Paris/Düsseldorf/Brussels, June 2021 – The French EPSA Group has acquired four companies of the Düsseldorf-based Kloepfel Group as well as the Belgian Kronos Group. According to analyses by market research firm Lünendonk, the new alliance of EPSA, Kronos and Kloepfel is the largest consulting group specializing in procurement and supply chain management in the pan-European region, with more than 1,300 employees. In total, the merger comes to 1,600 employees.
Strong manpower for difficult times
The current structural crisis is forcing economic players to reorganize or even restructure and find new levers to deal with this unprecedented situation. This is where the new alliance comes in: From business strategy, finance and the transformation of organizations, to purchasing and supply chain optimization, to the re-engineering of production assets and costs, or the management of complex projects and the use of digital solutions.
Complementary expertise for a strong economy
Kloepfel: The new alliance for strong purchasing includes procurement consultancy Kloepfel Consulting, 4th-party logistics company Kloepfel 4PL, procurement outsourcing specialist Kloepfel Services and product cost optimizer Kloepfel Engineering. Marc Kloepfel and Duran Sarikaya will continue to head these four companies as managing directors. With over 200 employees and annual sales of around 25 million euros, these companies are among the leading purchasing service providers in the DACH region, Eastern Europe and the Netherlands. In 2021, Kloepfel Consulting received the prestigious public award “Best Consultants” from the business magazine Brand eins for the sixth time in a row.
Kronos: Kronos Group operates primarily in Europe and works in the areas of procurement consulting, finance, transformation and project management. With over 140 employees, Kronos Group is a fast-growing European company that generates over 14 million euros in revenue per year. The Group has received several awards for its exceptional management and development, including the Financial Times “Europe’s 1000 fastest growing companies” award in 2018 and 2019. The company continues to be led by its two founders, Catherine Van Wonterghem and Benoit Graas.
EPSA: EPSA Group’s 1,300 employees serve 4,500 active customers in 30 countries. The company boasts uninterrupted growth over the past five years, reaching annual net sales of 170 million euros in 2021. EPSA Group, a proven and respected player in the creation and delivery of sustainable performance, has managed to save over 3.6 billion euros for its clients since 2001. EPSA focuses on: Organizational Transformation, Supply Chain Performance, Tax and Benefit Optimization, Innovation Finance, Energy Consumption Optimization, Procurement Consulting and Outsourcing through EPSA Marketplace.
Matthieu Gufflet, founding president of EPSA, states, “This alliance strengthens EPSA’s position across Europe. The Corona crisis has clearly shown that companies on a global scale are looking for new levers to optimize performance. Our goal is to work together with our customers to drive the transformation needed to meet the challenges ahead.”
Marc Kloepfel, CEO of Kloepfel Group, explains, “We have decided to take this important step to consolidate our position on the global market, to bring fresh expertise on board and to be able to develop the entire group much faster. We are looking forward to working with EPSA and are absolutely sure that we have found the right partner for our further development. Our alliance offers companies every opportunity to take their purchasing to a new level as a driver of returns and innovation in global competition.”
Catherine Van Wonterghem & Benoit Graas, Founders of Kronos Group: “In less than ten years, we have become leaders in our market thanks to the development of a talented team of consultants and experts. This new and strong alliance allows us to join a family that shares the same vision and entrepreneurial culture while maintaining a high level of autonomy. We are extremely motivated to be part of this new adventure together with all our colleagues across Europe.”
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