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When Digitalization Was Still Called EDP

Uhde proved quick off the mark and bold in using electronic data processing systems, successfully exploiting the efficiency and effectiveness of the innovative technology to its advantage.

1960s and 1970s

These two decades saw an unprecedented innovation offensive which made Uhde unique in the plant contracting business: its first use of an EDP system in the early 1960s, the early establishment of a high-performance data center, the use of visual display terminals, the networking of German and international locations in the early 1970s and, somewhat later, the introduction of compilers for thermophysical properties, CAD systems, computer-assisted procurement and materials scheduling systems.


With the advent of the first personal computers in the 1980s, Uhde broadened its range of EDP activities in all technical and commercial/administrative areas through proprietary developments and took on a pioneering role in the chemical plant contracting business.

Picture: Our first PDMS model (1994)

1990s and Noughties

With the introduction of 3D CAD systems on high-performance workstations at the beginning of the 1990s and a modern SAP landscape, Uhde set new standards for a discipline-integrated approach combined with highly efficient commercial execution. The noughties were marked by a continuous enhancement of cost-efficient, integrated solutions based on targeted data exchange and data consolidation from design to commissioning as well as by an improvement in international cooperation through the use of collaboration tools and platforms.

The Present Day

The company focuses on the digital transformation, development and operation of innovative cloud/web-based digital solutions and products that ensure competitive advantages across the entire value chain through flexibility, speed and connectivity, thus enabling new business models.