Altran buys automotive safety specialist Concept Tech

18 November 2014

Altran has recently acquired Concept Tech, an Austria-based firm that develops, simulates and tests services to ensure passenger safety. Financial terms of the transaction, which will see about 100 employees transfer to Altran, have not been disclosed.

Founded in 1998, Concept Tech has grown to one of the leading automotive firms in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) specialised in safety. The company helps manufacturers simulate and test their car safety through a range of crash test equipments and tools / facilities, as well as testing the safety of interior products such as airbag systems and pedestrian protection devices. Concept Tech in addition provides specialist safety engineering and consulting services.

Altran buys automotive safety specialist

Concept Tech will be integrated into Altran’s automotive industry, which consists of approximately 3,500 engineers and consultants. The practice has on the ground premises in 10 countries, serving clients in more than 20 countries, including Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Volkswagen, Fiat en BMW. Based on the added skills and capabilities, Altran will launch a new Center of Excellence that will specifically focus on vehicle safety (dubbed the ‘World Class Centre for vehicle safety’).

Altran is following its strategy of helping automotive clients to innovate and deliver attractive mobility solutions more efficiently”, says Mario Walenta, Altran Vice-President for Automotive, Infrastructure and Transportation. “With the creation of this World Class Centre, Altran becomes one of the world’s largest independent engineering providers for passive vehicle safety.”

Christoph Knotz, CEO and General Manager of Concept Tech, adds: “Joining the worldwide competence network developed by Altran will allow us to innovate faster than ever and enable us to provide new and unique services, like the augmentation of passive safety structures with active elements, to our clients in the automotive industry and beyond.”

Altran - Concept Tech

The automotive sector represents one of the largest industries for Altran, and is earmarked as a strategic growth priority in its ‘2012-2015’ strategic plan. In July the French-origin firm opened a new office in Mexico to serve its global automotive clients in the region, and in 2012 it acquired IndustrieHansa, a German firm (~1,800 professionals) that specialises in the automotive industry.


SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”