Nemetschek AG Type Public (FSE Industry AEC Architecture, Engineering, Construction Founded Munich, Germany (1963) Headquarters Munich, Germany Key people Ernst Homolka (CEO) Revenue € 135.6 million (2009)  Net income € 12.9 million (2009)  Employees 1,064 (2009)  Website www.nemetschek.com
The Nemetschek group (Nemetschek AG) is world leading vendor of software for architects, engineers and the construction industry. The company develops and distributes solutions for designing, building and managing buildings and real estate as well as multimedia. According to Nemetschek, the company with all of its subsidiaries serves approx. 300,000 customers in more than 140 countries (as of 2009).
The company was founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963 and went by the name of Ingenieurbüro für das Bauwesen (engineering firm for the construction industry), focusing on structural design. The engineering firm was one of the first companies in the industry to use computers and developed software for engineers, initially for its own requirements. In 1977 Nemetschek started distributing its program system Statik 97/77 for civil engineering.
At the Hanover Fair in 1980, Nemetschek presented a software package for the integrated calculation and design of standard components for solid construction. This was the first time that it was possible to use Computer-aided engineering (CAE) on microcomputers, and the product remained unique on the market for many years.
In 1981 Nemetschek Programmsystem GmbH was founded and was responsible for software distribution; Georg Nemetschek’s engineering firm continued to be in charge of program development. The main product, Allplan – a CAD system for architects and engineers, was launched in 1984. This allowed designers to model buildings in three dimensions. Nemetschek began to expand internationally in the 80s: in 1996 the company had subsidiaries in eight European countries and distribution partners in nine countries in Europe, and since 1992 has also had an additional development site in Bratislava, Slovakia. The first acquisitions were made at the end of the 90s, e.g. the structural design program vendor Friedrich + Lochner.
The company, operating as Nemetschek AG since 1994, went public in 1999 and has been listed in the Prime Standard market segment in Frankfurt ever since. A series of company takeovers were to follow, the largest acquisitions including the American Diehl Graphsoft (now Nemetschek Vectorworks) and MAXON Computer with its Cinema 4D software for visualization and animation. After a period of consolidation, the next takeovers occurred in 2006: with the purchases of the Hungarian Graphisoft and the Belgian SCIA International, Nemetschek moved on to become one of the leading vendors of AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) software solutions in Europe. The company is active on numerous boards in the industry: For instance, Nemetschek is a member of the BuildingSMART e.V. and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB) (the German Sustainable Building Council).
Since 2008 Nemetschek AG has been acting as a holding company with four business units: Design (Architecture and Civil Engineering), Building, Management and Multimedia. The holding company maintains ten product brands, for the most part independently. The Design segment is the strongest in terms of revenue and the most global of the business units: among its major subsidiaries is Nemetschek Allplan GmbH with the Allplan product family, the core of the Nemetschek group. Its range of services covers architecture and civil engineering software as well as cost management and facility management solutions. This range is supplemented by the international subsidiaries Graphisoft R&D zrt. with its architecture program ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks with the design and architecture software Vectorworks.
In addition to Allplan, the vendors of civil engineering software in the Design business unit include Nemetschek Scia in Belgium as well as Friedrich + Lochner, Nemetschek Deutschland GmbH and Glaser in Germany. The companies mentioned merged to form the Nemetschek Engineering Group in 2008 in order to collaborate on research and development as well as on marketing.
The Building business unit includes all products and solutions which involve commercial and technical cost and performance accounting, cost planning and scheduling as well as invitations to bid, the awarding of tenders and accounting (AVA) for building services. This business unit includes the companies Nemetschek Bausoftware GmbH, the Austrian Auer – Die Bausoftware GmbH and the product line Allplan BCM from Nemetschek Allplan GmbH. They cooperate as the Nemetschek Construction Group in marketing as well as in the development of future products.
The subsidiary Nemetschek Crem Solutions is part of the Management business unit. It offers software for commercial and technical real estate management. Its main product, iX-Haus, is a complete solution for the administration of commercial real estate. Furthermore, the company also offers software for the management of housing associations and building administrators.
The fourth business unit, Multimedia, includes MAXON Computer in Germany and its subsidiaries in the USA and England. The Maxon Group is vendor of professional 3D software for visualization and animation.
The biggest subsidiaries
Nemetschek Allplan GmbH
Nemetschek Allplan GmbH, headquartered in Munich, was founded on January 1, 2008. It develops and distributes the Allplan product family, which has been Nemetschek’s core product for many years. The company claims to have just under 400 employees (2009). Allplan is a platform software for architects, civil engineers, contractors and facility managers for designing and managing buildings, and is used throughout Europe. Especially geared to students, Allplan Campus is an Internet platform for students and teachers. It offers downloads, e-learning videos and training materials for future architects, technical drawers and engineers.
Graphisoft is an international vendor of architecture software. The company was founded in 1982 and now has more than 230 employees. The company is headquartered in Budapest and has international subsidiaries in the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Japan and Singapore. According to the company, ArchiCAD architecture software is used in more than 80 countries by approximately 100,000 customers.
Nemetschek Vectorworks (formerly Diehl Graphsoft), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland and employing around 90 people as of 2009, has been developing and distributing design software for more than 20 years. The Vectorworks product line offers professional design solutions for architecture, interior construction, the entertainment industry, landscaping, landscape architecture and mechanical engineering. According to the manufacturer, Vectorworks is used in 85 countries worldwide.
Scia (whose name is an acronym for Scientific Applications) was founded in 1974 and has its headquarters in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium. It develops and distributes software for structural calculation, structural design and structural construction, focusing on Building Information Modeling. Nemetschek Scia is a 100%-owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and claims to employ a staff of more than 100 at ten sites worldwide.
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- Nemetschek AG website
- Allplan GmbH website
- Nemetschek Engineering Group website
- Nemetschek Vectorworks website
- Graphisoft website
- Nemetschek Scia website
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