Press release: Unica acquires Bavak Security Group

Press release: Unica acquires Bavak Security Group

May 22, 2024

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Unica acquires Bavak Security Group

Unica, one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands, is acquiring Bavak Security Group from investment firm OxGreenfield. Bavak is a specialist in perimeter security, building security and specific defense security. As a system integrator of security solutions, it focuses on the top segment of business and government. Bavak has clients that operate in vital infrastructure such as data centers, air and sea ports, ministries and utilities. The company operates mainly in the Netherlands and approximately 25% internationally. Through the acquisition, Unica Access & Security broadens its portfolio and strengthens its market position. Bavak Security Group, based in Noordwijk (NL), has more than 80 employees and achieved revenues of € 20 million last year.

Addition to Unica activities

Bavak Security Group becomes part of the Unica Access & Security cluster, in which all services related to access and security are bundled. The acquisition is a further step for the cluster to offer clients the most complete portfolio possible. In this way, Unica responds to the increasing need among clients to implement safety issues as integrally as possible.

The Access & Security cluster also includes the companies EAL (security management and access control), Nsecure (market leader in the field of access and identity management in high-end security environments) and Unica Smart Security (management and maintenance of integral access and security solutions). Unica Special Security Projects, which focuses on security installations at locations with the highest security level, is also included.

John Quist, CEO of Unica, explains: “As a director of technological solutions in the built environment Unica clearly sees the importance of safety increasing. With the acquisition of Bavak, we are taking a further step in offering the complete access & security chain. Bavak clients can benefit from the strong position and expertise that we have in many areas. The culture of Bavak, which is also originally a family business, fits perfectly with Unica. This also applies to the strategic fit as a specialist in the international high-end security market.”

Strengthening competitive position of Bavak

As part of the Unica organization, Bavak strives to offer a broader service to its customers. Sharing specialist knowledge will result in joint growth opportunities. The integration of cloud services and knowledge of remote services from Unica Access & Security offers new possibilities.

Jasper Weijman, CEO of Bavak Security Group, adds: “Bavak's specialist knowledge in the international high-end security market fits perfectly with the broad technological capabilities of Unica, which already has a clear profile in the security segment. In this strong combination, we can jointly serve customers with an even broader range of services based on a similar DNA. Sharing specialist knowledge is an excellent basis for this next step towards further growth.”

Management of Bavak Security Group will remain associated with the company, which continues to operate under its current name and location in Noordwijk.

Acquisition strategy

Unica expects to make several acquisitions per year in the coming years. Targeted acquisitions are part of the growth strategy for each of the nine business clusters that make up the Unica network. In addition to strengthening the specialized knowledge domains, the acquisition agenda also focuses on expanding the current national branch network to strengthen the regional presence.

About Unica

As a forerunner in the application of sustainable innovations and an all-round technical service provider, Unica solves technological issues in the built environment. Unica's services are in the areas of installation technology, energy, ICT, industry, internet of things (IoT) and smart buildings. Unica translates the wishes and needs of customers into functional tailor-made solutions that contribute to sustainable, digital, healthy and comfortable living and working environments. With an effective network of nine leading business clusters and more than 4,000 employees, Unica is one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands. Unica's business clusters are: Building Projects, Building Services, Fire Safety, Access & Security, Building Intelligence, Energy Solutions, ICT Solutions, Industry Solutions and Datacenters.

Previous acquisitions include: Eljes (2024, Unica Datacenters), Dräger Fire & Gas (2024, Unica Fire Safety), Breedveld & Schröder/Hermans Elektra (2023, Building Services), Tenergy (2023, Energy Solutions), Working Spirit (2022, ICT Solutions), EAL (2022, Access & Security), In2Scope (2021, ICT Solutions), Gerco en Applicom (2021, Fire Safety), Pranger-Rosier (2021, Building Services), Van Kempen Koudetechniek (2020, Industry Solutions) , PCT Koudetechniek (2020, Industry Solutions) and Numan & Kant (2020, Building Intelligence).

Unica was founded in 1933 as Geldersch-Overijsselsch Installation Company (G.O.I.B.) and came into the hands of the Van Vliet family in 1953, who are still closely involved as major shareholders. The name Unica has been used since 1956. For more information:

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