
PLM Project Manager
KIRCHHOFF Automotive GmbH

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