British kitchen design ace Schematic sold to US outfit


UK kitchen design software specialist Schematic, the company behind the CESABIM resource library, has been acquired by Specifi, the US-based provider of software for the foodservice sector.

Specifi said it had reached a deal to buy the Edinburgh-based outfit for an undisclosed sum, adding Schematic’s building information modeling (BIM) software, content creation and repository services to its portfolio. Schematic markets the AutoScheme suite of products, which provides 3D design and automatic quotation capabilities.

Schematic’s co-founder and technical director, Stewart Millar, will join the global Specifi management team as a result of the deal. He joins a well-recognised team that includes Luca Salomoni, the founder and developer of MasterChef, now branded as ‘Specifi’.

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“The acquisition of Schematic’s business reflects our commitment to the UK and broader European market, and is another example of our continued investment in providing the best software tools, value-added content creation services and one-stop, open, and standards-based repositories for the foodservice equipment specification process,” said Ed Marcheselli, Specifi’s CEO.

Millar said that merging with Specifi would create a “single, global platform for BIM and the broader foodservice equipment sector”. He commented: “The opportunity to join forces and leverage what we have achieved in the UK is exciting, and will be, for me, an important next chapter in my professional journey.”

As part of the acquisition, Specifi will take on the delivery and support of CESABIM, the UK Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) BIM resource library and EFCEMBIM the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers (EFCEM) library.

EFCEM represents eight European catering equipment national associations whose combined membership is over 500 companies. Both libraries will continue to be free for manufacturers to upload their resources and free for designers to download IFC, PDT and proprietary BIM resources.

Keith Warren, director of CESA, said the trade body welcomes Specifi as its new partner and expects it to support and build on its extensive work with Schematic. “Our members are committed to the success of BIM and we are active in supporting the work to develop global BIM standards. We look forward to participating in the broader global evolution that BIM will undergo and to maximising the opportunity for equipment companies.”

Specifi, which is headquartered in Chicago and also has offices in Venice, Italy, provides global content, repository and software solutions in support of the foodservice equipment specification and implementation process.

It is owned by Wolters-Althoff Investments, LLC, (WAI) the investment arm of a US-based family office led by Robert Wolters, Jr.

Tags : BIMcatering equipmentCESAdesignkitchensSchematicsoftwareSpecifi
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