RB further strengthens its expertise in product cost optimization and sustainable efficiency improvement
Our company is on a great track and while we are growing organically across all regions and platforms, we intend to exploit all growth options including acquisitions as part of our B24 Strategy. Therefore, Roland Berger has acquired the German management consultancy POLARIXPARTNER.
The consulting firm headquartered in Saarburg, Germany, currently employs more than 30 people. POLARIXPARTNER supports companies in the manufacturing industry in strategy development and in the optimization of costs and processes for sustainable efficiency improvement. The most important services include target costing & value engineering, product teardown, benchmarking and supply chain optimization. This form of technical cost optimization is already a prerequisite in the development phase for competitive and therefore successful products. POLARIXPARTNER's industrial focus is primarily on the automotive sector, but also includes medical technology and pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy and mechanical and plant engineering. In addition, POLARIXPARTNER's POLARIXACADEMY is a coaching and training program that enables companies to sustainably expand and build up the know-how for in-house systematic cost optimization.
Successful cooperation in cost reduction projects
Teams from Roland Berger and POLARIXPARTNER have already worked well together in joint projects in the past, most recently in a strategy project of an manufacturer of elevators. There, the top-down approach to costs and profitability we had developed was validated by the cost experts of POLARIXPARTNER bottom up. According to POLARIXPARTNER CEO Markus Wiederstein, this approach was very well received by the customer.
Despite great project successes - often alongside well-known strategy consultancies - POLARIXPARTNER had been considering growth options for a while. Although the company has also been active in the USA since 2020, POLARIXPARTNER wanted to further drive internationalization and carry out corresponding projects for OEMs in Asia or the USA, for example. During a two-day event, the option of merging with a strategy consultancy was openly discussed with all POLARIXPARTNER employees. "We then unanimously passed the resolution within the circle of partners to agree to a merger with Roland Berger," says Wiederstein.
Scalability and new business potential
The takeover is being met with high hopes within POLARIXPARTNER - not only in terms of new customers and projects in Germany and abroad, but also in communicating the company's own competencies and topics to the various target groups.
"With more than 30 employees, we have also reached a size that requires a higher degree of professionalization in our processes and workflows. This is where we expect great synergy effects from the cooperation to set the course for further joint growth," adds Wiederstein.
"POLARIXPARTNER and Roland Berger not only complement each other well operationally, but also share a similar philosophy - we want to deliver measurable results to clients and help them manage the major transformations of our time," says the RB Global Managing Director Marcus Berret. "We are a good fit - high industry expertise, European heritage, global mindset."
Welcome Day at the Headquarters in Munich
For a fast and smooth ramp-up, the team of POLARIXPARTNER was invited to a Welcome Day at the Munich office. After a company presentation, representatives of Roland Berger functional and industry platforms introduced their offerings in small groups, which was followed by a PEP training.
In the afternoon, the colleagues present at the Munich office joined and POLARIXPARTNER CEO Markus Wiederstein introduced their extensive product portfolio. An interactive quiz with mixed teams of POLARIXPARTNER and Roland Berger employees opened the networking part and offered the opportunity to exchange on a personal level.