Company profile

The company

Ever since the company was founded in 1927, Amstein + Walthert has stood for high-quality services in the field of building services engineering. The "Formula A+W" means: hundreds of experts are available as partners. Together with their clients, they are committed to lean technical solutions, the efficient use of energy and optimisation over the entire life cycle. Special attention is paid to the aesthetics and elegance of the solutions.

As a company, Amstein + Walthert is involved in society in many ways. We bear responsibility for our employees, for our customers and for an intact environment. We assume this responsibility by getting involved in numerous areas. We have compiled our commitments in a sustainability report in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The report serves to provide an overview of our activities in the various areas of sustainability. On this basis, we derive and implement optimisation measures.

Since 2014, Amstein + Walthert has prepared an annual sustainability report. The sustainability reporting includes all companies of the Amstein + Walthert Holding AG. The Amstein + Walthert Group is anchored throughout Switzerland and is also represented in France with its subsidiary in Lyon.

History

2020

ALWEOL SA in Geneva is founded under the umbrella of the A+W Group. Its focus is on the digital transformation of the construction industry.

2018

The companies Arregger Partner AG, Lucerne and Künzle Partner AG, Horw merge under the umbrella of Amstein + Walthert. Amstein + Walthert Lucerne AG is created.

2017

Integration of Enastra AG (former Alpiq EcoServices Ltd.) into the Amstein + Walthert Group.

2015

The Schnyder Engineering Firm is integrated into A+W Holding.

2014

Amstein + Walthert Holding AG establishes a subsidiary in France: Amstein + Walthert SAS with headquarters in Lyon. A+W's lighting design division merges with Reflexion AG under the name of Reflexion AG.

2009

The 34 Amstein + Walthert partners found Amstein + Walthert Holding AG and transfer their shares to the new company. The holding company is now the owner of all of Amstein+Walthert's stakeholdings.

Amstein + Walthert merges the divisions that were responsible for the market segments infrastructure engineering, tunnel installations, intelligent transport systems, railway engineering and risk management under the new company Amstein + Walthert Progress AG.

2008

Amstein+Walthert AG acquires the Basel-based HVAC and plumbing engineering company Landert+Partner GmbH on 1 July 2008.

2007

Integration of Schär AG - Haustechnische Energieprojekte into Amstein + Walthert St. Gallen AG. The Frauenfeld office is made into a subsidiary of Amstein + Walthert AG in Zurich.

2006

Christian Appert is appointed as the new managing director of the Zurich-based company.

1997

The group of shareholders is expanded and the division director and managing director of the A+W Group become partners of Amstein + Walthert AG. A subsidiary is founded in Chur.

1990

The enterprise's management is restructured as R. Amstein retires. Dr. R. Walthert takes over as CEO. The range of services is significantly expanded to include tunnel engineering, building systems engineering, HVAC and plumbing engineering, and the electrical engineering division is reinforced.

1985

The engineering firm is reorganised under the name Amstein + Walthert AG. Subsidiaries are founded in Geneva, Bern and Aarau, and the firm's offices in Lausanne and St. Gallen are expanded.

1975

Reorganisation in the form of a public limited company

1947

E. Brauchli becomes a shareholder in the company and the firm is renamed H.W. Schuler & E. Brauchli.

1927

H.W. Schuler and S.L. Schild found an engineering firm for electrical systems in Zurich.

Facts & figures

Legal form

Public limited company, Holding

Share capital

CHF 1.5 million, 100% owned by employees of the company

Employees

155 electrical engineers
155 HLKS engineers
110 architects and scientists (energy, ecology, building physics, lighting, facility management)
535 Planners, technicians, construction experts and assistants
45 ICT, HR, finance, marketing, legal, corporate governance
100 learners
1100 employees total

Membership in the following associations, among others

SIA, USIC, SWKI, SLG, suissetec, IFMA Switzerland, IHS, Electrosuisse, EIT.swiss, swisscleantech, Swissolar, VSS, FEZ, GNI, KNX Swiss, MeGA, NNBS, Piarc, SGA, swissgee, swissesco, BAUEN DIGITAL SWITZERLAND

Certification

ISO 9001

Insurance

Personal injury and damage to property CHF 50 million (double guarantee)
Building and property damage CHF 10 million (double guarantee)
Extended cover for financial losses: CHF 2.0 million (double guarantee)

Employees

Our employees are the foundation stone for the success of our company. Their well-being is close to our heart. That is why we try to promote their individual skills in a targeted manner and are committed in providing a safe and pleasant working environment.

