Egis has acquired a majority shareholding in the capital of Est Signalisation, a railway signalling works company based in the Lorraine region of France whose main clients are SNCF and RATP. By completing its field of expertise, Egis now offers its customers a complete range of services in railway signalling.
Founded in 1976, Est Signalisation is a family-run railway signalling firm based in Blainville-dur-L’Eau near Nancy in the east of France. It has around 50 employees and specialises in the installation, technical verification, connection and maintenance of railway signalling plant and equipment in France.
A business line reinforcement
Through this acquisition, Egis is asserting its dual ambition: to develop strong expertise in railway signalling, a cornerstone of the railway system, and to expand its footprint in the value chain. Egis thus encompasses the full range of project services, from preliminary designs to testing, and including signalling charts, detailed designs, installation and technical verifications.
“Railway signalling is a strategically important discipline in the railway field and a market which is growing fast due to the need to modernise and improve the efficiency of railway infrastructure. Today, Egis has chosen to extend its offering to installation activities in response to the expectations of public sector contracting authorities and industrial stakeholders. This acquisition is an exciting opportunity to provide services along the entire value chain of projects. We are delighted to welcome the employees of Est Signalisation to our Group and I am sure that the synergies generated will lead to strong development in all our companies working in this market segment,” comments Olivier Bouvart, Executive Director of Egis’ Rail business unit.
“In joining the Egis group, we are very proud to become part of a leading industry player in urban and rail transport infrastructure as this offers us development perspectives in both our historical market and other railway and urban markets. Our decision to join the Egis group was driven by the desire to guarantee business activity and jobs in the long term at Est Signalisation and also to help develop our business, in particular that which we could not have developed alone,” adds Emmanuel Vogt, Chief Executive Officer of Est Signalisation.
Egis had commenced the expansion of its railway signalling activities in 2009 with the acquisition of the company Sintra which notably specialises in producing detailed designs for railway signalling. The acquisition of Est Signalisation completes the range of services it offers to its public sector clients and industrial partners.
Est Signalisation is a French company specialising in railway signalling since 1976.
With a headcount of 50 employees, Est Signalisation’s skill areas cover the installation, technical verification, connection and maintenance of railway signalling plant and equipment. Its experience and know-how enable the company to deliver projects of major importance, from design to on-site implementation.
On the photo: Pascal Forte, Chairman of Est Signalisation and Managing Director of Egis Rail, and Emmanuel Vogt, Managing Director of Est Signalisation.