Another milestone in the growth strategy has been achieved. Hefas Brandbeveiliging from Duiven, Netherlands is the first acquisition of CWS Fire Safety abroad.
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Duisburg, 24.06.2021 – CWS Fire Safety GmbH, the CWS Group company that specializes in preventive fire protection, continues its growth course in the fire protection sector and takes over the Dutch company Hefas Brandbeveiliging. In 2020, Hefas achieved sales of EUR 6.5 million with around 40 employees. Hefas is a perfect match for CWS Fire Safety, as it also offers its customers a full range of fire protection services for all types of property from a single source. This includes fire detection and evacuation, structural fire protection, extinguishing solutions and emergency lighting. A special focus of Hefas is on fire alarm systems. “The exchange on the acquisition with Hefas was highly professional. Hefas is in a very good organizational and economic position, which has led to an efficient acquisition process”, says Daniel Koller, who managed the acquisition as Lead M&A at CWS Fire Safety.
The employees will all be taken over and the location should potentially be expanded further together with the existing management team in order to be able to offer customers an even larger portfolio. Ulrich Schild, Managing Director of CWS Fire Safety GmbH adds, “In the future we would like to combine fire protection and safety technology even more closely. In Germany, we already offer both technology systems regionally, and that should also be the case for foreign locations in the future." Not only in the Netherlands, but also in other European countries, discussions are ongoing with companies that are active in the field of fire protection or security technology. CWS is very interested in acquiring more companies.
CWS Fire Safety GmbH, founded in September 2018, employs around 500 people. With its promise to protect people and property, the division makes an important contribution to the goal of the CWS Group of creating a healthier and safer tomorrow. As a full-range supplier of fire protection solutions, CWS Fire Safety is aiming at operators of all types of real estate. From advice to planning, design and installation to acceptance, maintenance and repair, your customers receive everything from a single source: These include extinguishing systems, fire alarm systems and fire doors as well as fire protection training. The focus is on high quality and reliable service, as well as personal support and customer proximity. In addition, the CWS Fire Safety Academy was founded in 2020. Its aim is to ensure the internal training and further education of all employees in the area of fire protection and thus the high quality for the customer.
With innovative, sustainable and digital rental solutions, CWS contributes to a healthier and safer tomorrow. The CWS offer is divided into products and services from the areas of hygiene, mats, work clothing, fire protection, clean rooms as well as health and care. CWS is a brand of CWS International GmbH and its subsidiaries. The group currently employs around 11,000 people in 15 countries. In 2020 the company generated sales of 1.242 billion euros. CWS International GmbH and its subsidiaries are 100 percent owned by Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH.
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