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02 January 2014

 

Egis strengthens its position in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicle

Further to the acquisition of Transpass, a Dutch based company in 2011, Egis, through its company Egis Easytrip Services, has just completed the acquisition of England TIR Group, based in Cesena (Italy), which strengthened its position on the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) market segment.

©England Tir

 

On 19th December, Egis acquired 100% of the England TIR Group, a company targeting international HGV customers and providing the following services:

  • Electronic toll Collection for European infrastructures,
  • Ferry and train booking services across Europe,
  • Value Added Tax (VAT), and other taxes, recovery services to transport companies.

Thanks to its 45 employees, England TIR is managing about 5.800 clients and collected over 122M€ of toll, VAT and ferry booking services in 2012. It collects tolls on behalf of major European concession companies (such as TollCollect in Germany, Asfinag in Austria, Autostrade in Italy, TIS-PL in France, etc.) from transport companies mainly based in Southern Europe.

This acquisition enables Egis to complete its range of services with a high degree of complementarity of:

  • Its geographic customer base (England TIR being strong in Southern Europe, Transpass being strong in Benelux and Central and Eastern Europe).
  • Its portfolio of services offered, since in addition to electronic tolling services for both companies, Transpass is particularly strong in VAT services, while England TIR is the European leader in ferry booking services.

Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer at Egis Easytrip Services, comments: “With this acquisition, Egis takes a new step forward in its strategic objective to become one of the Top-5 European leaders as trans-national service provider and integrator to Heavy Goods Vehicles.”

This strategic objective was initiated with the creation of Easytrip few years ago and has resulted in the creation of Easytrip Ireland, Easytrip Philippines and recently, the launch of Easytrip France. Egis Easystrip Services has now positioned itself on the growing independent tolling business in continental Europe (stimulated by the European Electronic Toll Service - EETS directive). Transpass and England TIR will join the Easytrip brand to offer to their HGV customers their wide portfolio of advices and services, their pan-European sales organisation and their skills in the B2B segment. Today Egis manages over 2.6 million subscribers across Europe.

 

19 December 2013

 

Egis is awarded a new contract in Ireland

Egis Lagan Services Ltd., a joint venture company between the French company Egis and Northern Irish infrastructure company Lagan, has signed on 18th December 2013 with the National Roads Authority the Motorway Maintenance and Renewal Contract (MMaRC) for the provision of operation, maintenance and renewals services on 330km of motorways in the south of Ireland (Area C).

 

 

The project comprises the routine operation and maintenance of the road network and includes the normal inspections, environmental maintenance, incident response, and winter maintenance core activities together with full liaison with the local authorities and the national Motorway Traffic Control Centre. In addition, repair works and discreet renewals schemes can be instructed as task orders through the contract by the National Roads Authority.

The contract consists of a five year term contract with an option to extend for a further two years.

The motorway area C comprises the M7 from Kildare to Portlaoise, the M8 from south of Portlaoise to Fermoy, and the M8 from south of Fermoy to the Dunkettle interchange in Cork, the N20, N22, N25 and N40 in the Cork City environs, a spur of the N24 in Tipperary, and the M9 motorway from Kilcullen to Waterford with a small section of the N10 to Kilkenny.

Operations will be run from four depots located along the route at Dunkettle in Cork, Cahir in Tipperaray, Portlaoise and Kilkenny. Each depot will be sufficiently equipped with enough staff, vehicles, kit, equipment and materials to operate its specific section of the network and provide interaction with adjacent sections and stakeholders.

This contract provides a secure project and fosters Egis’ leading position in the Irish road operation and maintenance market, operating now 450 km of motorways. Egis’ portfolio of projects in Ireland further comprises the maintenance of the motorway ITS equipment, the operation of the GoSafe mobile safety cameras, operation of Dublin Tunnel, EastLink tolling operations (located in the East of Dublin) and electronic toll collection and parking services through Easytrip Services Ireland.

 

16 December 2013

 

Sub-fluvial extension of Lyon metro delivered by Egis

On Wednesday 11 December, the Lyon metropolitan public transport authority SYTRAL inaugurated the extension of the city’s B line running under the River Rhone to Oullins in the south west of the conurbation. Egis has been a loyal partner to the project owner ever since the inception of Lyon’s first metro line. This new development is a confirmation of its know-how in the exemplary management of projects and in major underground engineering structures.

