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ERP specialists in variant management

VLEX is one of the most innovative providers of ERP systems in the German-speaking world. With over 40 years of expertise, we offer tried-and-tested software solutions for medium-sized companies.

For over 40 years, VLEX has been your reliable partner for digital transformation and automation in the medium-sized manufacturing and wholesale industries. As part of the VLEXgroup, comprehensive strategy and process consulting, high-quality hardware, integrated solutions and first-class managed services are offered at five locations.

The centrepiece is the cloud-enabled ERP software VlexPlus, which acts as a central data and process hub, mapping all processes in your value chain right down to the shop floor. Developed for the complex requirements of variant and contract manufacturers, the ERP software is based on one of the most modern technology and process frameworks of our time. It enables consistently networked work across system and company boundaries.

With industry extensions, customised apps, seamless eCommerce and cloud connections and the integration of smart workflow technologies such as IoT, AI, sensor technology and robotics, VLEX creates transparency, efficiency and a decisive competitive advantage for you in variant and customer order-oriented production.

At VLEX, your individual requirements take centre stage. The ERP specialist understands your industry and your challenges and offers you customised solutions that optimise your business processes and lead your company successfully into the future.

Successful for more than 40 years

  • 1977

    update Unternehmensberatung für Programmierung und Datenverarbeitung GmbH founded.

  • 1983

    SWING Software GmbH founded.

  • 1985

    update becomes an IBM partner; development of tailored update industry-specific solutions. First tailored projects undertaken for small/medium-sized companies.

  • 1986

    First client installation of SWING-PPS.

  • 1987

    SWING becomes a subsidiary of Servo Comp GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany (Metro Group); SWING Software GmbH rebranded as Servo Comp Gesellschaft für Systementwicklung und Beratung mbH.

  • 1994

    Introduction of the first update standard software solutions on the AS/400 system and development of a release concept.

  • 1997

    IBM appoints update as a business partner; SWING Software GmbH set up as an employee company formed from the former Servo Comp Gesellschaft für Systementwicklung und Beratung mbH.

  • 1999

    Strategic restructuring of update; update texware GmbH set up on the back of the acquisition of business units of a textile rival; update texware GmbH becomes a market leader within the textile industry. Division into ms update GmbH and tx update.

  • 2000

    update sold to Haitec AG, a new listing on the market, becoming the latter's business unit and competence centre for ERP systems.

  • 2001

    Redemption of the update shares held by Haitec AG; update Solutions AG established; focus is on the core competencies of development and sale of standardised application software for small and medium-sized businesses in the "technical wholesale" and "variant production" sectors.

  • 2002

    update celebrates its 25th anniversary as a firm; update business services GmbH established, which assumes responsibility of central services provision for the update Group; first installation of SWING-PPS as a client-server solution.

  • 2003

    Expansion of the SWING Group partner and firm network in Germany and Switzerland; SWING celebrates its 20th anniversary as a firm.

  • 2004

    Sale of update Systemintegration GmbH & Co. KG (hardware segment); new graphics client and platform independence for UPOS.

  • 2005

    Solution partnership with Semiramis AG; focus is on defined core industries in the small/medium-sized sector; a start is made on VlexPlus software development; update Solutions AG becomes an ISV partner of IBM; expansion of the eBusiness and Business Intelligence segments.

  • 2007

    Cooperation agreement between SWING and update Solutions; development community for the "Variant" module based on Semiramis; update celebrates 30 years as a firm.

  • 2008

    VlexPlus becomes a registered trademark and is launched as an ERP system for variant production manufacturers; update and SWING are granted Semiramis partner status as "Industry Solution Partners".

  • 2009

    The firms in the SWING Group merge with update Solutions AG to form a joint holding company, SWING update Holding AG, based in Sursee, Switzerland. The VLEX Group with sites in Achim, Dürnau, Koblenz, Kulmbach, Rheineck and Sursee is born. On 01/08/2009, SBK GmbH based in Dürnau (Stuttgart, Germany) is incorporated in the VLEX Group.; For the first time, VlexPlus won the 2009 IT Innovation Award in the category "Landessieg Bayern".

  • 2010

    VlexPlan becomes a registered trademark and is launched as an Business Software for manufacturers, contractors, wholesalers and architects in the section of doors, industrial gates and architraves. VlexPlus was awarded with the 2010 IT Innovation Award. For the second time in series as "Landessieger Bayern" and in the category "ERP" nationwide.

  • 2011

    Major contract for the VLEXgroup - the second largest office furniture corporation worldwide commissions the pan-European multisite ERP launch; start of sales partnerships in Germany, Italy and Switzerland to further develop the distribution infrastructure.

  • 2012

    App technology is introduced into VlexPlus software development; a furniture corporation with global representation commissions the VLEXgroup with the ERP rollout in Asia, starting in China; VLEX software turns mobile and can be made available via the Cloud.

  • 2013

    VLEX and its companies can look back on a corporate history of 35 years; the business units Software Development, Consulting and Sales are merged into one company under the name VLEXsoftware+consulting gmbh.

  • 2014

    A globally operating manufacturer of special vehicles and associated special components has decided on VlexPlus for its trading department; the VlexPlus UPOS precursor gets a newly developed browser interface; VlexPlus is once again awarded a prize in the IT Innovation Award competition.

  • 2015

    Next Generation Management –the current management transfers the administration of the company to younger hands, with the further support of the older generation; VlexPlus prepares itself for the age of industry 4.0.

  • 2016

    The ongoing digitization in the small- and medium-sized business, IoT, future technology and the increasing influence of the customer with regard to the products and an integrated variant management are the main and strategic topics in VLEX; VLEX Kulmbach will become company training center, in Kempen (North Rhine Westphalia) a new location arise and the VLEX-subsidiary Achim moves to Bremen to a new office premises.

