This year, ACONEXT once again presented itself, together with the elite of IT suppliers, as an exhibitor at the 12th Daimler EDM CAE Forum. Having selected “Communicate. Cooperate. Inspire” as this year’s motto, the exhibition offered the 6,000 visitors a great diversity of topics, with a large number of contributions and interactive workshops.

ACONEXT successfully demonstrated its expertise at all stages of the product design process in the highly qualified PLM and IT environment, as well as in the field of automotive engineering consulting: our experts, manning two separate booths, answered numerous questions on the key topics of “Systems Engineering – Consistent Product Design Process” and “Systems Engineering – Supplier Integration Using the Example of the Digital Drive Train”

The relevance and the possibilities of optimal supplier integration were analysed in several interaction scenarios. For example, the model of an articulated shaft offered an impressive presentation of the core competences of system engineering in the areas of geometric design, kinematics, CAE and tolerance management. In partnership with T-Systems, ACONEXT also presented a cross-booth and cross-company interaction on the subject of Predicted Engineering with IoT/Big Data of test data. The announcement of the partnership with Daimler Protics GmbH was another highlight of the ACONEXT presentation.

The lecture by our experts Dr. Guido Vielsack and Jochen Voigtmann on “supplier integration using a 3-D master method for the entire process chain” was very well attended. During their presentation, the two speakers gave exciting insights into the digitalisation of the development process chain and met with lively interest in the plenum.

We would like to thank Daimler AG for the opportunity to make our contribution to this trend-setting event. We also thank all attendees and all the visitors to our booths – we are looking forward to the next occasion for discussing the future of digitalisation with you.

ACONEXT has been successfully certified this year, too, by the Top Employers Institute and awarded the title a Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2017. Yet again the company was able to demonstrate its extraordinary employee orientation based on objective assessment standards in the auditing process.

Each year employers who demonstrate excellent human resource management and strategy are certified worldwide by the Top Employers Institute. They have to comply with the defined and standardized high requirements in order to receive a certification. In addition all the records and answers are examined in detail by an independent and central body to substantiate the validity and value of the entire certification process.

In the assessment by the Top Employers Institute ACONEXT was able to substantiate successfully its excellent staff offers in the following areas: Talent Strategy, Personnel Planning, On-boarding, Training and Development, Performance Management, Management Development, Career & Succession Planning, Compensation & Benefits as well as Corporate Culture.

This auditing process proved that ACONEXT demonstrates excellent performance in employee orientation and has thus earned anew its place in the community of certified Top Employers.

Gerhard Schummer, the Managing Director of ACONEXT, “As a company active in the field of high-value Consulting and Engineering Services we are first and foremost reliant on the talents of our employees – especially in a highly technological and innovative environment such as ours. Thus we apply the very highest standards to the quality of our employment conditions and to internal employee development. For whoever focuses on employee orientation ensures that people are able to develop both personally and professionally. We are proud of having been awarded this prize in 2017, too.”

Further information on ACONEXT’s Top Employer Certification and well as on its Top Employer Company Profile can be found at

Doing something for one’s own health – many of ACONEXT’s employees have undertaken to do just this in the coming weeks. And the company will support them in the process: Together with more than 1,000 companies worldwide ACONEXT is taking part – for the very first time – in the Global Corporate Challenge©, a successful programme to promote occupational health.

The programme is designed to last three months and motivates the participants to fulfil a daily level of physical activity which they set themselves. The concept is simple – each participant records his or her activity using a pedometer and everything is added up in the respective team. So that the participants are not short-changed as far as entertainment is concerned, in addition to counting the steps, the steps taken are converted into a fictitious trip around the globe. So whoever moves more in daily life makes better headway on this round-the-world trip and reaches new virtual destinations. Because the participants are competing in teams, the co-operative friendly competition provides additional motivation to pay attention to more movement in daily life.

Highly-motivated participants

The response in the company is very good. Together with about 50,000 teams from all over the world one third of the employees at five locations have embarked upon the virtual journey.

“I never expected that so many colleagues would sign up,” says Thomas Köhler, After Sales Consultant in Fellbach. It was his suggestion to take part in the GCC. Like many people he carries out his job to a large extent from his desk. But now, through GCC, there is movement in the office. “The challenge only started a few days ago but we are already noticing that it is having a positive effect on our behaviour. We are paying more attention to our daily activities, are not taking the lift and are sometimes going out as a team at lunchtime”.

