Word from the Board of Directors
Due to a stable foundation and the versatility of services, Unica is less sensitive to economic developments that disrupt the market and society. As a result, Unica also managed to grow in double digits in 2022 and to continue its uninterrupted growth since 2014. The outlook for technical services continues to be favourable. As a partner in sustainable transformation, Unica can make a positive difference to climate goals and ambitions.
2022 at a glance
From the delivery of large hospital projects to the restoration of museums, the assignments that Unica provided in 2022 are characterized by a great deal of variation. Naturally, there is a great deal of attention for sustainable and energy-efficient applications, as is the focus on innovation to arrive at smart solutions.
Net turnover grew by 14% to €758 million (2021: €663 million). The operating result (EBITDA) grew strongly from 29% to €72.9 million (2021: €56.4 million). Sales growth was achieved through solid organic growth (more than 35% of growth) and the effects of acquisitions. The EBITDA margin grew to 9.6% and net profit grew by 13% in 2022 to €30.3 million.
Report of the Supervisory Board
The markets in which Unica is active have favorable prospects. Unica operates at the heart of the energy transition, has fundamental ICT knowledge to supervise the necessary digitization and can rely on skilled technicians for numerous areas of expertise, from smart buildings to fire safety and from data centers to access security. Unica's innovative strength and internal career prospects are distinctive and remain a focal point in company policy.
In its sustainable business strategy, Unica maps out the challenges of today and tomorrow and explains how, as a network of companies, it can exert influence for maximum sustainable impact. In addition to the annual accounts for 2022, the GRI overview shows social reporting for the past year.
As a trendsetter in sustainable innovations and an all-round technical service provider, Unica solves technological issues in the built environment. Unica's services include installation technology, energy, ICT, industry, internet of things (IoT) and smart buildings. Unica converts the wishes and needs of customers into customized functional solutions that contribute to sustainable, digital, healthy and comfortable living and working environments. With a decisive network of nine leading business clusters and almost 3,700 employees, Unica is one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands. For more information about our company: www.unica.nl.
Unica in figures
9,6 %EBITDA margin
7,2Grade of employership
Substantial growth in turnover and return
For the third consecutive year, Unica's turnover grew by double digits. In 2022, turnover was € 758 million, an increase of 14%. The focus on return is reflected in an EBITDA of € 72.9 million, an increase of 29%. With a return of 9.6%, Unica is in a healthy position.
Strengthening the network of companies
Security management specialist EAL and ICT secondment agency Working Spirit were added to the network of companies in 2022. Unica continues to focus on acquisitions to further broaden its specialist knowledge or to strengthen its regional presence. In the past 5 years, Unica realized 14 acquisitions.
Strong focus on Sustainability
Sustainability is a spearhead in Unica's business operations and services and is of distinctive importance across the board due to the increased attention and social focus. As a partner in sustainable transformation, Unica can make a positive difference, both within its own internal organization and for customers.
Unica is in a strong position to contribute to social challenges such as the energy transition, staff shortages, ageing, safety and health with its services. With its multidisciplinary strength, Unica can serve its customers and society even more broadly in the coming years.
Boosting digital building functions
With fundamental ICT knowledge, Unica can support the digital transformation in technical services with concrete applications. Combining knowledge from different domains produces surprising and useful disruptive applications, with the Unica Innovation Center being the driving force behind digital control of building functions.
Employee retention is central to Unica's strategy. This is reflected in ample training opportunities, career opportunities within and between companies and attention to diversity and inclusiveness. New target groups are reached with social entrepreneurship and lateral entry to increase labor capacity.
Network of companies
Unica is the leading all-round technical service provider in the Netherlands and is a trendsetter in sustainable innovations that solve all issues in the area of technology in the built environment. Examples include solutions in the fields of systems technology, energy, ICT, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart buildings that contribute to functional, healthy and safe living and working environments. Unica translates the needs and wishes of its clients into bespoke high-quality solutions. With an effective network of nine business clusters and over 3,000 employees, Unica is one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands.
The Unica Building Services cluster focuses on managing, maintaining, inspecting and approving building systems. This cluster has seventeen branches throughout the Netherlands, making it the most visible part of the Unica network of companies.
- Dokkum (Pranger-Rosier)
- Goes (Synto)
- Leeuwarden (Pranger-Rosier)
- Sneek (Otte Installaties)
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The Unica Building Projects cluster realises all technical installations and systems for new construction, renovation and transformation projects. Unica Building Projects operates from four regional offices:
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A specialist in fire safety solutions, Unica Fire Safety has operated as an independent cluster within Unica for several decades. With full-service solutions, Unica Fire Safety can provide suitable fire protection for almost any building. The Fire Safety cluster consists of the following companies:
Access & Security
The Unica Access & Security cluster focuses on complex access and security issues. With its solutions, organizations are ‘in control’ for their access and identity management in their business environments. Unica Access & Security also take care of projects and the management and maintenance of security installations at locations with the highest security level.
The Access & Security cluster consists of the following companies:
The Unica Building Intelligence cluster provides building automation, data analysis, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. This enables customers to integrate all technical installations in a building to create a smart building. The Building Intelligence cluster consists of the following companies:
The Unica Energy Solutions cluster operates at the heart of the energy transition. Its energy management and energy procurement services, and sustainable, future-oriented solutions for the built environment help customers achieve their climate objectives. The Energy Solutions cluster consists of the following companies:
The Unica ICT Solutions cluster is responsible for the delivery, implementation, management and maintenance of ICT facilities. With its own in-house servicedesk, the full-service ICT provider is available 24x7 to support customers. The ICT Solutions cluster consists of the following companies:
The Unica Industry Solutions cluster, with expertise in industrial automation, process technology, mechanical engineering and hardware engineering, provides turnkey solutions for the industrial sector.
The Industry Solutions cluster consists of the following companies:
Unica Datacenters is the number one datacenter specialist based in the Netherlands that realizes intelligent, technologically advanced datacenters in Europe. For more than 20 years Unica Datacenters has been engineering, constructing, commissioning, configuring, maintaining and optimizing datacenter. Unica Datacenters also implements white space and infrastructure and facilitate secure storage of data. The Datacenters cluster consists of the following company:
‘Our vision on education and sustainability is perfectly reflected in this building’
Hans Wichers Schreur (director) and Marc van Bekkum (project manager) of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences