Global engineering and consulting firm Ramboll has acquired BiPRO, a specialist chemical, health, sustainability and environmental performance consultancy. Ramboll will merge the firm and its 40 consultants into its global Environment and Health practice, Ramboll Environ.
Based in Munich, Germany with a staff of 40-strong, BiPRO support clients with a range of consulting technical advisory services, including policy-setting and development, environmental legislation support, compliance, sustainable innovation and operational improvement. BiPRO works for governments and bodies such as European Union and United Nations, as well as private sector organisations, of which industrial and chemicals clients are the main group.
Over the past years BiPRO has, on several large strategic projects, collaborated with Ramboll Environ’s Product Safety and Stewardship team. Based on the alliance’s success, the firms have now decided to join forces. “Since the start of our collaboration with BiPRO three years ago, it quickly became apparent that our respective complementary services would be enhanced by joining together more directly,” says Joachim Schmidtke, Managing Principal of Ramboll Environ*, who oversees the expanded operation.
With the addition of BiPRO, Ramboll both broadens and deepens its service portfolio, says Schmidtke. “Ramboll Environ’s product safety and environmental performance related work will be boosted significantly by BiPRO’s strong focus on global policy-setting and the environmental compatibility of products and processes. Having so many highly qualified and respected scientists joining our team will also increase the capacity of our strategic health sciences and environmental services.”
Reinhard Joas, Managing Director of BiPRO, says that his team is “excited by the prospect of becoming part of a global organisation with strong values and a commitment to creating a more sustainable society”, a move which in his view will benefit not just employees, but also clients and other external parties. “Working closely with the Ramboll Environ team clearly demonstrated a number of synergies and long-term advantages to working together in a more integrated way, offering greater benefits to everyone.”
* Ramboll Environ was established in December 2014 when Ramboll acquired ENVIRON, a deal that added 1,500 employees to its business.