In addition there is a healthy dose of ambition as, in the end, one wants to perform well compared to the other teams and locations. And in a bad patch the team colleagues can motivate one another. Thomas Köhler knows that “Team spirit is the keyword”.

Management is convinced, too

The suggestion to participate came from an employee but Management also welcomes the programme. Gerhard Schummer, the Managing Director of ACONEXT, thinks that, “Via this initiative we would like to promote the awareness of our employees in their own health. Of course, the company also benefits because the workforce is fitter and more active. But the personal welfare of our colleagues is most important to us as our main focus is on people. It thus gives us all the more pleasure that by implementing the programme we were able to put an idea which came from the workforce into practice.” It goes without saying that Gerhard Schummer is also taking part in the Challenge.

GCC stands for Global Corporate Challenge©. The programme started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. In the meantime GCC works with companies around the world, trying to improve the health and performance of employees which concurrently leads to healthier operating results. Further information can be found on the GCC-Website.


Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2016

ACONEXT is proud to announce that the company has been certified by Top Employers Institute for its extraordinary employee orientation and has been awarded the title of Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2016.

Each year Top Employers Institute certifies employers throughout the world with excellent personnel management and strategy. An integral part of the Top Employers certification programme is that all companies that take part are subject to a uniform screening process. In order to become certified they have to fulfil defined and standardized high-level requirements. To enhance the significance and value of the entire certification process, all the responses and documentation are examined in detail by an independent, central body.

Top Employers Institute assessed ACONEXT’s employee offerings in the following categories:

  • Talent Strategy
  • Workforce Planning
  • On-boarding
  • Learning and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Career & Succession Management
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate Culture

This audit proved that ACONEXT shows remarkable achievements in employee orientation.

Steffen Neefe, Country Manager DACH of Top Employers Institute, “Optimum employee conditions result in people developing in their private lives as well as in their professional lives. Our detailed research has revealed that ACONEXT has created an outstanding employee environment and offers a wide variety of creative initiatives. These range from secondary advantages and working conditions to a performance management system which is fully consistent with its corporate culture.”

Further information on ACONEXT’s Top Employer certification as well as on its Top Employer company profile can be found at

This year’s Daimler EDM CAE Forum will be hold according to the motto „Global Engineering – Unique Products“ on July 22/23. The venue will take place at the ICS, Messe Stuttgart.

ACONEXT will be part of the forum on both days, showcasing the company’s expertise in the fields

  • NX Casting Methods Powertrain
  • 3D Master in the Applications Body-in-white and Powertrain

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you at our booths DP21 und DP22!

An expert lecture on “3D Master in the Applications Body-in-white and Powertrain” will be hold on July 23 at 3 pm in room C5.2+3.

Further programme notices and information are available at the Daimler EDM CAE Forum’s webpages.

The new premises in Böblingen were officially presented as part of ACONEXT‘s Innovation and Technology Day. A successful opening event provided the ideal setting for interesting lectures and interaction between customers and employees.

In addition to the talks given by Management and employees from the areas of Digital Consulting & Engineering, Electronic Engineering and After Sales, business associates, partners and employees could listen to lectures by prominent guest speakers. Heinz Simon Keil, an experienced strategy consultant at an international company, provided an insight into the future of value creation from the point of view of life cycle management in his talk. He also referred to the current topics Industry 4.0 and Design to Future in his remarks.
A further prominent guest speaker was Alfred Katzenbach, the well-known automotive expert, who has made ground-breaking decisions in the field of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) at Daimler AG over the last decades. In his contribution he discussed in a very visual way the growing importance of PLM systems and engineering collaboration in future.

The modern, newly-equipped premises at the Böblinger Atrium office centre provided a perfect showcase for the event. The harmonious atmosphere invited the guests to continue networking and hold lively discussions even after the lectures.

With the opening of the branch in Böblingen, ACONEXT is reinforcing its claim of providing innovative services in the field of technology consultancy close to the customer and off-campus. The company sees itself as a bridge builder between technology and development to build more efficient R&D processes in the automotive industry.