Our history

Etteplan has set the standard in engineering design for 40 years. The company has been a pioneer in the development of engineering design and methods as well as new business models. For example, we anticipated the needs of our customers by being the first Nordic operator in the industry to open an office in China. The first productized services in the field of engineering design improve the efficiency of our customers’ operations and the competitiveness of their products. We have grown from a small engineering firm in a small town in Southern Finland into a global technology service company with top-class expertise and the most competitive service solutions in the industry.

  • 2024

    Renewed brand and values launched

    Renewed brand and values launched

    As we continued our growth, expanding into new areas and markets and launching an ever-wider range of solutions and services, it became evident that a renewed brand, along with a new visual identity, purpose, vision, and set of values, was needed to better reflect who we are as a company today. The three values of Etteplan came to be: Forward focus, Bold thinking, and Smarter together.

  • 2023

    Etteplan celebrates its 40th anniversary

    Etteplan celebrates its 40th anniversary

    On September 15, 2023, we celebrated our 40th anniversary.

    In a span of 40 years, we evolved from an engineering office in a small town in Southern Finland into a global technology service provider with top-notch expertise and the most competitive service solutions in the industry.

  • 2023

    Acquisitions of High Vision Engineering AB in Sweden and LAE Engineering GmbH in Germany

    Acquisitions of High Vision Engineering AB in Sweden and LAE Engineering GmbH in Germany

    In 2023, we continued our international growth journey with the strategy and ambition of expanding our full service offering to all current markets. Our acquisitions of High Vision Engineering AB in Sweden and LAE Engineering GmbH in Germany strengthen our position in the automotive and manufacturing industries, as well as in automation.

  • 2022

    4,000th employee joins Etteplan

    4,000th employee joins Etteplan

    Being a global organization and a growth company, Etteplan has now a total of over 4,000 employees in eight operating countries. Nearly half of Etteplan’s employees are located outside of Finland. Together we innovate solutions that clear the way for the future.

  • 2022

    Etteplan takes a leap towards sustainability – the LCA Consulting acquisition

    Etteplan takes a leap towards sustainability – the LCA Consulting acquisition

    Etteplan expands on sustainability expertise through the acquisition of LCA Consulting Oy in Finland. Through the acquisition, we moved towards a more sustainable future for ourselves and our partners. "Our most significant climate impacts arise through our value chains and customer relationships" Outi Torniainen, SVP for Marketing and Communications.

  • 2022

    Juha Näkki reaches a milestone as the CEO of Etteplan for ten years

    Juha Näkki reaches a milestone as the CEO of Etteplan for ten years

    “Over the years Etteplan has developed and renewed itself in a way which has allowed me to continue to find new things to experience and learn.”

  • 2022

    Etteplan makes one of its largest acquisitions to date – welcome Cognitas

    Etteplan makes one of its largest acquisitions to date – welcome Cognitas

    Etteplan acquires Cognitas GmbH from Canon and becomes a market leading company in technical documentation in Germany gaining an additional 200 professionals. The acquisition strengthened Etteplan’s position in Germany and continued strategic investments in Central Europe.

  • 2021 - 2022

    Acquisitions of Syncore Technologies AB from Sweden and Skyrise.tech S.A. from Poland

    Acquisitions of Syncore Technologies AB from Sweden and Skyrise.tech S.A. from Poland

    Etteplan expanded its software and embedded capabilities internationally through the acquisitions of Syncore Technologies AB from Sweden (2022) and Skyrise.tech S.A. from Poland (2021). The acquisitions are a continuation to investments in digitalization and software development Etteplan has made during recent years.

  • 2021

    Etteplan enters Denmark and acquires TekPartner

    Etteplan enters Denmark and acquires TekPartner

    Entering Denmark through the acquisition of TekPartner, an engineering and IT company specialized in electronics and software, opens up new growth opportunities to Etteplan.

  • 2019 & 2020

    Strengthening presence through acquisitions

    Strengthening presence through acquisitions

    During 2019 and 2020, Etteplan was successful in growing internationally: two acquisitions were made in Sweden, two in the Netherlands, and after the acquisition of EMP Engineering, Etteplan started to offer engineering solutions in Germany.

  • 2019

    Supporting Neste in their digitalization

    Supporting Neste in their digitalization

    Etteplan implemented project management, systems integration as well as a mobile payment app for Neste’s self-service store and developed back-end systems for Neste Easy Wash.

  • 2019

    Etteplan to Nasdaq Mid Cap market capitalization segment

    Etteplan to Nasdaq Mid Cap market capitalization segment

    Starting from 2019, Etteplan has been quoted on the Nasdaq Mid Cap segment where companies have a market value between 150 million euro and 1 billion euros.

  • 2018

    Etteplan acquired Etteplan software company Eatech Oy

    Etteplan acquired Etteplan software company Eatech Oy

    Through the acquisition, Etteplan significantly strengthened its capabilities to deliver comprehensive digital solutions and software.

  • 2017

    Geographical expansion

    Geographical expansion

    New offices opened in Beijing and Xi'an in China and Poznan in Poland.

  • 2016

    Acquisitions of Espotel and Soikea Solutions

    Acquisitions of Espotel and Soikea Solutions

    The acquisitions reinforce Etteplan’s expertise in embedded systems and into the Internet of Things (IoT). New service area Embedded Systems and IoT was established.

  • 2016

    Success in strategic growth areas

    Success in strategic growth areas

    The share of Managed services exceed 50%. Continuous success for Etteplan’s outsourcing business.

  • 2015

    Entering the German market

    Entering the German market

    Etteplan entered the German market through the acquisition of Arvato AG’s technical documentation business.

  • 2015

    Expansion in plant engineering

    Expansion in plant engineering

    The acquisitions of SAV and Suomen Unit strengthened Etteplan’s market share in plant engineering.

  • 2012

    Latest methods and solutions in engineering design

    Latest methods and solutions in engineering design

    Etteplan is an industry forerunner in the development of advanced engineering methods and productized services. The services utilize the latest technologies and tools.

  • 2009

    Transition to solution business

    Transition to solution business

    Since 2009, Etteplan has gradually moved towards high value-added services and solution business. The shift in the business model has enabled growth and profitability.

  • 2004

    China operations commence

    China operations commence

    Etteplan was the first Nordic engineering design company to establish an office in China. We have already served more than 120 customers in China.

  • 2001

    Increasing competence through acquisitions

    Increasing competence through acquisitions

    Our competence base has been broadened in the 21st century through acquisitions especially in Finland and Sweden. The company became a significant partner, e.g. to the aerospace and defense industry and medical equipment manufacturers.

  • 2000

    In­ter­na­tio­na­liza­tion and IPO

    Internationalization and IPO

    Etteplan was listed on NM-list of Helsinki Exchanges in April 2000. Soon after the listing, the company’s international operations department was established.

  • 1998

    Outsourcing as a new business model

    Outsourcing as a new business model

    A new business model was introduced in 1998 when Valmet and Etteplan agreed on the transfer of 30 designers to Etteplan. Almost 500 designers in total have been transferred to Etteplan through outsourcings.

  • 1985

    First computer-assisted program

    First computer-assisted program

    Etteplan’s first loan was needed to buy a computer. In 1985, it came to cost FIM 320 000 (approximately EUR 54 000).

  • 1983

    Etteplan is founded

    Etteplan is founded

    Etteplan was founded by four engineering company entrepreneurs: Ensio Juotasniemi, Tero Elomaa, Tapani Mönkkönen and Esko Poltto. The initial component of the company name – Ette – originates from the initials of each of the founding members' first names.