CEO Statement

Dorsch Gruppe continuously on the road to success

Higher transparency of our service processes, a strong focus on the core competencies of our individual company divisions and clear positioning in our target markets Central Europe, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia are the focal points of our group-wide development.

While the global economic crisis had a significant impact also on the Dorsch Gruppe as early as 2008, the recent years marked by the financial and Euro crises as well as the fall in oil prices proved that our internationally diversified business model enables us to compensate for slowdowns very effectively. We have been successful in greatly expanding our strong positions in international markets such as the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. In fact, we still achieve more than 80 per cent of our turnover abroad. This confirms once again that our strategic readjustment through diversifying our fields of activity within clearly defined international core markets pays off in respect to profitability and steady growth.

This positive trend is expected to continue in 2016 and beyond. We now have more than 2,000 employees worldwide – a figure that has almost doubled in the last 10 years.  Dorsch is rated number 72 in the internationally recognised Engineering News Record (ENR) list of top 100 consulting firms.

To maintain this course both organically and through acquisitions of complementary planning companies, we decided to search for a financially sound and experienced partner in 2015. On 17 February 2016, the RAG-Stiftung closed an agreement via its affiliate RAG-Stiftung Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH to acquire 70 per cent of Dorsch Gruppe shares previously held by Dorsch Beteiligungsgesellschaft. The remaining 30 per cent of the holdings remain with Dorsch Beteiligungsgesellschaft.

This is the second occasion (first – investment in British engineering services company Pell Frischmann), on which the RAG-Stiftung has invested via its subsidiary in its focus area of engineering consultation. Dorsch and Pell Frischmann complement each other well in terms of services and branch networks and, with an aggregate headcount of around 3,000 employees, provide an excellent foundation for joint, professional execution of major future projects around the globe.

We clearly achieve a major part of our success in the international arena.

Dorsch Gruppe and its affiliated company Dorsch Qatar LLC won, for example, the prestigious urban development project “Lusail City” in Doha/Qatar in April 2012. The concept of Lusail is more than a normal modern city. It is rather a futuristic design based on outstanding technologies and fantastic ideas. The city extension of Doha, "Lusail City", is one of the largest construction projects in the Arab world and, therefore, a superlative on the global scale as well. The project, designed for 450,000 inhabitants, will cost approximately 45 billion US dollars.

Our experience in rapidly changing, growing international markets driven by the dynamics of globalisation reaffirms our approach of combining local presence and the international experience of the whole group.

Despite their significant differences, we have learned to successfully and sustainably deal with markets such as French-speaking West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India and Southeast Asia. There is common ground: The rapidly growing demand for planning and constructional resources.

In order to meet the demands of globalisation, the infrastructure of every country must be highly developed at a regional level.

Around the globe, climate change, environmental protection and the management of increasingly scarce resources play an ever more prominent role. Their prominence is also is an indicator for the rising awareness of people – in the age of instant global access to information through the click of a mouse.

The sustainability of our projects is scrutinised just as thoroughly by clients in Germany as in emerging markets and developing countries.  Interestingly, the technologies needed for the construction of energy-self-sufficient cities has already been in use for some time. It is a question of wanting to, rather than of not being able to. As such we, the Dorsch Group, are not only enthusiastic about the globally hotly debated climate issue; we have now also received the go-ahead to contribute to a better environment. This is where our special urban development capabilities play a decisive role.

Thinking five, ten or fifteen years ahead while taking into account the rapid deepening of globalisation and the large-scale projects that result from it allows us to picture the challenges that will be faced by planners and developers socially, culturally, technologically, and economically. The development of a globally increasing construction volume, combined with a rapidly increasing number of inter-disciplinary projects coincides with a second effect: “Individual projects are getting bigger and clients are tending to tie up increasingly larger planning packages”. The role of the “meta-planner”, who acts as a coordinator for all services and over all phases while also managing all parties involved in the planning process, is already undertaken by companies like Dorsch Group.

Dorsch Gruppe is the only German company to deliver complementary interdisciplinary services in urban construction, building, infrastructure planning, and development cooperation on a major scale with its own staff. These advantages make us internationally competitive. Combined with a strong international focus, we are sustainably prepared for the upcoming structural changes of the German market and the disappearance of its fragmented consulting structure. Our strategy of being active in different international markets enables us to better absorb regional fluctuations.

The strength of Dorsch Gruppe lies in its many years of experience combined with an openness to future developments. This can be seen in the interaction of our teams in Europe, Africa, Arab countries, India and Southeast Asia. They represent a convergence of excellent talents with global reach and local knowledge.  

 

Olaf Hoffmann
CEO of Dorsch Gruppe

Olaf Hoffmann
Dorsch CEO - Olaf Hoffmann