DSS+ acquires ADS System Safety Consulting

06 October 2023 Consulting.us 1 min. read

DSS+, a Swiss-headquartered operational and workplace safety consulting firm, has acquired Baltimore-based ADS System Safety Consulting.

Founded in 2011, ADS provides risk-based system safety, system security, and fire and life safety consulting services to public transportation, aerospace, and defense clients. The firm’s clients include the Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and NASA.

ADS also advises on safety matters in autonomous and zero-emission vehicles, including electric battery fire safety analysis.

The firm has over 40 engineers nationwide and is one the largest US consultancies focusing on system safety and security for public transportation.DSS+ acquires ADS System Safety ConsultingDSS+’s acquisition of ADS will strengthen its operational risk management capabilities; expand its technical safety, security and fire-protection engineering knowledge; and diversify its services in the public transport, aviation, space, and autonomous and electric vehicle sectors.

DSS+ (formerly DuPont Sustainable Solutions) is the former consulting unit of chemical giant DuPont. The Geneva-based company was spun off in 2019 and is backed by private equity firm Gyrus Capital.

DSS+ specializes in operational improvement and workplace safety consulting for industrial firms.

The ADS deal will bring the firm’s global headcount to more than 1,200 full-time employees.

“By combining our holistic operations management consulting capabilities with ADS's specialized expertise, we'll help our clients accelerate improvements in safety, fire protection, and operational risk management to remain resilient in the face of changing risk," said Davide Vassallo, CEO of DSS+.

Kahlil Allen, president and CEO of ADS, added, "We're excited to take our partnership to another level, a level that will enable us to introduce ADS's expertise and capabilities to a global audience and make a lasting impact on transport, zero-emission vehicles, and beyond."