Avance Metering appoints new CEO

STOCKHOLM – June, 2019 – Jesper Wikström Förne has been appointed CEO of Avance Metering.
Jesper Wikström Förne previously held the position as VP Sales of Avance Metering, a role he has had since joining Avance Metering as part of change of ownership from Powel to Volaris Group in January 2019. Mats Ekelund, former CEO, remains in close cooperation as Volaris Portfolio Manager. Jesper is based in Stockholm.

By increased focus on existing customers and markets as well as by strengthening the operations of the company, Jesper will work with securing long-term relations with customers as well as partners. This will ensure a stable and growing market share in the Nordics.

-I see great potential in Avance Metering and I look forward to continuing the journey with the team and with our customers. We have a very experienced team with deep knowledge within the Metering domain, we have well-proven products and we have a professional customer base. These are all important building blocks for continued growth of our already large market share as well as for creating continued value for our existing customers, says Jesper Wikström Förne.

Jesper has a background as CEO of vertical software companies with international reach and he brings with him valuable experience from previous roles. He has more than 20 years of experience from the global telecom industry as well as the utility industry where he has had several assignments as CEO and VP Sales. Jesper holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from KTH in Sweden.

Avance Metering has more than 20 years of experience from developing business-critical software solutions and related services for the energy market. Avance Metering delivers services to more than 80 customers mainly in the Nordics. The company is headquartered in Östersund, but has several offices in Sweden, Norway and Poland with a total of around 50 employees. For more information, please go to www.avancemetering.com

Avance Metering was acquired by Volaris Group, an operating unit of Constellation Software Inc in 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Volaris Group
Mats Ekelund, Portfolio Manager, Communications & Media
Phone: +46 702 88 20 60
E-mail: mats.ekelund@volarisgroup.com

Avance Metering
Jesper Wikström Förne, CEO
Phone: +46 707 10 78 59
E-mail: jesper.wikstromforne@avancemetering.com


Avance Metering strengthens partnership with Swemet in Sweden

Avance Metering delivers Avance Collection Manager, ACM (ELIN) to Swemet AB (publ), who thereby strengthens its offering to the market within metering operation for small and medium sized DSO’s.

The flexible ACM solution meets the Nordic market demands and is already proven and used by more than 50 DSO’s. This gives Swemet the possibility to offer also meters to existing users of ACM.

Avance Metering CEO, Mats Ekelund, “The combination of software from Avance Metering and hardware as well as specific knowledge on PLC and other communication from Swemet is in line with what our customers are asking for. We can offer DSO’s in Sweden alternative ways to procure and management of the support of their processes, everything from buying, implementing and managing the systems themselves to buying a end-to-end service from Swemet.”

Swemet CEO, Jan Axelsson, ”The partnership Avance Metering increases market reach for Swemet and enables more opportunities for us. With a larger partner who integrates the product offering from Swemet with their software platform, new business opportunities are created. To be able to offer a software platform covering the demands from small and medium sized DSO’s has become more and more important for Swemet. Smaller DSO’s often have several meter vendors and therefore several collection systems. These systems can all be integrated into ACM as a coherent solution for the customer. “

For more information
Avance Metering
Mats Ekelund, CEO
Phone: +46702882060
E-mail: mats.ekelund@volarisgroup.com

Swemet AB (publ);
Jan Axelsson, CEO
Phone: +46 70 952 12 80
E-mail: jan.axelsson@swemet.se


Volaris Group Expands Position in Communications & Media vertical with Acquisition of Powel Metering to become Avance Metering

TORONTO, ON, Jan 1, 2019 – Volaris Group (“Volaris”) today announced that it has completed its ninth acquisition in the Communications and Media vertical with the acquisition of Powel Metering AS and Powel Energy Management AB, pending name change to Avance Metering AS and Avance Metering AB (“Avance Metering”), a spin-off from Powel AS, a leading supplier of software to the energy sector in Scandinavia, based in Trondheim, Norway.

Avance Metering’s main products are Avance Metering Collection Manager (ACM/ELIN) and Avance Metering Data Management (AMDM/MDMS) which are used by Distribution System Operators and Transmission System Operators to manage utility meters, collect and validate meter data and events, and monitor Electricity Grids.

Earlier in 2018, Powel decided to exit the Metering software business in order to focus on its offerings in other segments. Of the strategic alternatives considered, an acquisition by Volaris emerged as the most attractive option. “Volaris’ strong commitment to developing and growing acquired companies as standalone businesses by investing in people and customers, gives us the peace of mind that the value Powel has built will be cultivated further for the benefit of all. We are happy for our colleagues and look forward to following their success in the future as part of Volaris”, says Trond Straume, CEO of Powel.
Avance Metering’s solutions are deployed at 50 DSO’s in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic and Hungary. Avance Metering partners include Capgemini, Tieto and Empower.

“We are excited to bring Avance Metering to Volaris to complement our existing portfolio companies and accelerate Volaris’ expansion into the Utility sector. Avance Metering will enable us to capture the trends related to Smart Metering roll-outs and upgrades, national and regional data hubs and implementation of a supplier-centric model for the Electricity market in the Nordics and rest of European Union” said David Nyland, Portfolio Leader and President, Communications & Media vertical.
Avance Metering will be headquartered in Östersund, Sweden, with offices in Linköping, Jönköping, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Sweden, Trondheim, Norway and Gdansk, Poland.

About Volaris Group
Volaris acquires, strengthens and grows vertical market technology companies. As an Operating Group of Constellation Software Inc., Volaris is all about strengthening businesses within the markets they compete and enabling them to grow – whether that growth comes through organic measures such as new initiatives and product development, day-to-day business, or through complementary acquisitions. Learn more at www.volarisgroup.com and http://www.volarisgroup.com/comms.

Contact Information:
Kim Emmerson
Volaris Group
Tel: +1 905.629.5297