Accenture to Expand Industry X.0 Capabilities with Acquisition of Zielpuls to Create Smart Products and Services for Carmakers

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    KRONBERG & MUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Zielpuls,
    a technology consultancy headquartered in Germany. The acquisition will
    bolster the capabilities of Accenture
    Industry X.0
    in the design of smart products and services for
    automotive companies and will be expanded to support clients in the
    medical technology, industrial equipment and high-tech industries.

    Zielpuls provides architecture, development, engineering and management
    services for complex digital products and services. Work examples
    include an automated car parking system and development of the
    architecture for driver assistance systems. The firm helped medical
    technology companies automate production and align it to Good
    Manufacturing Practices
    standards. It also defined the entire IT
    architecture to operate high-speed trains for a leading transportation
    company.

    Founded in 2008, Zielpuls will bring a team of 190 highly skilled
    professionals with a background in science, technology, engineering and
    mathematics. Zielpuls is headquartered in Munich and has offices in
    Wolfsburg and Hanover, Germany, Shanghai and Beijing, China.

    Frank Riemensperger, senior country managing director for Accenture in
    Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Russia (ASGR), said, “Zielpuls excels
    at designing architectures and operating systems for smart, connected
    products and services. It will add to the deep expertise we have been
    building in this area and complement previous acquisitions, including
    award-winning strategic design consultancy designaffairs.”

    Axel Schmidt, managing director and global lead of Accenture’s
    automotive industry practice, said, “The team of engineers and
    technologists of Zielpuls will strengthen our ability to develop
    connected, intelligent architectures for automotive clients, both in
    Germany and globally. Like designaffairs, Zielpuls has established
    business in Germany and China, which is strategic for us.”

    Upon close, Zielpuls will become part of Accenture Industry X.0, which
    helps clients master the digital reinvention of industry by using
    advanced digital technologies to transform core operations, worker and
    customer experiences, and business models.

    Andrew Smith, managing director and Accenture Industry X.0 lead in ASGR,
    said, “Zielpuls has started to branch out into other areas, such as
    medical technology, where software and data-driven services will
    transform the core products. Its engineering know-how and ability to
    orchestrate operating systems for smart products will help us build an
    organization that can co-create and reimagine smart connected products
    and services with clients from ideation through production.”

    Following completion of the acquisition, the Zielpuls co-CEOs Markus
    Frey and Dr. Marc Poppner will join Accenture as managing directors.
    They will continue to lead the Zielpuls team along with their existing
    management team and support the firm’s transition to Accenture Industry
    X.0.

    Markus Frey, co-CEO of Zielpuls, said, “We are excited to become part of
    Accenture Industry X.0 which will allow us to scale our services for
    clients, get access to the best brands in the world and capitalize on
    the huge market opportunity in the area of smart connected products and
    services.”

    Zielpuls will be the latest of several acquisitions Accenture has
    recently made to expand Accenture Industry X.0. These include strategic
    design consultancy designaffairs (Germany), Pillar
    Technology
    (US) with its strong focus on embedded software
    development for the automotive industry, hardware engineering firm Mindtribe
    (US), and Enterprise
    System Partners
    (Ireland), a consulting and manufacturing services
    provider for the life sciences industry.

    Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing
    conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    About Accenture

    Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a
    broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
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    Accenture Industry X.0 helps businesses master the digital reinvention
    of industry when they use advanced digital technologies to transform
    core operations and unlock new revenue streams and business models. We
    support every aspect of our clients’ multi-phase transformation
    including workforce, customer experience, R&D, engineering,
    manufacturing, business support and ecosystems. Visit https://www.accenture.com/industry-x0.

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