Since 2018, BILANZ, Le Temps and Statista have been determining the best employers in Switzerland by means of an employee survey via an online panel. Amstein + Walthert was named one of these best employers in the sector "consulting, auditing and other services" several times.

Our company has been growing continuously since it was founded in 1927. Since 2005, the number of employees has more than tripled. Compared to the previous year, the number of employees increased by 1.7 %. As of 31.12.2020, the companies of the Amstein + Walthert Group employed 1,128 people (approx. 1,020 full-time equivalents). The proportion of women was 20 % and is practically unchanged compared to 2005.

So far, the Corona crisis has hardly affected the number of employees. Amstein + Walthert has also taken advantage of short time work to avoid layoffs.

Fluctuation

In 2020, we were able to welcome 214 new colleagues. A quarter of them were women. Staff turnover was 10.96 % (calculated according to the BDA formula). This value is slightly below the four-year average.

Our employees are almost exclusively employed on permanent contracts. Only our trainees (25 people) and apprentices (81 people) are employed on fixed-term contracts. They complete part of their training with us.

Employment rate

A good 76 % of our employees worked full-time in 2020. Almost 18 % of our male employees were employed on a part-time basis. The proportion of female part-time employees was just under 47 % in 2020. The proportion of part-time employees has thus increased by around 3 % since 2017.

Market environment

Markets

The strong market fragmentation, fierce competition and the stagnating construction growth continue to lead to shrinking margins. A good reputation, quality awareness and networking with clients are important prerequisites, for successful business in the market.
On 21 May 2017 the Swiss voters adopted the revised Energy Act. The Energy Act is designed to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and promote renewable energies. The engineering market benefits from the fact that more jobs are created and investments are made as a result.

In this environment, innovative solutions, integrated planning methods such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and tailor-made services for promising fields of application such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, renovation planning or flexible utilisation concepts are in demand. Thanks to its comprehensive service expertise, A+W is well established in the market and serves a broad customer segment. We are constantly pushing ahead with our research and development activities. Since 2017, we have had permanent commissions for the three strategic focus areas of energy, innovation and digitalisation.

With our internal innovation management, we have established platforms and processes to promote innovative work. In five phases, employees are supported in developing and implementing their ideas. In 2020, 226 ideas were generated. 18 projects were pursued within the framework of innovation management. They cover a wide range of topics from the further development of internal processes (e.g. knowledge management) to the development of new business areas (e.g. climate-adapted outdoor spaces). They concern the utilisation of available energy data as well as the further development of tools for the optimisation of hot water systems.

Competency

A significant proportion of our services are in the areas of building services engineering HVAC, electrical engineering and building automation. But we also know how to convince in the fields of energy, building ecology, sustainability, building physics, acoustics, facility management, security and automation. We also make an important contribution to research and development. This broad range of competencies allows us to develop integrated solutions and to respond to the diverse needs of our customers.

Economic performance

Managing a company in a sustainable way also means ensuring the long-term existence of the business. Healthy growth enables continuous development and creates secure and attractive jobs. With our strategy focused on "sustainability and technology" in construction, we have a long-term perspective that enables us to compete successfully. At the same time, we are also able to react flexible to the market environment. An important success factor is that our company is organised as a public limited company. The share capital is 100 % owned by employees. They are thus involved in the further development of the company and contribute to its long-term existence in the market.

Profitability

An exceptional year in all aspects of the economy and society was concluded satisfactorily, at least from a financial point of view. Of course, the A+W Group was also negatively affected by the global pandemic, but the impact on earnings was less drastic than should have been predicted at the beginning of the Corona crisis or actually occurred in other industries. The Group can look back on a moderate financial year and, thanks to organic growth, increased its fee income by 4.9 % and net income by 3.6 %.

