Consulting and engineering firm Movares, specializing in solutions for rail, mobility, energy, and infrastructure challenges, has announced that it has reached an agreement with Innovus Smart Engineering to merge and become one of the largest independent engineering firms in the Netherlands. This new group of companies aspires to provide the most innovative and sustainable engineering services with societal impact, aiming to lead the way from project initiation and planning to execution and management. The group offers high-quality technical solutions for complex societal challenges.
Movares, headquartered in Utrecht with multiple regional offices throughout the Netherlands, has a rich tradition dating back to Dutch railway designers who have been creating iconic designs since 1839. Movares became an independent consulting and engineering firm in 1995, evolving into a company with a broad portfolio. In 2020, BRO, a company supporting businesses and government agencies with advice on spatial development, urban planning, landscape, and economics, joined Movares, strengthening Movares’ position in the early planning stages of projects.
Innovus Smart Engineering is a group of engineering firms with a proven track record in the field of the built environment and spatial planning. The group was formed in 2022 as a platform company within the portfolio of the Amsterdam-based investment firm Convent Capital through the merger of Zonneveld Ingenieurs, Ingenieursbureau Ulehake, MUG Ingenieursbureau, and software developer Future Insight. Zonneveld Ingenieurs excels in the digitization of engineering services, enabling Innovus Smart Engineering to better and more quickly serve clients with significant and complex challenges.
Society’s increasing reliance on engineering services is driven by societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, and aging infrastructure, all while facing a growing shortage of technically skilled professionals. By combining forces in the new group of companies, specialized knowledge in rail, mobility, energy, infrastructure, and buildings is coupled with expertise in digitalization. This makes the new group even better equipped to contribute to the large projects that must be realized in the coming years for a livable, accessible, and sustainable Netherlands.
The firms will continue to operate under their own brand names, with Movares being the leading brand. The executive team of the Movares Group holding will consist of Robert Claasen (CEO), Erik van Schie (CFO), and Harm Hoorn (CTO). The new combined entity has approximately 1,150 employees and an annual turnover of over EUR 170 million.