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Nemetschek Group's ALLPLAN, FRILO, & SCIA brands merge in AEC sector overhaul
Thu, 22nd Feb 2024

The Nemetschek Group, a software provider for the AEC/O and media sectors, recently revealed further alignment of its portfolio. The group's brands ALLPLAN, FRILO and SCIA will amalgamate, utilising their combined expertise and decades of experience in the AEC industry to comprehensively cover the design-to-build workflow. This will be achieved under ALLPLAN's larger brand umbrella, strengthening its position as a global leader in platform-based BIM solutions across the entire construction lifecycle.

ALLPLAN, based in Germany, is expected to enhance its portfolio and solidify its standing as a leader in platform-based BIM solutions with this merger. On the other hand, SCIA and FRILO, headquartered in Belgium and Germany respectively, see from this coalition an opportunity for invigorating innovation and offering robust end-to-end design-to-build workflows. This synchronised effort also involves a unified go-to-market strategy to expedite adoption of data-driven multi-material design and prefabrication, delivering significant productivity enhancements for customers.

The tripartite merger is grounded in a customer-centric approach that promotes seamless cooperation among different disciplines on all projects. This synergy transcends the boundaries of the software being utilised, and is possible due to the numerous established methods for structured and well-organised collaboration. Products from ALLPLAN, SCIA, and FRILO are hence uniquely positioned to offer unparalleled OPEN BIM flexibility across engineering and detailing disciplines.

Chief Division Officer Planning & Design and Digital Twin at Nemetschek, Csar Flores Rodrguez, explained that the merger provided an opportunity to enhance their business with a unified go-to-market strategy and a joint product roadmap. He said, "This will allow us to better leverage the strengths of the three brands for our customers, while increasing our scalability and thus our efficiency. Moreover, the three companies share a strong specific customer focus, so they fit together very well."

Dr. Detlef Schneider, CEO of ALLPLAN, emphasised the unique possibility offered to the company through the merger. "By merging modelling and structural engineering competence, we are crafting a unique solution technology stack in the market from conceptual design through structural analysis and design to structural detailing and prefabrication. This initiative will significantly drive digitalisation within the AEC industry, empowering engineering professionals with the end-to-end workflows they need to enhance project productivity, quality, and sustainability," Schneider stated.

In addition, Markus Gallenberger, the recently-appointed CMSO at ALLPLAN up until now serving as the CEO of Nemetschek Engineering, highlighted the significance of the alignment. He commented, "Today marks a major milestone for ALLPLAN, SCIA, and FRILO. This alliance will integrate the best of each company, focusing on customer needs and optimising product performance and interoperability to enhance user productivity while strengthening the company's market position in Europe."