ARUP IS to merge all of its seperately owned national businesses across the world into a single global firm, chairman Bob Emmerson said this week.
Emmerson told NCE that the consultant was moving away from separately owned trusts around the world to create one global entity to respond better to an increasingly global market.
'We want to be one family again, ' he told NCE this week.
'We are being approached more and more by global clients such as major manufacturers, finance houses and banks. We need to provide consistency of quality and processes across all our offices.'
Emmerson said that the changes would make it easier to create project teams of engineers from all over the world.
His comments came after confirmation last week that the Ove Arup Partnership had merged with Arup Australasia to create the newly named Arup Group after 18 months' preparation from lawyers. This followed the merger with the 30 strong Arup Singapore office last month.
The merger with the Sydney based office, which has been owned as a private trust since 1977, means the newly named Arup Group now directly owns its offices in London, Hong Kong, Europe, Asia and Africa, and America.
Arup offices which are separately owned trusts still operate in Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Malaysia and Brunei.
The newly created Arup group now has an annual turnover of £385M and 6,250 staff which Arup claims makes it one of the largest privately owned engineering design firms in the world.
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