Successful generation change
This year for the first time, Maximilian Zachries, Managing Director and eldest son of company founder Karl Heinz Zachries, opened the CONTACT Open World. After a heartfelt thank you to all attendants, he addressed the motto of the event. Climate change, pandemic, recession, global conflicts, and "workerlessness" pose major challenges for companies today, he said. According to Zachries, the pressure to act is particularly strong in the area of sustainability, which is becoming increasingly intertwined with the industry's digitalization. PLM is an important lever here. The digital transformation of the industry requires a continuous flow of information, which makes a seamless link between the digital thread and the digital twin essential. CONTACT ensures this through the interaction of its PLM and IoT products, said Zachries. Based on this closed-loop approach, the company wants to develop a sustainability monitor together with partners to provide even better support for product manufacturers in their work.
CONTACT is successfully continuing its global growth path. At the Open World, numerous international customers presented their digitization projects. The Norwegian Ulstein Group builds ships for expeditions, the offshore industry, and many other fields of application. It manages the lifecycle of thousands of ship components with CIM Database. The usage of PLM is an important step on the way to more sustainable products, as Håkon Vestnes, Lead Naval Architect at Ulstein, pointed out. Headquartered in Iceland, Marel is a global solutions provider for fish, meat, and poultry processing. The company uses the Elements platform as a data highway, which provides master data of configurable equipment and spare parts information for downstream processes. "Let's all cycle" is the guiding principle under which the Dutch company Van Raam develops special bicycles for people with disabilities. It uses CIM Database to handle its multi-variant products more efficiently. At the Indian automotive supplier Apollo Tyres, CONTACT's PLM solution – alongside the ERP and MES systems – is a central element of the new, global development environment.