ENR’s 2022 rankings reflect design-specific export revenues generated from locations outside a firm’s home country for the period between 2020 and 2021 – a period of unparalleled global disruption, uncertainty and high risk across all market sectors.
A complex combination of disruptive events resulted in a paradoxical environment of acceleration, paralysis or severe impact on operations. Firms shifted or re-aligned priorities to overcome the challenges of a global products and materials squeeze, fractured supply chains, political instability and declining economies across the world.
Deerns, with over ninety years of experience in engineering and building technology, was uniquely positioned to face these challenges, using innovation as the primary means of shifting cost away from materials and waste whilst increasing the drive towards efficiency, and meeting or exceeding Net Zero targets.
Tjerk van der Meer, CEO of Deerns, observes, “Amidst many market challenges in 2021, we realised very strong growth in two of the five core market sectors in which we operate, notably a major revenue increase in data centres and micro-electronics. Our numbers reflect the high-paced growth in these critical markets, which Deerns was able to outperform.”
Van der Meer says that the company is extremely proud of its success in securing mission critical projects specifically across Europe and South America, which account for a large portion of the company’s revenue earnings. Deerns has performed particularly well in Italy, with a sharp increase in revenue year on year from 2020 to 2021, and has positioned itself for further growth. The company is equally well positioned in Brazil where it has secured a number of hyperscale data centre projects which it will deliver simultaneously across different locations.
Two key factors which set Deerns apart from its competitors are deep engineering expertise for the markets that it is servicing, and extensive knowledge of client’s unique requirements. Technical innovation is key to finding solutions to meet their Net Zero targets and foster the efficient use of natural resources. Consequently, clients are increasingly tapping into this expertise which integrates processing, environmental and sustainability consulting services.
In addition to the data centre and micro-electronic sectors, Deerns also works with major clients in high-end real estate, health care, life sciences and airport markets. Certain sectors are still in the process of recovery from the impact of COVID travel restrictions, as is the case with airports. The healthy double digit growth in revenue from the high-end real estate market is expected to remain steady through to 2022 with most revenue being generated from its operations across the European Union in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany and Spain.