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Global engineering consultancy MWH ( has acquired the Dutch environmental services company Syncera BV as part of its European growth strategy.

Syncera is a medium-sized Dutch company with about 250 employees, established in 1983, with offices in Delft, Arnhem and Amsterdam. Its core business is environment and water consultancy and environmental engineering.

David Nickols, MWH President of the EMEAI region, said: “MWH intends to increase its market share in continental Europe, focusing initially on North West Europe. The Netherlands is a mature, developed market consistent with MWH’s other major markets.

“The Dutch environmental sustainability market is emerging as a world leader and there is a need for significant investment in the Netherlands to accommodate the impacts of climate change. For us, the Netherlands is a key part of our growth strategy, and Syncera is a leading player in the Netherlands market.”

The name Syncera will change to MWH by the spring of 2008, coinciding with an employee festival week to mark the transition and to celebrate Syncera's 25 years of doing business.

“The Syncera company philosophy and those of MWH are similar in many ways”, said Wim Drossaert, General Director of Syncera. “Both companies are owned by their own personnel and both are working on improving the quality of the environment they live in and have the desire to provide first-rate products and services.

“Syncera enriches MWH with its local ’colour', particularly in the areas of environmental thinking and local and regional knowledge. MWH bring added value with their numerous examples of expertise in water, environment and energy projects, risk, asset and programme management and strategic consulting in areas such as change management and programme evaluation.”


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About MWH
MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with approximately 6,000 employees worldwide. The company provides water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to industrial, municipal, utility and government clients in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

MWH has worked in the UK for over 160 years and has designed, built and managed many of the largest, most innovative and technologically advanced projects around the world. Its 165 offices are spread out over 35 countries throughout the world. Around 6.000 MWH employees produce yearly revenues of 1.2 billion US dollars. The MWH head office is located in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. The MWH Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI) headquarters is located in Brussels.

MWH was created in 2001 when Montgomery Watson (which traces its roots back to 1844), a world leader in water and the environment, merged with Harza Engineering (founded in 1920), an international market leader in the fields of energy and infrastructure.

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