Nieke Roos
22 February

Fourtress has joined ICT Group. The Rotterdam-based industrial automation expert has acquired all shares of the technical automation services provider, currently employing 40+ people at its Eindhoven office. No financial details have been disclosed about the acquisition, which is in line with ICT’s growth strategy to expand its current distinctive niche position.

“With this acquisition, we’ll increase our market share and enhance our knowledge in industrial automation and the embedded-software industry,” comments ICT CEO Jos Blejie. Pim Grol, who will continue as commercial director at Fourtress, sees a good cultural fit. “I look forward to expanding our business together.”

Fourtress Harry Schlatmann Pim Grol
Co-founders Harry Schlatmann (left) and Pim Grol (right) have stood at the helm of Fourtress since 2000.

Founded in 2000 by Grol and Harry Schlatmann (link in Dutch), Fourtress has evolved into a provider of end-to-end solutions. It has extended its services from low-level embedded software to also include middleware and cloud solutions, front-end mobile app and web development and test automation. Its employees have worked on applications like the Philips robot vacuum cleaner, the Bikescout safety system for cyclists and the Picoo game handheld for children.