Techem – making buildings green, smart and healthy.

We implement our strategy and business model at the intersection of three key megatrends: urbanization, mobility and energy efficiency. For Techem, innovative, sustainable technologies are the focus of attention to make buildings green, smart and healthy.  

>41 million
radio receivers in use
19 countries

Techem: For the digital energy transition in real estate

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. We at Techem are aware of our responsibility and are therefore working on solutions for a successful energy transition in buildings.  

One thing is for certain: it is only with the help of digitalization that an almost climate-neutral building stock can be feasible and financed. With digitally networked solutions and devices, we can reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and network renewable energy generation across sectors. 

Digitization makes the management of real estate more economical, reliable and more comfortable. For us at Techem, climate protection, process efficiency and legal compliance go hand in hand. 

No energy transition without digitalization

The resulting data base creates clarity and awareness of energy consumption and energy flows – among owners and residents. In this way, we make optimal planning and control as well as energy-efficient generation and distribution possible. Consumers can thus save energy more easily. 

As an energy service provider and measurement service provider, we at Techem consider it our responsibility to create smart, digital and resource-saving solutions for the real estate industry of tomorrow. Our services and devices are therefore always designed with a clear goal in mind: We want to achieve lower CO₂ emissions in real estate. 

Our goal: digitalization of buildings

Techem's goal is a CO₂-optimized and efficient technical building operation, bundled in a climate-neutral, energy-self-sufficient district. We take different approaches in achieving this:

  • Optimal settings, networking and digitally supported monitoring of heat generation systems, in combination with regenerative generation by heat pumps, for example
  • Efficient generation and sectoral coupling by combined heat and power generation based on natural gas, and one day hydrogen
  • CO₂-neutral heat and electromobility through the use of renewable energy forms such as solar energy and heat pumps

Our modern digital technology sensor infrastructure serves as the basis for the necessary data overview and the additional values based on it. The benefits? It is durable, interoperable, remotely readable, data-safe and self-monitoring.

Together we take care of the digital energy transition
in buildings.

Other Techem services

Additional solutions will be added as they are developed, especially with regard to digitalization and the increased use of sensor technology. Examples of further possible fields of activity include the digital and energy-efficient operation of elevators, the verification of air quality and other services in the networked building. Buildings and quarters of the future must be a climate-friendly, networked and healthy living and working space. We will contribute to this. 

Facts & Figures about Techem

≈80 %
radio rate
52.8 Mio.
measuring devices worldwide
12.2 million
apartmens in service

Our clients are housing associations and real estate investors as well as cooperatives, classic property managers as well as owners of apartment buildings.  

Sales in financial year 2020/21 (October 01, 2020 - September 30, 2021)

Sales *: 818.6 mio. Euro

Management (Techem Group)

Matthias Hartmann has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Techem Gruppe since 16th January 2020. As Chairman of the Management Board, he is responsible for the development of the Eschborn-based company, which operates in 19 countries, together with Dr. Carsten Sürig, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Performance Officer, and Nicolai Kuß, Chief Sales Officer. Until he joined Techem, Matthias Hartmann was Chairman of the Management Board of IBM Deutschland GmbH and General Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Previously, he was, among other things, CEO of the market research company GfK SE. He was responsible for the transformation of the company into a global provider of products and solutions as well as the digital orientation of the company. Prior to this, he held various management positions at IBM in Germany and the US, where he expanded the global services business for strategy, digital transformation and business development.

Nicolai Kuß (born in 1974) has been Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and a member of the management team of Techem GmbH since the end of March 2019. In this position, he is responsible for Techem’s business operations. These include the areas of installation, reading and billing, but also supply chain, purchasing, IT and quality assurance. Since December 2016, Nicolai Kuß was already Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Techem. The Business Administration graduate began his professional career with the consulting firm Ernst & Young in 1999 and subsequently gained extensive experience in the real estate industry. He was a member of the German management of Fortress Investment Group and was responsible for the operational business of the GAGFAH Group as COO and a member of the management team for six years. Most recently, he was Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Immobilien Chancen Group.

Dr. Carsten Sürig (born in 1966) has been Chief Financial Officer and Chief Performance Officer (CFO & CPO) since the end of March 2019 and is a member of the Management Board of Techem GmbH. In this function, he is responsible for the entire finance area as well as the areas of Techem Energy Services that have a direct influence on operating performance. This includes in particular the areas of installation, meter reading and billing, purchasing, supply chain, quality & methods, infrastructure, Bautec as well as IT infrastructure and IT development. Dr. Sürig studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and earned his doctorate immediately afterwards. As a consultant at McKinsey, he has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry and was a senior partner in the Düsseldorf office of the management consultancy as well as a member of the management group of McKinsey’s European Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice.

Advisory Board

Andreas Umbach

Andreas Umbach (Independent Member), Chairman of the Advisory Board

Andreas Umbach is Chairman of Techem’s Board and within the board a subject matter expert on Smart Grid/Smart Metering.

