26 years of ACATEC - 21 years of CAD automation - 17 years of 15 years of product configuration - Today: technological pioneer

Let's take a brief look back. Read here where ACATEC has its roots and how we have become one of the leading providers of CPQ software. Look forward to the digital future with ACATEC.

May 2021

Further growth of PROCAD Group

Together, our new owner PROCAD, solution provider of PLM & PDM software, and keytech, provider of PLM solutions for medium-sized companies, announce their merger. Combining the innovative power of the three companies PROCAD, keytech and ACATEC gives the group a leading role in the digitalisation of industrial companies.

May 2021

March 2021

Procad is new owner of ACATEC

ACATEC Software GmbH has a new shareholder. The Karlsruhe-based PLM specialist PROCAD, with the support of LEA Partners GmbH, acquired a majority stake in our company on 29.03.2021


3D visualisation

The existing product component "3D-Visualization" has been extended by a further component for real-time 3D-visualization and configurations can now be carried out in a virtual reality environment. This makes it possible to design virtual showrooms - a real highlight for the sales department.



Product renaming

Renaming the product configurator spyydmaxx Enterprise in speedmaxx Enterprise


Technological pioneer

ACATEC is a technological pioneer. They are the only company with an end-to-end solution for order acquisition and order fulfilment in their portfolio – sector-independent and so fast that it may sound incredible that automation speeds up business processes by several orders of magnitude.



Product optimisation

The ACATEC management team decide to bundle all the sales-related functions of the variant management system into spyydmaxx SALES. At the same time, spyydmaxx WEB makes it possible to publish product configurators on the Internet.


3D Designer

3D Designer, a tool for generating and visualising lightweight, parametric 3D models for sales, is ready. It can even be used for Internet applications.



Further product development

The story continues – ACATEC developers launch the pricing and quotation preparation modules in parallel. Engineer Falk von Rötel becomes an ACATEC partner.


Remote control & authoring system

What is spyydmaxx REMOTE, a product for the server-based remote control of IT systems in live and batch mode, is launched. A highlight back then even is the authoring system (at the time spyydmaxx AUTHOR), which a specialist department can use to implement a rule base itself.



First product configurator

Big bang for the first product configurator as a standard product. This variant manager can, for example, perform rule-based remote control of CAD systems (formerly POWER CONFIGURATOR, or spyydmaxx ENGINEERING.


Start of CAD automation

An idea is born. ACATEC provides design engineers with a tool that makes it easier for them to accomplish all their 3D CAD system-related tasks in day-to-day business. CAD automation is born. It is now possible to remotely control a CAD system via its API (application programming interface). Their first customer is ZF Sachs in Schweinfurt. Hermann Schleicher leaves the company. Engineer Dr Reiner Kader becomes an ACATEC partner.


Up to 2000

Business process is the key ...

The ACATEC managers recognise that business processes in very different sectors are similar in structure. Irrespective of the product, the main challenge is the same everywhere, namely, how to reduce pressure on people and technical complexity when the customers’ customers all have individual requirements. 3D is a fine thing, but businesses find it difficult to fulfil orders with acceptable lead times – and repeatedly – without stable business processes.


How it all started ...

Engineers Henning Bitter and Hermann Schleicher found ACATEC in Hanover on 1 April 1995. They are joined by Stefan Schreiber in August of that year. They have known each other since they worked together for a manufacturer of parametric 3D CAD systems. Their motivation in founding ACATEC was in wanting to inspire their own customers with technological solutions and to create the connection between a high-end standard and engineering services. They begin with the introduction of 3D CAD systems in Germany industry. Their first customers are WABCO, ZF Sachs and Audi. The first office opens in Gehrden at the end of 1995.