The CADFEM Group is a leading provider for simulation-based engineering. Our expertise and know-how extend to almost every industry and application in the world of simulation. Our business approach is: Think global but act local using the collective strengths of small and medium sized companies.

History of the CADFEM Group

The practical application of numerical simulation dates back to the 1970s. That’s when the first commercial programs came onto the market. These included ANSYS, which was developed by John Swanson. The acceptance of numerical simulation in the industry grew strongly in the 1980s and drove John Swanson to seek engineering firms across the world, who would market ANSYS on-site on behalf of his company, Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc. (SASI). The partners served as ANSYS support representatives. One of the partners was Günter Müller, who in 1982 went on to become a freelancer in this profession. He used to travel internationally, working on behalf of SASI to acquire and support customers across Europe. In 1985, John Swanson established the network of ANSYS Support Distributors. The partners now had to buy the software from SASI and resell it to customers. This business model led to the founding of CADFEM GmbH. CADFEM was granted exclusive distribution rights for Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and in early 1990, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Russia.

From 2006, after ANSYS acquired other German-based companies such as FLUENT, CFX and ANSOFT, the market was run by both CADFEM and ANSYS. Over the decades, many partnerships were formed across national borders, with stakes in various companies that included providers of complementary services. This shows that right from the beginning, the initial vision was not limited to national or technological horizons.

In summary, the holding company, CADFEM International AG, was founded in 1997 in Aadorf (Switzerland) and CADFEM International GmbH in 2009, with headquarters in Grafing. All holdings under the umbrella of CADFEM International AG and CADFEM International GmbH are – according to the definition of Group under “common law” – considered members of the CADFEM Group.


We define Group according to the Common Law, which says: “Group law relates to groups of affiliated companies which, even though they are legally independent legal entities, are associated with each other by virtue and on the basis of an instrumentarium comprising certain rules of company law (affiliated companies). These instruments include, amongst others, agreements or contracts such as agreements or contracts between enterprises, which determine the companies’ structures, as well as such agreements or contracts which provide for either the integration or the expulsion of minority shareholders.”

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