Driving Digital Transformation Together

Independent, neutral, forward-looking - with these strengths, the international prostep ivip association has been successfully demonstrating its excellence on 4 continents for 30 years now. As shapers of digital transformation, we bundle the interests of manufacturers and suppliers in the manufacturing industry as well as IT providers in close cooperation with research and scientific institutions.

With innovative multilateral approaches, we develop end-to-end process, system and data integration for all phases of the product creation process, particularly in our project groups, to enable our members to achieve long-term competitive advantages. We are supported in this by a large network of worldwide partner organizations.


Darmstadt/Munich, April 2024 – "Digital Engineering - Ready for Seamless Collaboration" was the motto of this year's prostep ivip Symposium, which…

The prostep ivip association has officially welcomed Microsoft as a new member, extending the collective expertise of the product lifecycle management…

Intensive networking and an exchange of information with our Japanese members characterizedthe Date 8. Dezember in Tokyo: Informationsveranstaltung…

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Our unique added value

The prostep ivip project groups

Our project groups thrive on the experience and know-how of our international members from industry and research. The results of the intensive project work, which are profitable for all, can be found in white papers, benchmarks and recommendations within our media library. As a member of the prostep ivip association you are cordially invited to participate in the active project work.

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A concentrated load of knowledge

Grown from the cooperation of our international community. In this media library we collect the results of intensive project work. Here you will find publications on the different fields of work within prostep ivip. For members of the prostep ivip Association the publications are available for download free of charge. 

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Whether online or on-site

prostep ivip offers a variety of events. After all, continuing education, networking and intensive exchange are indispensable for driving forward-looking topics and jointly developing solutions for current challenges. In addition to the internationally renowned prostep ivip Symposium, the JT Day, STEP Day and vec Day have become particularly well established. Relatively new, but with a steadily growing number of participants, the System Engineering Summit held in Japan is becoming a permanent fixture in the Asian region. Some of the monthly web seminars are also open to non-members - all information is available on our homepage.

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Promoting young talent

prostep ivip supports the PLM minds of tomorrow

with 1,000 euros (master's thesis) or 4,000 euros (doctoral thesis) with the Scientific Award. You are a (prospective) engineer and your master or doctoral thesis deals with virtual product development? Would you like to present your ideas to representatives of leading manufacturers and IT companies? Then apply for the annual Scientific Award!  

In addition to the prize money (1,000 € master's thesis or 4,000 € doctoral thesis), we offer the winner in the area of doctoral thesis the opportunity to become part of the prostep ivip Symposium and to report on the results of the doctoral thesis within the "Scientific Track". A unique chance to leave a lasting impression on the expert audience and thus on potential future employers! 

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Our roots

prostep ivip is an association based in Darmstadt. It was founded in September 1993 at the instigation of 38 well-known industrial and numerous IT companies such as BMW, Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Delphi, Opel, Siemens, Volkswagen and 30 others, originally as part of the German STEP initiative. The aim of founding the association was that the competitiveness of German companies would be determined to a large extent by the development of modern procedures for efficient product data management.

The starting point was the joint development of the STEP (ISO 10303) data format, which was intended to ensure the independence of the manufacturing industry from CAD software suppliers. Since 2003, integrated virtual product creation (iViP) has been one of the association's pioneering scientific topics and has now established itself as the most important tool for shortening processes up to the product's market launch.

Today, it is still a major concern of the prostep ivip association to develop new approaches of end-to-end process, system and data integration for its members and to digitally support all product creation phases.

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Honorary members

When blazing enthusiasm for forward-looking topics meets decades of passionate commitment, this is the best prerequisite for honorary membership in the prostep ivip Association.

The experience and know-how of our honorary members are an invaluable advantage for our community. We are therefore only too happy to benefit from the passion of the annually growing crowd of honorary members who receive their award during the prostep ivip Symposium. 

As innovative pioneers with decades of association history, they not only pass on their knowledge as mentors to the next generation of PLM professionals, but also serve as advisors to the PLM community.