The assessments of the economic environment are optimistic. However, the uncertainties of the current forecasts are greater than usual in view of the Corona pandemic. Deadline pressure and rapid construction times remain characteristics of today's building industry. Prices are settling at a low level. Amstein + Walthert is well positioned in the market thanks to its comprehensive and diversified service expertise and serves a broad customer segment.

The Amstein + Walthert Group is not subject to any disclosure requirements. For competitive reasons, it was therefore decided not to publish absolute figures on economic performance.

Cost structure

As a service company, personnel expenses are of particular importance. They are responsible for around 80 % of our costs. A further large proportion is caused by external services such as commissioned work from sub-planners. The remaining costs are distributed among IT, additional project costs, room costs, other operating costs and taxes.

Supply chain

We provide our services in close cooperation with our customers. We advise and support them throughout the entire process and develop analyses, concepts and solutions taking into account the entire life cycle.

Subplanners and partners

In selected projects we work together with subplanners and partners. We maintain long-term relationships with these partners and attach great importance to a constructive exchange. In this way we can ensure that their work meets our high standards.

Suppliers

As a service provider, we hardly purchase any goods compared to industrial and manufacturing companies. The corresponding costs are therefore only responsible for a small part of our expenses (further information under Economic Performance). A large part of our procurement is for IT hardware and software, office materials and building equipment.

Customers

We offer our services throughout Switzerland and France. Our clients include private companies, the public sector, hospitals and residential homes, educational and research institutions, transport companies and private individuals.

Customer satisfaction

We want to offer our customers tailor-made services so that they can cover their needs for consulting and engineering services with only one partner. In order to check whether we meet the high demands of our customers, we regularly conduct customer satisfaction surveys at several locations. In 2020, a total of 20 projects were evaluated in this way. The clients evaluate criteria such as the achievement of objectives in terms of tasks, deadlines and costs or the competences and cooperation in the project team.

The term "customer" is not limited to the person of the client but is defined more broadly. By customer we mean:

  • Client or contractual partner, usually the building owner
  • Person who led the building process, e.g. the architect
  • Person who makes fundamental decisions, e.g. the head of the company

The customer satisfaction surveys are an important tool for us to obtain feedback on our services, identify areas for improvement and initiate optimisation measures. We will therefore continue to conduct these surveys regularly and develop the process further. However, they do not replace the continuous dialogue we maintain with our customers in order to be able to respond to feedback on an ongoing basis.

Our responsibility

Laws and standards

Legislation regulates essential aspects of our society and defines them in a binding manner. It is therefore naturally for us that we comply with all applicable laws and regulations. We also take into account all relevant standards and norms in our field of activity (e.g. SIA, DIN, SN EN). If standards are adapted or newly created, we train our employees* and thus ensure that they are taken into account in the work process. Amstein + Walthert is also involved in the development of new or the updating of existing standards. We actively contribute our know-how, be it in writing the standard or participating in a consultation process. This commitment ensures that the standards are based on the latest state of the art, but at the same time can be realistically implemented.

The companies of the Amstein + Walthert Group did not have to pay any fines or other non-monetary penalties for non-compliance with laws and regulations in 2019. Nor have any complaints been received regarding anti-competitive behaviour or the formation of cartels and monopolies.

The protection of our customers' data and privacy is a central concern of ours. All customer documents are treated with the necessary care and confidentiality, regardless of whether they are in electronic or printed form. This is one of the reasons why no complaints regarding the protection of our customers' privacy or the violation of data protection were received in 2019.

Quality management

The quality policy is an integral part of our corporate objectives. The management runs and maintains a quality management system (QM system) in accordance with the ISO 9001:2015 standard. The system is adapted to the character of the service company Amstein + Walthert and is based on defined processes. In 2019, the QL Conference was newly established as a platform to strengthen the exchange among the certified sites of the Amstein + Walthert Group and to improve the coordination of activities.

Amstein + Walthert AG has achieved ISO 50001 certification for the energy management of the Andreasstrasse 5 site in Zurich. The general objective of the ISO 50001 standard is the continuous improvement of the energy performance of the company.