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BKW – A Successful Building Automation Challenger in Switzerland?

At first glance, the BKW group, a former nuclear power plant operator, part-owned by the Canton of Bern local government, seems an unlikely major contender in the Swiss building automation solutions and services market. However, two recent contracts awarded to Sigren Engineering, part of the BKW Building Solutions network, reinforce BKW as one of the leading Swiss players for complex building automation solutions in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.  In the last three years, the listed Bern-based energy group led by Suzanne Thoma, CEO, has pursued a successful strategy in transforming itself into a building technology and infrastructure service provider.  BKW’s service business has experienced continued growth, accounting for around 47% of the BKW Group’s total CHF 3.1 billion revenue. With its international network of around 130 companies and 10,500 employees, BKW now participates in technology-oriented growth markets having established itself as a market leader in the Building Solutions area. The group has completed two major acquisitions to achieve this […]

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