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  • Benefit from your personal exhibition space
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  • Position your company as a thought leader

Position your company as an industry leader

Smart Automotive Variant CON offers you the unique opportunity to position your business in front of leading complexity & variant management experts and is designed to maximise your time with your target audience and new business prospects. From the thought-provoking plenary and business stream sessions to networking at the Icebreaker and World Café sessions, your company will be front and center.
Do you have a solution or product and would like to present, exhibit or would like to meet active buyers?

Event Lead Partner

Dell EMC is part of the unique family of businesses Dell Technologies, that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.

Dell EMC enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services its customers – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s broadest, most innovative infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

ell EMC is part of the unique family of businesses Dell Technologies, that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.

Dell EMC enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services its customers – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s broadest, most innovative infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud.


Business Partners & Exhibitors 2018

We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Resilient PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible, and upgradable for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for the business of engineering. Customers include Airbus, GE, GM, Hitachi, Honda, Huntington Ingalls, Kawasaki, and Microsoft. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass.


Configit was founded in 2000 as a direct result of ground-breaking academic research by Professor Henrik Reif Andersen and PhD Henrik Hulgaard. Since that time, it has prospered under a highly academic staff of developers and software engineers. Configit Ace is an automotive enterprise application for authoring all configuration aspects of vehicles, both engineering and market intent, in a single model. Ace supports all phases of the configuration lifecycle, from engineering to sales, sourcing, manufacturing and service, by being the single source of all aspects of the configuration logic. All Configit products are based on the patented technology Virtual Tabulation. This technology has redefined what is possible with configuration in terms of complexity and speed, and enables Configit to make software that can handle and utilize complex configurations in a way that is both powerful to business and easy to use. Through cooperation with clients, Configit takes pride in helping organizations with complex configuration problems, as well as participating in shaping the future of configuration software.
We focus on providing solutions and methods for managing the ever increasing complexity of today’s enterprises, products and processes. With this approach, the company was established as an implementation-oriented problem solver in the industry. Today we consist of about 50 people committed to ensure your company’s success through their work as strategy and organizational consultants, as well as management coaches. We are headquartered in Aachen, Germany, with subsidiaries in St. Gallen, Switzerland (since 1991), and Atlanta, GA, USA (since 1997). The exact results of possible benefits through complexity reduction depend on the ability of the company to identify and understand individual complexity drivers, their interdependences and not least, to recognize their cost effects. Complexity management is necessary to master the interactions of the three complexity drivers. This is exactly where we have collected more than 25 years of experience. Thanks to our experience, our direct access to the most recent (state of the art) research results and our agility, we are capable to systematically analyze complex situations and to provide the information necessary in order to make meaningful decisions. To your immediate benefit and for minimizing risks in turbulent times.
CPC – Center for Product Customization is a supplier of competence and methodology for working with product architectures. This can be applied in the context of modularization, product range management, product configuration, complexity management, product family lifecycle management etc. CPC has operational experience from 250+ projects carried out in leading industrial companies. Combined with close international collaboration with universities, CPC develops and provides cutting-edge methodology and frameworks to meet the requirements of companies in the most competitive situations.

Acuity Solutions is a software engineering and consulting company in Product Line Engineering, Product Lifecycle Management.

To master your product diversity, Acuity Solutions has developed its own cutting-edge software, Pleiade.

Pleiade saves you time and effort: It makes your configuration documentation so easy that you don’t require special skills or staff support

Pleiade empowers real-time collaboration: It provides your cross-functional teams with shared views of Bill of Materials (BOM) applied to your unique business unit data model

Pleiade improves your quality and standardization: It monitors product line design progress and quality using AI-powered capabilities

Our services portfolio covers consulting, software customization, training and support.

Expert: World leaders in product diversity with more than 25 years of experience

Global: An end-to-end global provider of a range of services and solutions for diversity management

Smart: Innovative leverage in an application landscape of product diversity: PLM, ERP, MRO, CRM, SCM

Ingenious: Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking for the most complex requirements

For more details, visit our website.


We are the graphics for systems handling most complex variants and configurations. 25 years success in the market with superior visualization solutions from desktop to mobile has proven KISTERS to be one of the top players in the visualization industry. Clients ranging from small firms to well-known multinationals, 3DViewStation’s easy-to-use interface is suitable for all user groups and 100% customizable to each individual’s specific requirements. More than 3,000 customers and over 200,000 installations worldwide. In addition, KISTERS offers expert advice and support in concept development based on client requirements

Founded in 2001, pure-systems is a leading provider of tools and solutions for Variant Management and Product Line Engineering (PLE) for Complex Systems and Software. pure::variants enables integrated and automated PLE and Systematic Reuse in existing tools like DOORS, Rhapsody and Simulink, while managing complexity of features, dependencies, systems and variants.
pure::variants provides deep analytic insights into variants, and can deal with both structural and parametric variability across the V-Model, supporting diverse engineering assets like requirements and test cases, architecture & model-based-development, source code and documentation, Excel feature lists and calibration data, among others. Today, the solution is deployed with customers in the segments of Automotive, Avionics & Aerospace, Defense & Security, Industry Automation & Production, Rail & Transportation and Semiconductor.

Vendavo powers the shift to digital business for the world’s most demanding B2B companies, unlocking value, growing margin and accelerating revenue.  With the Vendavo Commercial Excellence platform, companies develop dynamic customer insights and optimal pricing strategies that maximize margin, boost sales effectiveness and improve customer experience. With an annual margin improvement totaling more than $2.5 billion across companies in chemicals, distribution, high-tech and manufacturing, Vendavo delivers cutting-edge analytics and deep industry expertise that help companies stay one step ahead. Vendavo is headquartered in Denver, CO and has offices around the globe. Learn more at Vendavo.com.

CONWEAVER offers software solutions for the dynamic and automated linking of heterogeneous data across system, process and company boundaries. We focus on the manufacturing sector, particularly on automotive, aviation, ship and rail industries. Global OEMs and suppliers use our Linked Data Search solutions to create transparency and traceability across domains.

From fragmented data to linked enterprise knowledge for your business success – WE MAKE YOUR DATA WORK in just 3 steps!


Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company,  spans with its software portfolio based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform a wide spectrum of domains from modelling and scientific simulation to production and logistics optimization for all industries.

Mastering vehicle engineering complexity across programs and sites is one of the key driver for our Industry Solution Experience “Modular, Glocal & Secure”, in order to define the global architecture of a vehicle and take benefit from the modularization strategy in the vehicle development processes. “Modular, Glocal & Secure” delivers a unified collaborative environment as single source of truth for all the company and its extended partners in all domains.



  • Define and optimize the product architecture
  • Control excessive proliferation of product or feature variants
  • Plan tests to validate features for successfully fulfilling requirements
  • Execute and monitor changes with impact analysis to ensure customer needs are met
  • Create an engineering configuration for review, simulation, and validation

Exhibiton Floor


…in it for you – and why partner the Smart Automotive Variant CON 2018?

Partnering at Smart Automotive Variant CON 2018

means getting connected to the right people in a space designed to optimize your relationship-building and deal-making. Sponsorship gives you access to the leading complexity and variant managment experts and R&D decision makers from the automotive industry through:


Meet more than 150 high profile industry leaders and experts in complexity and variants management as well as leading suppliers at your booth, at sessions, interactive round tables, networking platforms, in workshops and more.


Talk to the people you’re there to meet in more than 30 hours of networking. Host your own private breakfasts & lunches, C-Level One2One meetings, cocktail parties… Your prospects will get back to the office with your brand on their minds!


Have your brand featured on the main agenda, in our unique event app, in emails, on our website, and throughout the event floor space. Benefit from the ultimate social selling – share an experience with your customers. Showcase your brand in innovative ways via website, live channels and conference app throughout the full 12-month cycle, as well as having a physical presence onsite.


Showcase your solutions and run product demos to drive demand amongst your target market. Benefit from our dedicated and extensive marketing campaign to assemble the intranet and digital workplace community.


