IER announces partnership with KRATZER AUTOMATION France

The project, which has been discussed since the end of March at the SITL, was announced yesterday: IER, the French industrial designer of solutions (a subsidiary of Bolloré group) and the French subsidiary of KRATZER AUTOMATION, the German software company have signed a strategic collaboration agreement in the field of TMS (Transport Management System). The Track & Trace Business Unit of IER (approx. 230 employees) which was created at the end of 2015, will now use its technical resources together with its sales capabilities in order to market and implement the integration of the cadis TMS solution of KRATZER AUTOMATION for its customers (i.e. freight carriers, courier/express, commerce/retail and logistics service providers) for fleets of more than 200 drivers.

“With this new partnership, we want to provide our customers the best offer and services in order to rapidly achieve a predominant key player position in this market” said Christophe Agaësse, Director of “Track & Trace” at IER since February 2016. At the same time, approximately 20 employees of KRATZER AUTOMATION France, with a turnover of 16 million euros for 2015, will mainly focus on consulting (pre-sales activities) and development (by keeping a commercial part of cadis dedicated to the shippers). “With IER, we will be able to invest our efforts in more global projects and in different business activities which go beyond the transport sector. This will lead to a necessary extension of our product range” added Jacques Trépant, Executive Director Operational Western Europe at KRATZER AUTOMATION.

The cadis solution is a comprehensive operational TMS specialized for land transport activities (it is not designed to handle the administrative activities of the transport sector). The solution encompasses Optimization, GPS, POD (proof of delivery), delivery dispatching, tracking, yard management, mobility under Android, Rules Engine, ETA/PTA (Estimated Time of Arrival/Projected Time Available) calculation. In France, it is already used by customers such as Ciblex, Schenker, Gefco, Eurotranspharma, or TNT. 




KRATZER AUTOMATION AG was founded in 1980 by Gerhard Kratzer and Paul Balz as Gerhard Kratzer GmbH, Automatisierungstechnik München. From the outset the company focused on creating industrial, process-related software, in the founder years, for example, for the operations control centre of Ruhrgas AG. The automation of engine test beds at SHELL and BMW Motorsport was soon to follow. The company supports the ADAC in optimising its breakdown service fleet through the use of mobile data communications. In the early 1990s, KRATZER AUTOMATION was transformed from a pure software company into a general contractor offering an end-to-end service. KRATZER AUTOMATION offers tailored solutions from the consultancy through the implementation and maintenance right up to financing. In 1999 the company was converted into a 'family stock corporation' in which the employees, management staff and founder families all have a shareholding. In 2013 Gerhard Kratzer transferred to the position of CEO to Robert Rubner and has since concentrated on the duties as CFO. Detlef Naundorf becomes a member of the Executive Board, increasing the board to now three members. In July 2015 Sibylle Pessall was appointed CIO and Andreas Pötz as CFO to the Executive Board with Gerhard Kratzer continuing to act as consultant.



For more than 30 years the software company KRATZER AUTOMATION has been supplying process-related solutions to the international automotive industry and the transport sector in Europe.
In the Test Systems business unit, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans and produces test systems for automotive development, predominantly for engines, turbochargers, gearboxes and other powertrain components. A major focus here is on test systems for energy-saving and eco-friendly drive concepts, with a particular concentration on the demands of hybrid or electric drives, battery and fuel cell technology.
With cadis, the operational TMS, KRATZER AUTOMATION's Logistics Automation business unit offers a transport management system for the planning, execution and analysis of all operative work processes for freight transport. Consignment tracking and optimisation of the processes in modern logistics companies are the central themes here.



KRATZER AUTOMATION currently has a staff of approx. 300 employees at the sites in Munich, Stuttgart, Kassel and Wolfsburg. The company is internationally engaged with corporations in France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and China. Among the customers of KRATZER AUTOMATION are companies such as: BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford, MAN, Porsche, Umicore, VOLVO and VW (Test Systems), bpost, Geodis, DB Schenker, GEFCO, IDS Logistik, Norbert Dentressangle, John Lewis, Österreichische Post AG (Logistics Automation) Rhenus Logistics and the Geis Group.


For 35 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION AG has been attaching importance to financial independence and long-standing relations with employees, customers and suppliers.

The company meets its social responsibility in a variety of ways. Support for local and supra-regional youth development projects, and the offer of an art award for artists with mental disability round out the company's social commitment.

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