Engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has acquired Lanner, a UK-based hybrid software and consultancy firm specializing in predictive simulation for industrial clients.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s strategy is to offer services that combine its extensive engineering and consultancy knowledge with data-driven and technology-based solutions. Its acquisition of Lanner, with its simulation software (WITNESS), which connects physical assets, processes and resources into a single digital model, supports this strategy.
Erik Oostwegel, CEO of Royal HaskoningDHV, said, “Today’s rapidly changing business environment requires organizations to be able to quickly adapt and act. Simulation is the most cost-effective way to assess what-if scenarios of business process changes. Predictive simulation helps to make fact-based investment decisions, improve operational efficiency and embrace Industry 4.0. It enables us to better support our clients on business questions such as ‘What happens if we expand our production capacity,’ or ‘What would be the best Industry 4.0 investment for our specific situation.’”
The predictive simulation technology provided by Lanner also strengthens Royal HaskoningDHV’s focus on further building its digital twin offering. WITNESS offers optimization capabilities together with scenario management functionality. Combined with Royal HaskoningDHV’s broader digital capabilities, clients can be supported with a predictive digital twin that is able to hunt for the optimum balance between customer service levels and operational costs.
With the acquisition of Lanner, Royal HaskoningDHV aims to strengthen its market position in the UK, especially in consumer goods, manufacturing, automotive and energy. In Asia Pacific, the focus will be on the growing consumer goods market, combining Lanner’s predictive simulation with Royal HaskoningDHV’s parametric business consultancy.
Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed.