MR No.: 003/17
Singapore, Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Despite headwinds in the global economy, internationalisation will continue to drive the growth of companies in the engineering consultancy sector as infrastructure demand remains strong globally. Meinhardt Group, a leading global engineering, planning and management firm, is working closely with International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the government agency partnering Singapore companies in going global, on its expansion strategy to Africa and the Middle East. This includes the company’s recent acquisition of African engineering consultancy to gain in-roads into East Africa.
Acquisition & Expansion in Africa
According to the United Nations, several African cities are expected to grow by 50% or more by 20301, causing severe stress on the availability of water, transport, housing and power. An additional US$93 billion a year will be required to meet the demands of Africa’s urbanisation.
With this in mind, Meinhardt recently acquired a prominent engineering consultancy, Bhundia Associates2 (BA), in Kenya, East Africa in late 2016. IE Singapore has been sharing on-ground developments as well as connecting the company to key business partners in Kenya, eventually leading to the acquisition. By tapping the existing established networks of BA, Meinhardt is able to jumpstart its entry into Kenya and East Africa. East Africa is the fastest growing sub-region in Africa, consisting of high growth economies including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
Acquisitions have been a key part of Meinhardt’s business strategy to amplify its global presence3. Meinhardt’s new office positions the firm strategically within the region to offer its engineering expertise. Under the leadership of Meinhardt’s headquarters in Singapore, this will bring a total workforce of 450 employees in over 11 offices across the Middle East and Africa, making it one of the largest international and infrastructure consulting firms in the region.
“We recognise that in a time of rapid technological advancement and greater competition from regional and global economies, expansion and innovation are essential elements to increase our relevance to the world. Being one of the first Singapore engineering companies to acquire and set up its operations in the East and North Africa is a testament to our reputation and capabilities. While we stay committed to our core markets in Southeast Asia, we would also take advantage of Kenya’s established financial system and investor-friendly outlook to scale up our business in this continent, using it as a gateway into Africa.” Mr Omar Shahzad, Group CEO of Meinhardt Group said.
Said Mr Chua Taik Him, Deputy CEO, IE Singapore, “Engineering services is a specialised business which requires deep knowledge, proven experiences and a sound understanding of markets to be globally competitive. Companies with these conditions are in high demand, and they need to scale quickly into global markets to sustain competitiveness. IE Singapore is happy to be able to work closely with one of such companies, Meinhardt, to apply its expertise in water and environment field in the fast-growing East Africa region. This is in line with our charter to help Singapore companies scale internationally to achieve first mover advantage and to advance competitiveness.”
This acquisition builds on BA’s 40 years of indigenous experience to provide innovative engineering solutions, Meinhardt said, adding that it will open its second office in Kigali, Rwanda in the first quarter of 2017.
Expansion in Middle East and Egypt
To diversify and capture new growth, Meinhardt is also targeting the Middle East, given the booming real estate and infrastructure development opportunities. Meinhardt worked with IE Singapore to refine its strategy and broaden its business networks, having identified it as a potential market. Currently, the Group’s office in Cairo is staffed with a team of 35 technical staff with plans to expand to 100 by 2020. This Cairo office will act as a resource centre for its projects in the Middle East.
Meinhardt is expanding its footprints steadily in these continents. It recently signed a cooperation agreement with Sharjah’s Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) to modernise the water storage infrastructure in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates.
1 United Nations
2 BA was established in 1977, providing engineering and consulting services for public- and private-sector clients in the areas of infrastructure, water and sanitation and urban development.
3 Meinhardt’s last acquisition was a renowned Australian MEP engineering services consultancy, Murchie Consulting in May 2016.
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Meinhardt Group, with 45 offices worldwide, provides engineering capabilities in Infrastructure and Environment; Structures; Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP); Project Management; and Planning and Urban Development. Our specialist capabilities cover Façade Engineering; Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD); Specialist and Architectural Lighting; Fire Performance Engineering; Integrated Design Management; and Mission Critical Facility Design. Our team of experienced and responsive consultants provides a “one stop” approach for total project delivery, offering clients original and highly buildable design solutions that satisfy their cost and time requirements.
Annually the Group undertakes projects worth an estimated US$20 billion and ranks among the largest independent engineering firms globally by revenue. Some of our key projects include Marina Bay Financial Centre (Singapore); KL Sentral Station (Malaysia); TAMAR Development (Hong Kong); MGM Grand Ho Tram Integrated Resort (Vietnam); Xintiandi (China); The Dubai Mall (Dubai, UAE); Muscat International Airport (Oman); Nairobi Tower (Kenya); Dakar International Congress Centre (Sengal); Rialto Towers (Australia). In the last five years, we have won over 90 awards globally.
About Bhundia Associates
Bhundia Associates was established in Nairobi in 1977 and has grown progressively to become a premier multidisciplinary firm in Kenya. The firm has been actively providing professional services in development planning and engineering projects and was experienced in economic and feasibility studies, planning and design, contract documentation, construction supervision and commissioning of works. Bhundia Associates is a member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya, which is affiliated to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers and is registered with various parastatal organisations and Government ministries in Kenya and international donor agencies.
About International Enterprise Singapore
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