Inside Logistics

Fortna buys Pierau Planung

Expands European presence

January 22, 2020

READING, Pa. – Automation, engineering services and software supplier Fortna has acquired Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH (Pierau Planung), a European-based, supplier of supply chain and logistics design, consulting, and project management.

Pierau Planung’s management team will join Fortna following the transaction and continue serving its European region. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

By acquiring Pierau Planung, Fortna will further build upon its European presence.

Based in Hamburg, Germany and founded in 1961, Pierau Planung provides supply chain consulting services to a range of  clients. Pierau Planung provides solutions to a variety of end-markets, including: e-commerce, retail, food & beverage, and industrial distribution.

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Arne, Björn, and the talented team at Pierau Planung, and look forward to adding their highly complementary services, expertise, and strong European presence to the Fortna global platform,” said Marc Austin, managing director, Fortna EMEA.

“Over the last 60 years, Pierau Planung has played a critical role in the development of transformative automation and logistics solutions, serving as a trusted partner to many important businesses across Germany and broader Europe. We are fully confident this industry leading service will continue under Fortna’s ownership,” said Arne Pierau, managing director at Pierau Planung.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fortna and look forward to providing our clients with a comprehensive suite of tailored solutions, while leveraging the broader service offering, proprietary software tools, and scale of the Fortna organization,” said Björn Brunkow, managing director at Pierau Planung.

“Most importantly for our clients, our commitment to service, our team, and our supplier-agnostic approach will remain consistent under Fortna’s ownership.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to Fortna.