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About Us

Founded in 1992 by Richard Turner, an IT entrepreneur with a special interest in the kitchen retail sector, ArtiCAD has grown to become a major force in the KBB industry both in the UK and overseas. The company’s flagship products, ArtiCAD-Pro and BathCAD, are used by more than 7500 designers in the UK market alone, with a rapidly expanding number of users in North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.

In February 2016, leading IT solutions provider, SHD AG, purchased the majority shareholding in ArtiCAD Holdings Ltd. Since its foundation in 1983, SHD Group has focused on the development and implementation of IT solutions for the kitchen and furniture retail channel, within which it holds a market leading position in the DACH region. Solutions include ERP systems for furniture retailers, planning solutions for kitchen, bathroom and living rooms, as well as cross-industry solutions for warehousing, financial and personnel management.

Whilst ArtiCAD's software solutions have changed dramatically over the years, the company’s commitment to product and service innovation has remained at the heart of ArtiCAD’s activities for over two decades. And this dedication to technology innovation and customer service, combined with a wealth of experience in the KBB sector, means that a number of clients from the very earliest days of ArtiCAD remain with the company to this day.

ArtiCAD is headquartered in Watford, United Kingdom, which also provides the base for all the company’s customer services, training and product development activities. SHD AG is headquartered in Andernach, Germany.

Company Milestones

  • 1992 ArtiCAD founded with the aim of developing fast and easy to use kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design software for KBB professionals.
  • 1994 opened an office in South Africa
  • 2002 entered the US market and established ArtiCAD Ireland Ltd.
  • 2004 first release of BathCAD
  • 2007 launch of Supplier Partnership Programme
  • 2008 launch of patented online design presentation technology, MyRoomFinish
  • 2009 winner of prestigious Institute of Export award in recognition of the company’s international sales expansion
  • 2011 ArtiCAD Room Planner, online planning software, released
  • 2014 ArtiCAD Online, hosted soluton, released
  • 2014 Pan360, ArtiCAD's immersive 360° panoramic design viewer released
  • 2015 winner of BKU  'KBB Industry Best Software' award
  • 2016 SHD AG acquired majority shareholding in ArtiCAD Holdings Ltd
  • 2016 winner of Designer Gold Award for App technology innovation 
  • 2017 ArtiCAD acquires majority stake in Smart Systems

Our Mission

To build a strong, profitable company committed to the continued and consistent delivery of relevant, innovative software solutions and services that set standards for excellence in the industry and which help our customers sell.

What makes us special?

Helping you sell … all our software developments and service innovations are designed to help you sell more, to sell more easily and to sell more quickly.

Simple to use … designed by designers for designers, our software is intuitive and easy to use. Its unique flexibility complements and showcases your own design skills.

The fastest design solution … with just a day’s workshop style training (included as standard with every copy of the software) or a couple of hours using our online tutorial, stunning room designs can be created in just ten minutes.

Perfect presentations … the quality of both the manufacturer-specific and generic graphics guarantees stunning 3D presentations wherever and whenever you need them - in showrooms, on desktop and laptop computers, on tablets, smartphones , online and via email.

Working in partnership … ArtiCAD’s dynamic and rapidly expanding Supplier Partnership Programme ensures the latest products from industry leading suppliers and manufacturers are immediately available as comprehensive, easily searchable graphics catalogues.

Open architecture ... our software, which conforms to international software development standards, supports an open architecture to ensure that it interfaces seamlessly with leading business management and productions solutions.

Customised for you ... for those organisations that need a tailor-made solution, ArtiCAD has a long and successfully history in software innovation, customisation and systems integration.