Bechtle expands CAD/CAM business.

  • Bechtle acquires software specialist C-CAM
  • Acquisition reinforces market position in eastern Germany

Neckarsulm, 2 November 2016 – Bechtle is acquiring C-CAM GmbH in Chemnitz, Germany, a move that will further bolster its business in design applications for the manufacturing industry. C-CAM, which currently has 20 employees, specialises in CAD, CAM and PDM software. It will continue operating under the C-CAM name as a subsidiary of SolidLine AG, which itself joined the Bechtle Group in 2011. The acquisition will reinforce SolidLine’s presence in the eastern part of Germany. Christian Popp, who has led C-CAM up until now, will remain the company’s managing director. Both parties to the transaction have agreed to keep the acquisition price confidential.


Founded in 1997, C-CAM GmbH is the most successful independent SOLIDWORKS reseller in eastern Germany. It offers a comprehensive range of services for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD solutions and Edgecam, a CAM software. Although C-CAM serves primarily manufacturing firms in the German states of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, it also maintains long-term ties with customers throughout the country. “We’re very excited to have brought such an experienced specialist on board. The C-CAM team has earned an excellent reputation as a strong solutions partner for mid-sized industrial firms. Their well-honed skill and expertise will be a significant asset to our software business in computer-aided manufacturing,” states Norbert Franchi, Chairman of SolidLine AG and head of Bechtle’s software and application solutions division.


“As managing director, I did not take the decision to join a large group like Bechtle lightly. However, our discussions and the acquisition process as a whole were held in a very professional and pleasant manner, which confirmed to me throughout that Bechtle is the right partner for us. I look forward to a successful future together,” says Christian Popp, Managing Director of C-CAM.


SolidLine AG operates ten offices in Germany and is represented in the eastern part of the country by teams in Berlin and Greifswald. Located at ITC, an industrial estate in Chemnitz, C-CAM GmbH offers state-of-the-art user-training facilities as well as its own CNC laboratory. In 2015, C-CAM was recognised by vendor partner Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS for achieving the highest customer satisfaction in central Europe.