International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has acquired CHT International Sdn Bhd (CHT), a prominent mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering consulting firm based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This acquisition, effective from 1 June 2024, marks a significant milestone in Aurecon’s strategic expansion across Malaysia and the wider Asian region. The addition of CHT’s experienced and respected team of 85 professionals takes Aurecon’s workforce to almost 280 in Malaysia, making it one of the largest engineering consultancy firms in the country.

William Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon sad: ‘We are thrilled to welcome CHT into the Aurecon Group. The deep technical expertise and strong client relationships of the CHT team supports our strategic growth plans and enhances our ability to deliver comprehensive engineering solutions across the region. Growth in Asia is a key focus for Aurecon, and expansion in Malaysia is a key pillar of our strategy to deepen our presence and enhance our ability to support local and multi-national clients.’

Stephane Asselin, Aurecon’s Chief Executive of Asia said: ‘This acquisition marks our sixth strategic investment in Asia since 2021 across Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Global clients increasingly seek service providers with multi-country and multi-disciplinary expertise, and the inclusion of CHT strengthens cross-border collaboration and unlocks new opportunities. With our growing presence and talent pool, we are looking forward to helping drive growth and partnering with clients to bring ideas to life in Malaysia and the wider Asian region.’

Malaysia presents a compelling destination for Aurecon’s continued investment, particularly in the mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering space, driven by its robust market potential. The country’s significant data centre build program is driving demand for M&E services, driven by the increasing size and complexity of data centres and the imperative for energy efficiency. This acquisition also enhances Aurecon’s capability to meet the growth in the industrial and manufacturing sectors in Malaysia and the region. Across Asia, Aurecon has already completed more than 60 data centre projects, evidence of its leading position in this high growth segment.

Ir. Tey Chai Heng, Managing Director of CHT said: ‘Joining forces with Aurecon is a tremendous opportunity for CHT and our clients. It will facilitate knowledge transfer and innovation, combining Aurecon’s global experience with our local expertise. Together, we will drive advancements in engineering solutions and service delivery.’