Roland Berger buys 30-person German manufacturing consultancy

For its first acquisition in three years, Roland Berger has taken over POLARIXPARTNER, a management consulting firm with a team of around thirty employees in Germany.

Hot on the heels of Stefan Schaible’s growth-focused revelations in Manager Magazin, Roland Berger has announced his first contract in 35 months.

The CEO of Roland Berger has admitted that the strategy and management consulting firm is working on an ambitious growth program, aiming to reach 1 billion euros in turnover in the coming years (compared to nearly 750 million euros). euros today), with inorganic growth integral to the drive.

POLARIXPARTNER, a Sarrebourg-based player specializing in strategy development, product teardown, value engineering, and cost and process optimization in manufacturing-focused sectors such as automotive, technology medical, pharmaceutical, aerospace and plant engineering, launches its program of agreements.

The transaction follows a period of collaboration between the two firms, particularly around technical cost optimization projects in Germany. “POLARIXPARTNER strengthens Roland Berger’s value chain and broad portfolio of services,” said Marcus Berret, Global Managing Director of Roland Berger.

“Not only do they complement us operationally, but we also share the same philosophy: we deliver measurable results to our clients and help them navigate the major transformations of our time. Joining forces is a natural choice, combining unparalleled industrial expertise, European heritage and a global mindset.

For POLARIXPARTNER, the merger with Roland Berger means the company will be able to tap into a network of more than 2,700 employees worldwide and partner with one of the leading manufacturing consultancies in the market.

CEO Markus Wiederstein: “Roland Berger is the only European voice among the major international management consulting firms, therefore the ideal partner for us. They will energize our offerings and help open the door to new markets.

Turning to chords is a rare decision for Roland Berger, although that should change in the coming years. According M&A Databasethe company has only entered into two deals in the past decade: Renovation in the United States (2019) and FMC Consultants in Germany (2015).

Meanwhile, Roland Berger repeatedly managed to repel hostile fusion attacks from his rivals, including coming close to being absorbed by a Big Four firm in 2013.

James R. Rhodes