Goudappel Group has acquired a minority interest (30%) in the Swedish company Urbanista STAD AB based in Gothenburg. Goudappel’s CEO Jos van Kleef and the managers of the young startup, Catharina Migell and Klara Jonsson, signed a partnership agreement on 17 August.
Urbanista provides mobility planning and process and project management services to the city of Gothenburg (Sweden’s counterpart of Rotterdam), surrounding towns, and project developers.
Jos van Kleef: “The area around Gothenburg will see large-scale urban and infrastructure developments over the next few years that will give a strong boost to projects in our field of work. With Urbanista STAD AB we have found a suitable partner with which to combine our expertise so as to provide our clients in Sweden with optimum services. The Swedish market provides great opportunities in terms of parking, public transport, C-ITS and cycling, and for the products developed by DAT.Mobility. I also believe that our Excellent Cities programme can lead to mutually beneficial relationships with existing and new clients. This ties in seamlessly with our policy to expand our services abroad.”
Urbanista’s Catharina Migell and Klara Jonsson are very pleased with the partnership: “As a young startup, we can now not only extend our scope but also deepen our knowledge thanks to the collaboration with Goudappel Coffeng, DAT.Mobility, and other Goudappel group companies. We are convinced that their knowhow and expertise developed over so many years, coupled with our own local expertise, will lead to a successful partnership.
The Goudappel Group consists of a number of companies that work together. The Group’s best-known labels are Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants) and DAT.Mobility (IT for mobility services). Goudappel Group also owns minority interests in MAPtm and NDC Nederland. We also have strategic partnerships with and minority interests in Belgian-based MINT NV and from now in Swedish-based Urbanista STAD AB.
Jos van Kleef, Catharina Migell and Klara Jonsson.
Cities are growing
Worldwide cities are growing rapidly. In the year 2050 more than 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Cities and metropolitan regions are the economic engine of countries. Meanwhile cities are facing massive mobility issues. Road-networks are heavily congested, public transport-systems are insufficient and cycling is unsafe. Mobility planning has become a key-factor in a succesfull further development of our cities. Cities will have to make crucial changes in their mobility planning to be able to adapt to the increasing population in a proper sustainable way.
Our vision: excellent cities using successful mobility planning
Excellent cities are economic vital, attractive, sustainable and social equitable. We believe in the power of mobility planning as a tool in the hand of governments to improve our cities in all these fields. With our program “Excellent Cities” we provide more than 50 years of experience in urban mobility planning for excellent cities in the Netherlands, one of the most populated countries in the world. We understand all aspects of urban mobility in design, effects and tooling but also in actor-involvement, descision-making and engineering. We are three companies, one family: Goudappel Coffeng (consultancy), DAT Mobility (tooling) and Move Mobility (international projects). Founded in 1963 with over 250 mobility-experts.
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integrated: we think and work with integrated networks. Three mobility networks in our cities are influencing each other and need to be designed in coherent ways: car-networks, crossings and parking, public transportnetworks and cycling and walking. Urban developments and spatial development interact with these networks.
purpose-driven: for us mobility is no goal in itself. It aims to improve the economic vitality, the spatial development, the urban quality, the social equity and the environmental impact in our cities.
evidence-based: we are binding together a quantitative approach using a variety of mobility-data and designing skills of urban mobility-systems on different levels (regional, local). The result is a compelling plan with clear evidence on the effects.
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