  • 2017

    The group of companies can look back on 40 successful years as a strategic "IT building block" for medium-sized companies; the VLEXgroup celebrates its 10th anniversary; a key player from the door and frame manufacturing sector operating throughout Europe opts for VlexPlus; the VLEX User Forum takes place again in Kassel every two years under the motto "digital transformation in medium-sized companies"; VLEX expands and moves into new offices in the heart of Kulmbach

  • 2018

    Customer-specific products with high demands on a continuous variant management will be competitive for medium-sized producers; digital topics such as Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality and Internet of Things are being integrated into the processes of corporate worlds; the data protection regulations become law; VLEX as a company makes VlexPlus becomes DSGVO-compliant; a world market leader in the field of southern Germany in the area of metal processing introduces VlexPlus; the VlexPlus Major Release 6.0 is about to be delivered; the number of VLEX employees continues to rise.

  • 2019

    The topics of the digital transformation win for companies significantly in importance; ERP systems are developing into data platforms; VlexPlus provides the architecture for enabling through its modern technology; this year's VLEX Customer Forum in Würzburg is again generating a great deal of interest; a wood-processing market leader in southern Germany decides for the group-wide introduction of VlexPlus; VlexPlus is becoming even more mobile; VLEX develops apps for mobility based on OEM partner software; ERP software for the so-called variant manufacturer will continue to be available on the market - in strong demand.

  • 2020

    The effects of the Corona pandemic pose major challenges for business and society; at the same time, it is opening up unimagined potential on the path of digital transformation; in ERP systems, the close examination of infrastructure, data and processes is coming to the fore; technologies such as IoT or AI are proving to be the basis for digital innovations, and this is also the case for VlexPlus; VLEX is converting all its sales and project activities to remote with great success; a globally active manufacturer of fire-fighting manufacturer of fire-fighting systems and commercial vehicles decides to introduce VlexPlus; closer to the market - VLEX opens a new location in Stuttgart for sales, consulting and project work.

  • 2021

    Remote is the "key"; from the ERP selection process, to project realisation, to support from the home office; online tools enable successful day-to-day business with our customers - almost without the usual face-to-face appointments; a good economic trend leads to a very successful financial year - the VLEXgroup continues to grow; First concrete applications in the market from the areas of IoT and AI promote the close coupling between ERP as the central system in the companies and other technologies; the topic of "products strongly influenced by the customer" in combination with modern variant management has developed into the competitive factor decisive for success in the companies; VlexPlus is upgraded to the new release 6.1

  • 2022

    In the course of the advancing digitalisation and automation of value chains, the topic of ERP as an information hub and backbone in the company continues to enjoy high importance; the focus is on data quality and data architecture, and their processes; integrated variant management continues to play an important role in the market; Very positive feedback from our participants for the fourth VLEX Customer Forum in Würzburg - finally back in attendance format; mobile use is the order of the day - VlexPlus is getting more mobile apps based on low-code technology; functional innovations in the areas of quality management, logistics, scheduling and the graphical display of appointments and events were released. were released; the VLEXgroup continues to develop very positively as a successful, medium-sized player in the ERP software market; Rebranding of VLEX with a new CI and modern internet presence.

  • 2023

    VlexPlus, as a strong ERP backbone in the company, is increasingly demonstrating its capabilities as an IoT platform for digital transformation, with artificial intelligence (AI) being of strategic importance; integration of new functionalities in the areas of finance, production and logistics for even more efficient supply chain management; release of VlexPlus 6. 3 with a new look and feel; development of mobile apps based on low-code; expansion of business intelligence and dashboard functions for deeper data analyses and graphical displays; the VLEXgroup continues to expand its position as a successful, medium-sized ERP provider; the number of employees continues to grow; opening of a new location in Düsseldorf as part of the growth strategy.

Facts and figures

Key facts about the company

Parent company

VLEXgroup AG
Christoph-Schnyder-Str. 46
CH-6210 Sursee, Switzerland

Legal form

Public limited company under Swiss law

Main Register

Canton of Luzerne 

Subscribed capital

1,80 Mio. CHF

Supervisory Board

Lorenz Ambühl (Chairman)
Thomas Baum
Ulrich Meyhöfer
Max Pfister

Firms belonging to VLEXgroup AG

VLEXsoftware gmbh
Headquarter in 95326 Kulmbach (DE)

VLEXbusiness AG
Headquarter in 6005 Luzern (CH)

Business units

ERP, Financals, DMS, Business Intelligence


Consulting, Software, Sales


Manufacturers and wholesalers with complex variant structures in their products or ranges

Core segments

ERP software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as associated OEM applications and services

Our locations

VLEXsoftware gmbh
Fritz-Hornschuch-Straße 12
95326 Kulmbach
Tel. +49 9221-691770

VLEXsoftware gmbh
Teerhof 59
28199 Bremen
Tel. +49 421-5489118

VLEXsoftware gmbh
Stockholmer Platz 1
70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711-78119380

VLEXsoftware gmbh
Grafenberger Allee 293
40237 Düsseldorf
Tel. +49 211-61633 100

VLEXbusiness AG
Werftestrasse 4
CH-6005 Luzern
Tel. +41 41-9219949

VLEX management

Jens Pfeil-Schneider
Managing Director (Chairmanship)


Siegfried Laibach
Managing Director


Dr. Martin Müller
Managing Director


Thomas Baum
Chief Financial Officer


Lorenz Ambühl
Chairman Supervisory board



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VlexPlus – Contact
+49 92 21 - 691 770
+41 41 - 921 99 49