Promote your business as a thought leader in the automotive complexity and variants management ecosystem and launch a new product or business solution at the event.


Get your product in front of the right buyers – senior technical and business experts driving technology & strategy adoption enterprises, SMEs & start ups, gives an invaluable networking opportunity, providing a social and enjoyable environment to meet with all conference attendees and speakers. Drive sales leads pre, during and post event.

A creative and knowledge-building event with the most professional approach I’ve seen so far.
Magnus Antonsson
Nice setup where you get to know other participants in an easy way, mixed with many good presentations.
Mikael Gustavsson
Volvo Cars
Very interactive event. Good presentations and especially very good opportunities for networking.
Paola Campestrini
Flanders Make
Excellent platform for networking and assessing industry maturity in new business area and opportunities.
Dr. Tilak Raj Singh
Daimler Truck Asia
Good occasion to see what’s going on in the Automotive industry and have interesting discussions on variant management and PLM projects.
Mariagrazia Solda
CNH Industrial
Excellent presentations on the state-of-the-art of variation management in the automotive industry.
Manfred Schoelzke


We understand that the key reasons to attend a conference are to network, learn from our peers and make valuable business contacts. To facilitate this, we have created a range of bespoke packages managed through our dedicated concierge team, allowing you to maximize your time on site, meet the people you need to and create lasting value-adding business connections. These include:

HUBS Matchfinder! Powered by AI

HUBS is we.CONECT’s unique Event App & Matchfinder – Use our unique matching platform to make new connections, arrange meetings and find tailored solutions to your needs.

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Meet! Smart Automotive Variant CON

Discover who else is participating at the Smart Automotive Variant CON. Our unique Polaroid Picture Wall will help you identify who you want to meet at the conference.

Thought provoking...

…hosted Icebreakers, World Café Roundtables and various other workshops – 2 ½ days full with interaction uncover project details from other motivated delegates themed by Expertise.

Onsite Meeting Service...

…to make sure that your scheduled meetings will happen.

Say Hello

Get the show on the road. Discover who is joining the conference and why. To warm you up for the conference we invite you to get to know your conference peers. Have your business cards ready.


Round tables on the evening before the first conference day. The Icebreaker is a first informal networking.

Networking Dinner

Wind down, enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere to absorb all the new stimulations from the day.

Primary Media Partner

Industry of Things Voice is all about the Internet of Things, IT, IoT, Cyber Security, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. We gather the latest information, case studies, innovation studies, videos, surveys and exclusive interviews on these topics shaping the future and give most important opportunities & challenges their deserved space online.



…are our sponsors & exhibitors?

Our Business Partner are carefully selected to make sure that our attendees meet the right people. Smart Automotive Variant CON exhibition is covering following areas in 2018:

  • Global Variant Management Integration in the Product Development Process, Advanced Variant Complexity Management across the Full Product Lifecycle
  • New Approaches & the Future of Variant Management, Processes, Methods & Tools
  • Internet of Things in Product Lifecycle Management, Product Configuration & Digital Twins
  • Modularization Models, Frameworks, Concepts & Platform Solutions, Building Blocks for Product Platforms & Product-Service-Systems Engineering
  • Agile Methods & Principles to Reduce Complexity, Impact of Agile Development on Variant Management & Decomplexity
  • Variant Modeling, Data Management & Management of Mechanical Driven Variation
  • PLM Strategy, Process Design, KPIs & Measurements of Success
  • Product Platforms, Roll Out Processes, Tools & Evaluations
  • Product Line Engineering, Configuration Lifecycle Management, Phase Out Management, Product Cost Management and more…

Investments in technologies that simplify complexity in automotive engineering, efficiently manage variants, share knowledge and communicate are experiencing unprecedented growth and this requires an all-inclusive event platform to bring its key contributors and influences together in the one space.

Driven by generating genuine business connections, Smart Automotive Variant CON is committed to showcasing your products, ideas and innovations and ensuring they are shared with the right customers in a new and exciting way.

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