Our history

30 years of tradition
in the field of armed forces, defence, and security industry.


The birth of cpm GmbH

The business is registered with the city of Sankt Augustin on 1 January; the commercial register entry follows on 1 March.

Wolfgang Flume and Harald Helex are the two founding members and equal managing directors.

cpm GmbH has always been based on the two pillars of “publication of publications” and “events”.


The first publication

The first issue of the popular cpmFORUM is published not long after the founding of cpm GmbH.

The foundation of the first pillar was laid.

Since then, we have focused on six issues per year plus one or two special issues on a special subject.


The first event

The second pillar, event organisation, also starts to develop along with the very first issue of the cpmFORUM. The first event is the Army Logistics Conference on 22 and 23 January.


New formats

cpm GmbH launched two new formats just in time for the turn of the millennium:

The first editions of the paperbacks “Equipment of the Bundeswehr” and “German Bundeswehr” appear in the publications area.

The first poster is released as well.


Milestone: The 100th event

That year, we were hosting our 100th event with the “Logistics and Armament” conference on 24 and 25 October.


European countries

Since 13 and 14 November, we have been gaining a foothold in adjacent European countries with the logistics event in Vienna and other events.

The subjects of information technology and logistics and their orientation towards the future set the agenda.


The first founder departs

Harald Helex is the first managing partner of cpm GmbH to leave the company.


The Anwenderforum Logistik, “the” LOG.NET, celebrates its premier

The LOG.NET is held at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Sankt Augustin for the first time on 20 and 21 February. The format born that day has proven its worth since then.

Understanding of an increasing need to support the Bundeswehr on the commercial economy keeps growing.

This is exactly where LOG.NET offers an opportunity for relevant and sustainable “networking”.

The event is growing into the “place to be”!


A new face at the top

Frauke Wendt joins the company as its new managing director on 3 July.


The second founder leaves the company

Wolfgang Flume, the remaining one of the two founders, leaves the company on 21 April.


A fresh wind with a new manager

cpm GmbH gains a new executive on 23 December with Tobias Ehlke.


Leaving the dual leadership concept

Frauke Wendt steps down as managing director on 2 August. Tobias Ehlke now is the company’s sole head.


The event pillar is expanded

The Anwenderforum Rüstung und Nutzung “die” RÜ.NET is launched in Vallendar on 12 and 13 September. A success story begins.

A transparent dialogue platform and neutral meeting place are created.


Special format for a special challenge

Future Combat Air System – an industry-dominating subject for the coming years. The first FCAS meeting on one of Europe’s largest defence projects will be held in Berlin on 26 September.

We bring together the experts here in a thematic exchange between BMVg, BAAINBw, Luftwaffe, and industry.


Great changes

This year we are not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of cpm GmbH, but also the move from Sankt Augustin to Bonn.


New layout

cpmFORUM is changed to create a modern, attractive layout. The publisher’s team has been significantly rejuvenated in general. We also want to be progressive in the appearance of our premium product cpmFORUM. We believe that we have succeeded!


Premium partnerships

For the first time, we are offering companies premium partnerships of varying quality. We were able to win about a dozen partners in the bronze, silver, and gold categories in the first year already.


Special issue “20 Years of Base of the Armed Forces”

We are exclusively contracted for implementation of the anniversary publication by the SKB organisational unit. Our great joy in our job and hard work have once again shown results!


A new layout for the cpmFORUM


Special edition CIR 2.0

For the 5th anniversary of the CIR organizational area, we are publishing the special issue for the cyber and information space topic area together with the CIR command.


Events as a further flagship

In its fourth edition at the Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz, RÜ.NET22 has fully established itself as the leading trade fair for armaments and utilization.


cpmDIGITAL becomes independent pillar at cpm

cpm has been facing the megatrend of digitalization since the beginning of the year. Since January 2023, Wibke Pfeiffer has been strengthening our team as Head of cpmDIGITAL. As a first highlight and important milestone for cpm, we launched our news platform www.defence-network.com in spring and presented it to our community.


Special Edition 10 Years of the Bundeswehr Logistics Command

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, we are publishing the special issue for the subject area of logistics in cooperation with the LogKdo Bw.


Growth needs space to grow

The year starts with a big change: we are packing our things and moving from Dransdorf to Meckenheim. We are moving into our new headquarters there.