 

©Mario Renzi

 

An exceptional project, delivered ahead of time

Line B of the Lyon metro dissects France’s third largest city from north to south, starting in neighbouring Villeurbanne and now terminating in Oullins, thanks to this new 1.8 km stretch of line and the addition of a new station.
This huge project required a new tunnel to be bored under the river, a quite exceptional project which drew on a range of rare expertise and techniques. The use of a single-bore slurry shield tunnel boring machine (TBM) was considered the most appropriate solution to deal with Lyon’s complex soil structure and cause the least disruption, whilst incidentally being the cheapest option to implement.

The work of the TBM - among other tasks - was successfully commanded by teams from Egis, well-versed in this type of construction. The tunnel boring was completed four months ahead of schedule in the initially allotted 11 month timeframe. The TBM arrived at its destination of the Gare d’Oullins station on 2 March 2011, completing the river crossing alone 41 days ahead of schedule. The stabling area and the station bored out of the granite were also delivered early, allowing compliance with all the deadlines that had been set by Egis when it first carried out preliminary studies in 2006.

Project management assignments

As the engineering, procurement and construction manager for both design studies and the construction work, Egis planned the entire project and supervised its technical and financial execution, including the issue of 25 separate works tenders. Egis was involved upstream in the definition of the construction method used to cross the Rhone, from preliminary studies to assistance for the principal tender for civil engineering and associated equipment, in keeping with the negotiated procedure chosen by the client. SYTRAL was thus able to rely on Egis’ competencies and expertise and on its experience acquired both in France and internationally. Egis deployed around fifty of its people on this remarkable project.

Key to the accomplishment of the project was the mobilisation of a tight-knit multidisciplinary infrastructure and systems team totally focussed on this objective. Another notable achievement was in the area of safety: not a single serious accident was reported on the project which started up in summer 2009.

 

02 December 2013

 

Egis and ACTOLL create a Joint Venture TollSys, developer and publisher of software solutions for toll back-office

As part of its business development in complex toll transport infrastructure, Egis has partnered with ACTOLL to create the company TollSys, developer of tolling back office software solutions.

TollSys develops and maintains back-office software for traditional tolling and free-flow solutions.

The company benefits from the control of business processes and the contribution of projects from Egis. ACTOLL and TICKS (software publisher) provide expertise in toll software development and the platform called TICKS BPMN Studio (TBS), which will serve as the development tool for back office software.

 

Regarding TollSys, Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer of Egis Projects and President of TollSys, said: « The project of a lasting partnership with ACTOLL allows Egis to better control the value chain of toll systems by providing an adaptable, flexible and competitive solution for back office operational needs. This partnership enables us not only to secure but also to develop Egis' activities on the market for the supply, installation and maintenance of toll systems ».

« The alliance between our two companies enables us to offer our clients integrated solutions based on our respective knowledge of software development, maintenance and operation of toll solutions. This partnership allows us to reach new markets and gives us new opportunities for international growth », confirms Liborio Panzarella, President of Actoll and Chief Executive Officer of TollSys.

This partnership reinforces the capabilities of Egis and ACTOLL in toll system back office solutions.

 

29 November 2013

 

Building Indonesian’s Economy through Advanced Infrastructure Solutions

Jakarta, 25 November 2013. Today, Kadin Indonesia together with SBS Asia, MATIERE®, Egis and Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia (MTI), hold a seminar to discuss solutions on infrastructure development in Indonesia. The importance of infrastructure to Indonesia's economy brings the urgency for public and private sectors to have advanced infrastructure technologies.

 

Two of French companies introduced their innovative solutions for infrastructure development and share experiences of best practices as well as the benefits in implementing up-to-date technologies adapted to the Indonesian environment and challenges.

MATIERE® is a French engineering and construction company specialized in permanent steel bridges and pre-cast concrete products for underpasses and road/rail tunnels. MATIERE® is an internationally recognized firm with operations in Asia, Europa, Africa and the Americas. In Asia and the Pacific, MATIERE® is building 500 bridges for the Government of the Philippines and has on-going projects in Papua New-Guinea and Laos.

Egis, is an international group offering global engineering services (study, design, project management and supervision) for building and infrastructure (transportation, urban development, water, environment and energy) also investment and operation of toll road and airport projects.