Between 2002 and the IPO in 2017, he was President and CEO/COO of Landis+Gyr Group AG. Since 2017 he has been the non-executive Chairman of its Board. Before his activities at Landis+Gyr, he led the Metering Division within the Power Transmission and Distribution Group of Siemens.

Since the IPO of SIG Combibloc Group AG in 2018 he has been its Chairman of the Board. He has also served as  President of the Board of the privately held Rovensa SA since 2020.

Andreas Umbach holds an MBA degree from the University of Texas in Austin, USA, as well as a Master of Science degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) from the Technical University of Berlin.

Andreas Umbach was born in 1963 and has German and Swiss citizenship.

Dr. Eric Strutz (Independent Member of the Advisory Board), Chairman of the Risk & Audit Committee

Dr. Eric Strutz is Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Partners Group Holding AG and Chairman of the Risk & Audit Committee established by the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Partners Group’s portfolio companies Techem and Global Blue. Furthermore, he is a member of the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank plc. and Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG. Until March 2012, Dr. Eric Strutz was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG, prior to which he was a member of the management team of Boston Consulting. He earned a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

He was born in 1964 and is a German citizen.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner (Independent Member of the Advisory Board), Chair of the Nomination & Compensation Committee

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner has been a member of the Advisory Board since October 2020. The economist holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and, after holding the Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance there from 2001-2020, is Distinguished Affiliated Professor at the Technical University of Munich. The former management consultant is also active as a venture capitalist and has many years of experience in advisory boards and supervisory board work in German and international companies, such as the French energy company Engie SA. She is currently a member of the boards of Linde and Munich Re and on the International Advisory Board of Investcorp. She chairs the Nomination & Compensation Committee (NCC) on the Techem Board.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner was born in 1966 and is a German citizen.

Dr. Jürgen Diegruber (Member of the Advisory Board – Partners Group)

Dr. Jürgen Diegruber is a Partner of Partners Group AG, Baar, Switzerland, heads the Partners Group office in Munich, Germany, and is part of the European Private Equity Business Unit. Among his other positions, he is a member of the Board of Partners Group’s portfolio company Hofmann Menue Manufaktur. He started in consulting in 1991, was co-founder and Managing Partner of Bossard Consultants GmbH and has been active in the private equity industry for over 25 years. Until the end of Sept 2020, he chaired the Nomination & Compensation Committee (NCC) of Techem’s Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Dr. Jürgen Diegruber was born in 1961 and is a German citizen.

Michael Barben (Independent Member of the Advisory Board)

Michael Barben supports the development of portfolio companies of the Partners Group Private Infrastructure business. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board of Fermaca and VSB Holding as well as of the Advisory Board of Techem, here as an expert for energy contracting and decentralized supply solutions. Prior to that, he worked for Partners Group since 2000 in various functions, most recently as Co-Head of the Private Infrastructure Business Department and Chairman of the Private Infrastructure Investment Committee. He has 27 years of industry experience and has worked for Zurmont Management and SBC Warburg, among other firms. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. He is also a CFA charterholder, a certified Swiss equity trader and holds the title of Financial Risk Manager.

Michael Barben was born in 1967 and is a Swiss Citizen.

Lukas Bucher (Member of the Advisory Board – Partners Group)

Lukas Bucher is a member of Partners Group's European Private Equity Services Business Unit. He has been working at Partners Group since 2008 and has 19 years of industry experience. Since 2018, he has been part of the Techem Advisory Board. He represents Partners Group on the boards of Foncia, International Schools Partnership and Key Retirement Group. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, a private university in Paris, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

Lukas Bucher was born in 1976 and is a Swiss citizen.

Andreas Holzmüller (Member of the Advisory Board – Partners Group) 

Andreas Holzmüller is Managing Director of Partners Group (EU) GmbH and has been with Partners Group since 2008.  He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Techem and the toy manufacturer Schleich and was a member of the Advisory Board of the real estate service provider Foncia from 2016 to 2019. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to joining Partners Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.

Andreas Holzmüller was born in 1982 and is a German citizen.

Albrecht von Alvensleben (Member of the Advisory Board – CDPQ)

Albrecht von Alvensleben is Managing Director of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and leads its private equity activities in Europe. He has over 15 years of experience in majority and minority investments in private and listed companies and joined CDPQ in London in 2017. Prior to that, he worked for Wendel, a listed long-term investment holding company based in Paris, and for Lehman Brothers. Albrecht von Alvensleben holds an MBA from INSEAD, Paris, and an MSc in Management from ESCP-EAP European School of Management.

Albrecht von Alvensleben was born in 1978 and is German citizen.

Marvin Teubner (Member of the Advisory Board - OTPP)

Marvin Teubner has been with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in London since 2011 and has more than 15 years of experience in private equity. He has been involved in various transactions and led the acquisition of CeramTec, Synlab, and Lowell, among others, of which he is currently also a Board member. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, he worked for Rhône Capital, a medium-sized private equity fund, and Warburg Pincus. Marvin Teubner holds a BA degree in Economics and Operations Research from Columbia University.

Marvin Teuber was born in 1978 and is a German citizen.

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