Being ranked number one in the Top 225 International Design Firm Rankings for Africa, published by US magazine Engineering News-Record (ENR), demonstrates the value that a local player brings to the table, as well as being able to compete against the best. “It is important to note that an African management-owned company has received this accolade, ahead of listed and large international players on the continent,” comments Zutari CEO Dr. Gustav Rohde.
The 2020 ENR rating also vindicates Zutari’s experience and understanding of the challenges faced on the continent. “It showcases our substantial expertise base to drive execution locally. We do not have to look to the US or UK to supplement our capability, as do our competitors,” adds Dr. Rohde.
What is critical for success on the continent is forming partnerships with global companies. “Our ENR ranking shows that we are a serious player in this region, and the perfect partner for those working across this proud continent. Our ranking is a reference of our credibility, size and capability. So this is an important tribute to us for both our clients and our partners,” highlights Dr. Rohde.
Zutari, formerly known as Aurecon, has been participating in the ENR rankings for the past 15 years. The first time it was in the Top Ten was in 2011. This is the ninth year it made the Top Ten and the first time it clinched the number one spot. “Every year has seen us moving up the ranks. It is an enviable position to be in. Our ranking is testament to our continued commitment to the continent, whilst some others have reduced their activities here,” notes Dr. Rohde.
Dr. Rohde stresses that ENR is probably the most credible ranking organisation globally for the consulting engineering industry. “We typically use it when we reference and look at competitors, partners and other players in the market.”
The ranking is based on fee value, which is the value of revenue generated by the company itself. “Obviously, this is the same for Zutari as it was for Aurecon in Africa over the years. This recognition is a proud moment for all of us,” concludes Dr. Rohde.