The lack of (quality) infrastructure has been hampering Indonesia's economic and social development for many years. Whether it is 'hard' infrastructure (such as roads, airports and electricity supply) or 'soft' infrastructure (such as social welfare and health care) Indonesia seems to have a hard time pursuing a more efficient and competitive path of economic development. The infrastructure's expansion has not been able to keep up with robust macroeconomic expansion since recovery from the crisis in the late 1990s, hence economic growth cannot yet reach its full potential. It is estimated that when Indonesia would possess an adequate infrastructure its gross domestic product (GDP) could grow between seven and nine percent annually, instead of the current rate of 6.0 - 6.5 percent maximum.

The lack of adequate infrastructure causes Indonesia's logistics costs to rise steeply, which reduce the country's competitiveness and attractiveness of the overall investment climate. Indonesia has eased regulations to make the infrastructure sector more investor-friendly, such as an amending the law on public-private partnerships and passing a new Land Acquisition Law.

Didie W. Soewondo, Vice Chairman of Kadin Indonesia said "KADIN Indonesia is committed to support the Government of Indonesia in accelerating the infrastructure development in Indonesia. Our seminar today is part of our ongoing support to find best solution to answer the urgencies of infrastructure development in Indonesia".

Maxi Gunawan, Vice Chairman of SBS Asia said "SBS Asia committed to provide cutting edge European technologies for the development of Indonesia's economy, through knowledge and technology transfer. We introduce Matiere in Indonesia to help support the Indonesia's national infrastructure development effort though advance and adaptable technology".

Herve Blanc, Chief Financial Officer of MATIERE® said "With Indonesia's current infrastructure development plan, we believe that MATIERE® will play an important role to provide advanced and competitive technical solutions to enable the development of critical transport infrastructure in Indonesia; particularly in unlocking provinces in Indonesia and access to remote areas. We are also eager to build a long-standing and fruitful business relation with Indonesia, MATIERE® is looking for opportunities for partnership with Indonesian government and private sectors".

Jean-Emmanuel Seixas, Chief Executive Officer Egis Indonesia said "A good infrastructure project is a project which is delivered on time and within the budget. For complex projects, this is only achievable if enough time and budget are dedicated to appropriate engineering studies. In this regard, Egis provides a multidisciplinary and integrated approach based on the state of the art of international know-how, combined with local content, and tailored to the Indonesian context."

The seminar "Building Indonesian's Economy through Advanced Infrastructure Solutions" aims at:

Identifying and informing about opportunities available in infrastructure development and what is needed to make the projects running;Sharing international best practice solutions with Indonesian companies and political decision-makers;Jointly discussing scenarios and options for implementing adequate and smart technologies for overcoming the most pressing bottlenecks to help accelerate Indonesia's economy that include, opening access in provinces and remote areas.

At least 100 Indonesian and international business representatives, government officials (Ministry of Public Works) and representatives of the civil society had attended the event.

 

29 November 2013

 

French multinational Egis announces major growth plans for India

EGIS India, a subsidiary of the EGIS Group, the French infrastructure and engineering consultancy major today announced major growth and investment plans for India.
Addressing the media in New Delhi, the Group Chairman, Mr. Nicolas Jachiet said, "India has emerged as one of the key markets for the EGIS group and we plan to make significant investments to drive growth in India. We are looking at growing both organically and inorganically in the Indian market."

 

The Egis Group reported a global turnover of US$ 1.2 billion (approx. INR 7,474 Crore) in 2012, has a presence in over 100 countries where it employs 12000 people, and is doing more than 50% of its turnover done outside its French home market. The Group entered India in 1996 and has been involved in many prestigious projects in the country since then. The Company is currently executing 108 projects in India with an estimated total value of INR 878 Crore, including several projects in varied sectors. Some major projects are - Metro Rail projects in Chennai, Kochi & Kolkata; Hyderabad Outer Ring Road; projects under NVDA; 1048 km long Ganga Expressway; Mumbai Master Plan VISION 2034 and Ports in Daman & Diu.

In FY 2012-13, Egis India clocked a Turnover of INR 166 Crore and with more than 1100 employees is the largest Egis group subsidiary. The Group plans to increase this to INR 400 Crore over the next five years, and the 2013 calendar year order intake of INR 380 Crore is in line with this objective.

The Indian economy is among the fastest growing economies in the world and a significant part of this growth will be driven by the infrastructure segment which envisages investment of over US$ 1 Trillion (INR 62 Lakh Crore) in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).
Mr. Jachiet said, "The Indian market is poised for rapid growth and massive investments are being made in the infrastructure sector. This augurs well for Egis India and we are confident of achieving exponential growth in this market given our deep domain knowledge, globally acknowledged consulting expertise and customer-centric culture."

