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Hilti sets eyes on 4PS Group amid plans to expand software portfolio

by Liam Turner
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The Hilti Group is aiming to expand its software business by acquiring 4PS Group, which specialises in providing business management (ERP) solutions for the construction industry.

Together, Hilti says, the two companies can strengthen their position and help drive digital transformation within the construction industry.

4PS was founded in 2000 in the Netherlands, and has since expanded its presence to include the UK, Belgium, and Germany.

The business claims to have more than 70,000 daily users in the building construction, civil engineering, and installation sectors.

The Hilti Group supplies the worldwide construction and energy industries with technological products, systems, software, and services.

‘Important next step’

Thomas Hillbrand, member of the Hilti executive board, said: “As a company closely working with customers, and with a focus on supporting the digital transformation of the construction industry, 4PS Group is a perfect fit for Hilti.

“We also share the conviction that there is enormous productivity potential for construction companies in optimised business processes.

“Construction projects are complex, and administrative tasks take up a large amount of time; all the more reason for us to digitalise processes and make information easily and quickly available.”

Johan Bakker, director of Sales & Marketing at 4PS Group, said: “We are looking forward to joining forces with Hilti.

“Like Hilti, we understand our customers’ challenges and offer direct advice and support in implementing our innovative software solutions.

“It is an important next step to be able to take a leading role in the European market.”

Paula Middelkoop, director of Product and Development at 4PS Group, added: “Our customers, partners and employees will benefit from this acquisition.

“By integrating our services and cloud solutions into Hilti’s portfolio, we can together fully focus on becoming the trusted digitalisation partner for the construction industry.”

Both parties have signed the acquisition agreements, subject to approval by oversight authorities.

Hilti says it is committed to retaining the more than 350 team members, including management, in their current roles, where they will continue to develop new solutions.

The shareholders of the company, Wim Jansen, André Overeem, and Martin Westerink, will remain on the board of directors to support the integration in the coming years.

Hilti says the partnership with Microsoft remains a “cornerstone” for future business process management solutions.

Image credit: giggsy25/Shutterstock

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