A word from the Board of Directors
With its network of companies, all leaders in their own specialisation, Unica guides its customers through innovative and sustainable transformation processes. In 2021, Unica achieved considerable revenue growth and solid improvement in the rate of return, partly thanks to a number of acquisitions. Based on the principles of sustainable business practice and with a dedicated workforce, focused on digitalisation and integrated service provision, Unica is in a position to offer its customers and society an even broader range of services over the coming years.
2021 at a glance
Thanks to the boundless dedication and adaptability of our workforce, once again in 2021, the company succeeded in limiting the disruptive social effects of the COVID-19 virus for its customers and colleagues. As a result, in 2021, Unica enjoyed numerous highpoints that perfectly reflect the broad scope of activities of our companies. Here they are presented, at a glance.
Revenue at Unica grew by 23% in 2021 to € 663 million (2020: € 539 million) partly as a result of acquisitions over the past eighteen months. Although revenue growth is an essential catalyst, the focus remains on further improving the rate of return. Due to a combination of economies of scale, better management of operating costs and better margins, EBITDA rose in 2021 by more than 36% to € 56 million (2020: € 41 million).
Supervisory Board report
The decentralised management model at Unica results in independently operating companies. Each of the more than 35 companies that belong to the Unica network contributes to the solid results and all have considerable growth potential. The favourable developments on the market, among others driven by the energy transition, changes in the demographic situation in the country and the trend towards smarter buildings, offer more than sufficient opportunities for further growth over the coming years.
As well as being transparent on its economic performance, Unica also wishes to report on its environmental achievements and its efforts for the benefit of society. With that in mind, in addition to the financial reporting for 2021, we have included a brief social report for the year under review, based on the guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
As a trendsetter in sustainable innovations and all-round technical service provider, Unica delivers solutions to all technological questions affecting the built environment. We deliver services in installation engineering, energy, IT, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart buildings. Unica translates the needs of its clients into tailored functional solutions that help create a sustainable, digital, healthy and comfortable living and working environment. With an effective network of nine market-leading business clusters and a workforce of more than 3,500, Unica is one of the largest technical service providers in the Netherlands. For more information about our company, visit: www.unica.nl.
Unica in figures
8,5 %EBITDA margin
7,3Grade of employership
Solid growth in 2021
The solid organic growth achieved by Unica and the large-scale acquisitions completed over the past eighteen months have resulted in growth in revenue of 23% to € 663 million. EBITDA also improved considerably (36%) to € 56 million, the result of economies of scale, improved management of operating costs and better margins.
Network of companies
The strategy of Unica is based around a network of 9 business clusters, all ground-breaking in their specialist field. This network places Unica in an excellent position to act as a partner for its customers in implementing innovative and sustainable transformation processes.
Sustainable business practice
With its knowledge and services, Unica operates at the heart of the energy transition, a process that is accelerating rapidly. The solid foundation based on sustainable and social business practice also occupies a prominent role in our own company’s activities.
DNA of a family-run business
Despite continued growth, the character of a family-run business is still a distinctive selling point that makes Unica an attractive employer. Retaining a loyal and dedicated workforce enjoys priority within the company as do efforts aimed at making the company attractive for lateral entrants, social entrepreneurship and greater diversity.
Digitalisation and innovation
The services provided by Unica and the world around us are becoming increasingly digitalised. Innovation and digitalisation are therefore crucial conditions for our continuous future relevance. Unica has established a separate division to maintain a focus on these aspects.
Smart building applications aimed at making buildings more sustainable, more comfortable, safer and more cost efficient are distinctive aspects of building transformation. Unica can supply fundamental IT knowledge to assist its customers in changing their building functions.
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 company:
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: