Outsourcing Sector

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Frank Ferchau took over the family business from his father in 2001. Photo: Ferchau Engineering
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Given the increased complexity of projects, companies seeking to remain flexible and save money need the services of outsourcing firms such as Ferchau Engineering, the company’s leader says.

  • Facts


    • Ferchau has more than 6,600 employees who work on projects for 2,000 different client companies.
    • The family-run firm based in Gummersbach has more than 90 branches and annual sales of €530 million.
    • Frank Ferchau, 51, runs the company founded by his father 50 years ago.
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Heinz Ferchau founded an engineering office for factory design 50 years ago in Gummersbach in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He couldn’t make a living just from his old employer’s contracts and the businesses in that part of western Germany. So his Ferchau Construction firm in the Bergisches Land region started taking on projects from all around the country.

Mr. Ferchau was soon setting up branches close to his customers. His employees took a burden off the client companies, particularly when the firms had a surge in orders. In 2003, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder relaxed laws on temporary employment. Mr. Ferchau’s 51-year-old son says that change had a profound effect on the company.

“That resulted in a dramatic boost for our services,” said Frank Ferchau.

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