Press Release

Sphera, a Leading Risk Management Software Company, Finalizes Acquisition of thinkstep

September 16, 2019

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany (September 16, 2019) — thinkstep, a Stuttgart, Germany-based software and consulting services company that specializes in Corporate Sustainability and Product Stewardship, has been acquired by Sphera, a Chicago-based, global provider of Integrated Risk Management software and information services with a focus on Environmental Health & Safety, Operational Risk and Product Stewardship. The deal, announced in July, was completed after German regulatory authorities approved the acquisition.

“thinkstep’s cloud-based and on-premise software, data and expertise in the Corporate Sustainability and Product Stewardship markets support our mission of creating a safer, more sustainable and productive world,” said Paul Marushka, Sphera’s president and CEO. “Sphera’s acquisition of thinkstep advances our Integrated Risk Management 4.0 strategy with our SpheraCloud platform while expanding our international customer base and expertise. We want to welcome thinkstep’s customers and colleagues to Sphera.” 

thinkstep offers three types of software solutions: GaBi for product sustainability, which is the sector’s most comprehensive lifecycle analysis tool and content offering worldwide; SoFI for corporate sustainability; and IMM/CPM, BOMcheck and EC4P, which is a suite of product compliance solutions that offer end-to-end capabilities for the supply chain, product design, manufacturing and end-of-life periods. In addition, thinkstep offers environmental sustainability consulting services to a wide spectrum of sectors, from energy, oil and gas and the automotive industry to agriculture, textiles and electronics.  

“We are very excited to be joining the Sphera family,” said Jan Poulsen, thinkstep’s CEO. “Adding our solutions, extensive databases and expertise to Sphera was a natural fit, and we can’t wait to get started collaborating together.” 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Sphera 

Sphera is the largest global provider of Integrated Risk Management software and information services with a focus on Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Operational Risk and Product Stewardship. For more than 30 years, Sphera has advanced Operational Excellence by serving more than 3,000 customers and over 1 million individual users across 70-plus countries to create a safer, more sustainable and productive world. 

About thinkstep 

thinkstep, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, enables organizations worldwide to succeed sustainably. thinkstep’s software solutions, databases and consulting services help businesses drive operational excellence, exploit product innovation potential, enhance brand values and comply with regulatory issues. With more than 20 locations worldwide, the company has served in excess of 8,000 clients.

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