20 years of CADENAS in Essen, Germany: A success story with a bright future

On April 15, 2004 a new CADENAS location was founded in Essen. Markus Poppinghuys started as Key Account Manager to close the last regional gap between the headquarters in Augsburg and the branches in Schorndorf and Wolfsburg. The Essen office is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Moving into new business premises

The foundation stone for the Essen office was laid in 2004. A year later, the company moved into new offices in the Essen Technology and Development Center (ETEC). With Jochen Hohm as project manager, the new team was quickly expanded.

The first CADENAS office at ETEC.

Customer events are quickly becoming very popular

With the active support of Alen Blechinger, Managing Director of CADENAS Solutions GmbH in Wolfsburg, various events for customers and interested parties on the topics of strategic parts management and electronic CAD product catalogs were established at the Essen location in the following years. In addition to the annual CADENAS event, the Industry Forum at the headquarters in Augsburg, these local events were very popular and always well attended.

Markus Poppinghuys at the PURCHENEERING Parts Management Day at the ETEC.

A pioneer in the field of digitalization

As a software developer, CADENAS is a driving force for new technologies. This is why the company has been an early adopter of online tools and web meetings - whether for internal meetings between locations or during and after the coronavirus pandemic through webinars for component manufacturers or the machine and plant construction industry.

20 years CADENAS in Essen: Time to say thank you

Markus Poppinghuys, Branch Manager of CADENAS Solutions GmbH in Essen, is proud: "In retrospect, 20 years is a very long time, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the CADENAS team who has contributed to the success of the Essen branch, especially Alen Blechinger, Managing Director of CADENAS Solutions GmbH in Wolfsburg, and Jürgen Heimbach, Managing Director of CADENAS GmbH at the headquarters in Augsburg.

Also the colleagues in Croatia, who take care of the customers in Essen, do an excellent job every day. "It is impossible to name them all," says Poppinghuys, "so we would like to thank Ladislav Antić, Managing Director of CADENAS Services d.o.o., and the team leaders Tomislav Petricevic, Stjepan Jukicic and Marijan Andrijanic in Slavonski Brod for the great cooperation in our customer projects".

Visiting the colleagues in Croatia.

Of course, satisfied customers also contribute to the success story, as Poppinghuys points out: "We would like to thank all our catalog and parts management customers who have placed their trust in us over the years and with whom we can look back on many successful years together.”

There's a lot of fun to be had in Essen, too: Jochen Hohm at a company event during a Hot Rot tour in Essen.

Review and Outlook

With the move within Essen from ETEC to Schürmanntrasse to modern and larger offices at the beginning of 2023, the course has been set for the further expansion and development of the Essen branch.

Currently, Jennifer Zurich, Jochen Hohm, Marcel Spielkamp, Zerin Kevric and Markus Poppinghuys form the local CADENAS team in Essen and are happy to support CADENAS customers every day.

The team is looking forward to continuing its way within the CADENAS Group and to continue the good cooperation with all customers and partners.

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