Bilfinger buys Europa Support Services
Published: 06 January, 2014
German engineering and services group Bilfinger has acquired Europa Support Services for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition will allow Bilfinger, which already has a small presence in the United Kingdom facilities management market through its 2012 acquisition of Rollright Facilities, now known as Bilfinger HSG Facility Management, to deliver a pan-European and global facilities management service solution.
Europa, which was set up in 1971 and is now the United Kingdom’s largest independent TFM provider, employs 3,300 people and self-delivers integrated building and total facilities management services to clients across the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. These include intu, Land Securities, United Utilities, Lloyds Banking Group, Civil Aviation Authority, Prupim and RSA.
Bilfinger employs 70,000 in multiple countries across all continents. It is the largest facilities management provider in Germany and the third largest in Europe. The acquisition of Europa will place Bilfinger as one of the top 25 facility management businesses in the United Kingdom with a turnover of c£182m and c3,600 employees.
Europa will be rebranded Bilfinger Europa Facility Management with immediate effect. Europa’s senior management team led by chief executive Greig Brown, who has been with the business since 2008, will continue to lead the business.
“Europa has a strong geographical spread across the United Kingdom, excellent market penetration in key areas, a sound reputation for customer service and aspirations to grow as a business and diversify into new markets and specialisms. For those reasons, and the strong cultural fit between the two organisations, Europa is the perfect match for Bilfinger,” said Dr. Eckhart Morré, managing director of Bilfinger HSG Facility Management. “Bilfinger is looking to further establish itself in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland markets, which we see as critical to pan-European and global success and key markets in which we need to participate.”