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Interview with Andreas Schulz, Marketing Director of CENIT AG – exhibitor at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012

August 23rd, 2012 | By Angela in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Awards, Business, consulting, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Software, Technology | No Comments »

Andreas Schulz is the Marketing Director of CENIT AG. Meet CENIT AG at COMPOSITES EUROPE show.

CE: COMPOSITES EUROPE Team
AS: Anderas Schulz

CE: Could you give us a quick overview of CENIT AG?
AS: CENIT AG has been a consulting and software specialist for optimizing business processes in product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise information management (EIM) since 1988. 700 employees world-wide achieved a turnover of 108 m EUR. Our main target market for PLM is the manufacturing industry, while EIM mostly addresses the financial services sector. CENIT’s strategic PLM partners are Dassault Systemes and SAP, for EIM we work with Alfresco, Adobe and IBM. CENIT is headquartered in Germany (Stuttgart) and we are present in all major cities across Germany. CENIT also has branch offices in the US, Switzerland, France, Romania and Japan.

CE: What kind of projects have you undertaken for clients?
AS: In the context of our partnership and our sponsoring activities for the racing team, which participate at FORMULA STUDENTS 2012 ,  we decided to focus on a very specific topic – developing the new monocoque frame for the race car, based on composite technology. At the end of the day we were successful and managed to reduce the total weight of the car from 260 to 240 kg.

CE: How did you come to be involved in the FORMULA STUDENT?
AS: We became involved in the Formula Student project about 12 months ago. Before that, we already had a long-term relationship with the West Saxony University of Zwickau (WHZ) in place, so we decided to become a main sponsor for the racing team alongside BMW.

CE: What challenges did you encounter in this project?
AS: For us as CENIT it wasn’t a challenge – the only challenge the team had was the time pressure to complete the car within a very short deadline.

CE: Looking to the future, where do you think the composites industry is headed?
AS: From our point of view, composite technology is becoming ever more important. The project with the WHZ Racing Team is a good example: composites allowed us to reduce the car’s weight and make it much more efficient from an economical point of view as well.

CE: What will you showcase at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012?
AS: As an output of our partnership with the WHZ Racing Team, we will focus on the monocoque project, and the FP612e racer will be presented at our booth. Visitors to the fair can also witness a demonstration of CENIT’s proprietary software toolbox FASTSUITE for offline programming of industrial robots. As value added reseller for the entire PLM portfolio of Dassault Systèmes, CENIT will also take advantage of the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 to showcase topics such as design with CATIA and analysis and simulation with SIMULIA.

CE: Finally, are you looking forward to the COMPOSITES EUROPE show?
AS: We are really looking forward to the event as a way to get in touch with existing customers and potential new clients. The fair is a fantastic platform for doing this.