WPS Parking Solutions has been acquired by CERTINA GROUP to further drive innovation and growth in parking management
From left to right: Hendrik Pot, CFO at WPS, Giovanni Santamaria, Managing Partner at Certina, Erik Stronk, CEO at WPS
WPS Parking Solutions, specialists in innovative cloud-based parking management solutions has been acquired by Munich-based family-run industrial holding company CERTINA GROUP. With over 25 years of experience in building and reshaping companies, CERTINA will further invest in WPS, its solutions, customers and employees to drive innovation and growth within the parking industry.
The sale of WPS Parking Solutions to CERTINA will result in the separation of the current WPS organization. WPS North, including WPS Belgium, WPS Parking Systems (NL), WPS Canada, WPS UK, WPS US, and WPS Holding, will now be part of CERTINA’s portfolio of companies. WPS North will continue to operate as an individual company under CERTINA.
WPS Brazil, as an independent company within the WPS family, will not be sold. The current shareholders, local management and Egeria, will continue WPS operations in Brazil and South America in its current form.
WPS and CERTINA are committed to ensuring continuity and growth in the parking management solutions industry. The acquisition is an exciting opportunity for WPS to enter the next phase of its development with a new owner who has extensive experience in building and reshaping companies.
Erik Stronk, CEO at WPS Parking Solutions: ‘’We look forward to a bright future that we will realize together with CERTINA. With their investments made according to the principles of sustainability, continuity and corporate responsibility, we find the ideal partner in CERTINA to help us navigate changing market conditions and further invest in our products, employees, and growth. I am confident that this acquisition will accelerate innovation and success for our business and customers.”
Giovanni Santamaria, Managing Partner at CERTINA: “We are excited to welcome WPS Parking Solutions to the CERTINA family of companies. With our extensive experience in building and reshaping businesses, we look forward to investing in WPS, its solutions, customers and employees. As a family-owned industrial holding company with a focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility, we look forward to collaborating with WPS management and employees, and we have confidence that the acquisition will expedite the success of both WPS and CERTINA.
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bout WPS Group:
Since its establishment in 1985, WPS Parking Solutions has grown from a local Dutch provider of parking systems into one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based automated parking solutions. WPS’ mission is to create smart, reliable and future-proof parking solutions that are designed for today’s and tomorrow’s connected world.
CERTINA is a family-run industrial holding company, founded, built up and represented by the exceptional businessman Dr. Hans Wehrmann. They look back on more than 25 years of investment experience with over 65 successful transactions in various industries. The group currently comprises 20 companies in five industries and generates sales of more than EUR 750 million with over 3,000 employees. Since their foundation, they have invested according to the principles of sustainability, continuity and corporate responsibility. They create long-term value for generations in the interests of employees and society. Some companies have been part of their portfolio for over 20 years.