American consultants are wrong to try and run their UK businesses from their US headquarters, believes Earth Tech president Alan Krusi.
He was commenting on NCE research which indicated that American consultants had failed to make a strong impression on the UK civils market (NCE 1 September).
'I wouldn't disagree with anything there, ' said Krusi.
'Our view is that engineering is a local practice. I don't believe that US management adds a great deal of value in the operation of local offices.' Earth Tech's business is 55% non-US based and all are run locally. It grew rapidly in the 1990s by acquisition, with staff numbers rising from 1,000 to 9,000 within six years.
'The engineering market in the UK is very mature and US companies aren't going to teach UK businesses how to conduct their business.' Earth Tech established its UK base two years ago when it acquired Yorkshire Water's engineering unit.