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Technical due diligence requires industry experience

The assessment of technology companies requires not only an analysis of the financial aspects. A detailed and scientifically profound assessment questions a company whether it is equipped with the right innovative products and whether the present technologies and process allow a sustainable business development or the patent landscapes are reasonable.

The value assessment of products, technologies, patents and processes – These insights from a technical due diligence are essential to draw the right conclusions regarding the fit of potential buyers and sellers. Accordingly, also conclusions about the pricing can be drawn.

Methodological competence and industrial experience. HELVETING supports you in the technical due diligence.

What characteristic values are relevant to a technical due diligence?

Relevant for a successful merging are the definition of the future R&D strategy, the organisation, the processes, the deployed tools in R&D and IT, the products and appropriate comprehensive portfolio management. The future orientation and concentration should focus on the best basic approaches of the present company parts and on general best practice of the particular industry sector. Additionally, detailed and neutral analyses and a consequential realisation based on respective methodological competence and industry experience are necessary.

What is included in a technological assessment?

A technological assessment analyses basically the trends in science and technology to assess the chances and risks in conjunction with social developments. For your technology assessment, mainly the present technologies will be evaluated regarding relevance, applicability, future viability and recoverability. Furthermore, values such as the edge of technology, the future investment needs or the key personnel will be identified and estimated.

Conducting an IPR assessment, present patent portfolios will be identified with geographical coverage and patent protection elapse time in order to, based on these key figures, assess the recoverability of the patents, the degree of conversion in own products and services, and the expected future development. Potential patent infringements by existing products and services as well as general quantifications of the respective risks can be clarified in this way.

How is a technical product analysis realised by HELVETING?

A technical product analysis of HELVETING concentrates on the assessment of degree of innovation, complexity, proneness for copying and future viability of your products. The assessment of the production technology regarding cost efficiency, proneness for copying and competitiveness is another important value for a meaningful analysis. Furthermore, the assessment of the innovational strength as well as the estimation of the future technological positioning of a company are added.

How does HELVETING proceed in a process analysis?

In a process analysis, an assessment of the present processes in terms of completeness, applicability and maturity level is done at first. Based on this, the definition and the design of the future processes can be defined as well as the necessary tools in research, engineering and IT can be determined.

Additionally, HELVETING recommends an analysis of the strategic success positions in R&D and a respective deduction of the new strategy and the appropriate organisation.

What competences does HELVETING have in the complete product portfolio management?

HELVETING usually starts with the technical assessment of the present product portfolio regarding the level of innovation, cost efficiency, merging and tightening of the portfolio. The subjects of a technical due diligence will be identified and individually investigated. The level of detail is determined by the emphasis of the client and the risk potential. Hence, an overall picture of the technological status of a company or organisational unit can be drawn (f. i. SWOT analysis for single subject areas and for the whole company). On demand, we also create a gap analysis between target and performance process/technology what from investments for the filling of present gaps can be computed.

A final documentation/presentation summarises the complete insights objectively and neutrally and provides the person responsible a solid decision-making basis with specific recommendations.

How can HELVETING support you after the analysis?

The redundancies of migrating companies or organisational units must be reduced to an acceptable measure. Duplications and the synergy potential can be revealed after an extensive analysis of technologies, patents, processes, organisation and products. From that, measures for optimisation can be deduced. Also on the realisation of the improvement measures, you can trust in the technical competence and manpower of HELVETING.

Because of the HELVETING Cross Engineering, our experts are connected among themselves and utilise synergies. This way, you do not only profit from one expert, but from a whole network and you can have recourse to the expertise in a speciality on demand.

Competences, methods & tools

  • Knowhow in engineering and technology
  • Experience in process management and optimisation
  • Structured and methodological approaches