Arcadis signs alliance with Indian based Chola MS

29 October 2014

Global engineering and consulting firm Arcadis has signed a strategic alliance with Cholamandalam MS Risk Services, one of India’s leading risk engineering consulting companies. As part of the alliance, the firms collaborate on SRM and environmental projects primarily in the oil / gas and transportation industries across India and South East Asia.

Established in 1994, Cholamandalam MS Risk Services (Chola MS) is a Chennai based risk consulting firm with a focus on the construction sector. The firm, a 50:50 joint venture between the multinationals Murugappa Group (India) and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group (Japan), operates mainly in the Asian market. Chola MS has a team of roughly 130 experts, working from offices in Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Arcadis signs alliance with Indian based Chola MS

With the strategic alliance, Arcadis significantly boosts its service portfolio in the area of safety and risk management (SRM), a fast-growing segment within the technical consulting industry. “The ability to identify and minimise risk exposure is an ever increasing concern for our clients as they enter more difficult environments such as offshore production and transfer facilities,” explains Mark Fenner, Global Director for Environmental Solutions at Arcadis. With the partnership in place, Arcadis will be able to leverage the specialist skills of Chola MS and hence provide clients with a “completer and better service”. In the coming months Arcadis will gradually integrate Chola MS’s service offerings into its existing portfolio and introduce the firm to its existing clients in the region.

“Arcadis is a global leader in its field and we are very excited about the opportunities this will bring for our clients and our people. We have worked on a number of projects within and outside India over the years and this will allow us to work with more clients,” says MM Murugappan, Chairman of Chola MS.


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”