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History

Etteplan has set the standard in engineering design for 30 years. The company has been a pioneer in the development of engineering design and methods as well as new business models. For example, we anticipated the needs of our customers by being the first Nordic operator in the industry to open an office in China. The first productized services in the field of engineering design improve the efficiency of our customers’ operations and the competitiveness of their products. In 30 years, we have grown from a small engineering firm in a small town in Southern Finland into a global engineering company with top-class expertise and the most competitive service solutions in the industry.


1983: Etteplan is founded


Etteplan was founded by four engineering company entrepreneurs: Ensio Juotasniemi, Tero Elomaa, Tapani Mönkkönen and Esko Poltto. The initial component of the company name – Ette – originates from the initials of their first name.


1985: First computer-assisted program


Etteplan’s first loan was needed to buy a computer. In 1985 it came to cost FIM 320 000 (approximately EUR 54 000).


1998: Outsourcing as a new business model


A new business model was introduced in 1998 when Valmet and Etteplan agreed on the transfer of 30 designers to Etteplan. Almost 500 designers in total have been transferred to Etteplan through outsourcings.


2000: Internationalization and IPO


Etteplan was listed on NM-list of Helsinki Exchanges in April 2000. Soon after the listing the company’s international operations department was established.


2001: Increasing competence by acquisitions


Competence base has been broadened in the 21st century by acquisitions especially in Finland and Sweden. The company became a significant partner e.g. to the aerospace and defense industry and medical equipment manufacturers.


2004: China operations commence


Etteplan was the first Nordic engineering design company to establish an office in China. We have already served more than 150 customers in China.


2009: Transfer to solution business


Since 2009 Etteplan has gradually moved towards high value-added services and solution business. The change of business model enables growth and profitability.


2012: Latest methods and solutions in engineering design


Etteplan is an industry forerunner in the development of advanced engineering methods and productized services. The services utilize the latest technologies and tools.


2013: New vision launched


“Our customers get the best service solutions anywhere at any time.”


2015: Expansion in plant engineering

The acquisitions of SAV and Suomen Unit strengthened Etteplan’s market share in plant engineering.



2015: Entering the German market

Etteplan entered the German market through the acquisition of arvato AG’s technical documentation business.


2016: Engineering with a difference


New brand promise and visual outlook were launched.


2016: Success in strategic growth areas


The share of Managed services exceed 50%. Continuous success for Etteplan’s outsourcing business.


2016: Acquisitions of Espotel and Soikea Solutions


The acquisition reinforce Etteplan’s expertise in embedded systems and into the Internet of Things (IoT). New service area Embedded Systems and IoT was established.


2017: Geographical expansion



New offices opened in Beijing and Xi'an in China and Poznan in Poland.



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