"In order to further drive growth in this market, we are also looking at acquisitions notably in the energy sector", he added.
Egis India has had a dream run right since inception achieving a year-on-year growth of over 30%. The company is active in wide ranging urban infrastructure projects including roads and highways, railways, water management, buildings and airports.

 

08 November 2013

 

Egis opens its new office in Singapore

Egis is expanding its activities in South-East Asia and is proud to announce the opening of a permanent office in Singapore. Operating in the region since the 90’s, Egis Rail Pte Ltd is now reinforcing its presence on this market. In the area, Egis’ new subsidiary will first offer engineering services dedicated to rail market but will also promote the whole range of engineering services provided by the Group.

 

Egis at SITCE / UITP 2013

In October 2013, Egis took part for the first time in the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE). The theme of this edition was “People-centered Mobility for Liveable Cities”.

Co-organized by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the UITP, this was the opportunity to meet all major actors of transportation sector and decision makers in Singapore and South East Asia.

Pierre Tissier, Egis Executive Manager for Urban Rail Transport, took the opportunity of this exhibition to present a project revealing Egis’ know-how: the System Migration Management for the Lille MRT. Challenges of this 7 years project are multiple: to double the capacity of an existing line, to renew the main operating system and to replace all platform screen doors without any service disruption.

A Singapore office to serve South East Asia

On the occasion of its office opening in Singapore, Egis organized a reception held on the 7th of October at the French embassy in Singapore, inviting more than 70 decision makers in rail and transport industry. His Excellency Mr Benjamin Dubertret, newly appointed Ambassador of France in Singapore and a former director of the Caisse des Dépôts, opened the ceremony and introduced Egis to the assembly.

Pierre Tissier recalled the main strategy of Egis in South East Asia. It will focus on four strategic markets in the region: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia where many future projects have been identified. In Singapore, for instance, the metro network will double its size from 180 km today to 360 km in 2030.

Bruno Vantu and Benoit Bergeron will be in charge of launching and developing the local office and expanding rail activities of Egis in South East Asia and Australia. The reception at the embassy has been organized with the collaboration of Ubifrance.

 

28 October 2013

 

Egis opens its new offices in Mongolia

On Tuesday 22 October 2013, Egis inaugurated its new offices in Mongolia. Having conducted activities in the country over the past fifteen years, Egis has acted on its intention to establish a long-term base by forming a new subsidiary, Egis Tiin Mongolia, and joining forces with its local partner, Ikh Tiin.

 

A fast-growing country

With a GDP multiplied by ten between 1999 and 2012 and an economic growth rate among the highest in the world, Mongolia faces a number of challenges to maintain its development. Its sheer geographical spread (three times the surface area of France), a population gradually shifting from the Steppes to urban areas and its increasing exploitation of natural resources (coal, copper, gold, iron, zinc, oil, etc) are today the reasons behind growing demand for transport, energy and sanitation infrastructure.

Egis’ expertise supporting the country’s economic development

Egis started up its activities in Mongolia around 15 years ago when its teams assisted the Ministry of Infrastructure Development to set policy, draw up transport legislation and lay out measures to reorganise the sector.

Activity has grown in intensity since 2009. Teams from Egis contributed their expertise to the city of Erdenet for the extension of its sewage plant and also worked on the strategic transport and mobility plan in Mongolia and Central Asia. In 2013 Egis won its first contract with a mining group.

Today Egis wishes to continue to contribute its expertise to support the country's economic development whilst protecting populations and the environment. The new growth in Mongolia brings with it a large number of development opportunities for Egis in the areas of transport, sanitation, mining and urban development, in particular in the capital Ulan Bator.

A sustainable foothold

In June 2013 Egis decided to set up long-term in Mongolia by setting up a subsidiary, Egis Mongolia LLC, and by forming with its local partner Ikh Tiin LLC a Mongolian joint venture, Egis Tiin Mongolia LLC. This subsidiary will enable the group to develop and nurture local skills: engineers, economists and city planners.

 

09 October 2013

 

Egis will participate to the design–construction of the L2 Marseille Bypass with Bouygues Construction and Spie Batignolles

The 30-year Public-Private Partnership contract of the L2 Marseille Bypass has just been signed between the French State and the Société de la Rocade L2 de Marseille, led by Bouygues Travaux Publics, for a total project cost of €620 million.

The Société de la Rocade L2, in which Egis is a shareholder, will create a toll-free urban expressway of 10 kilometers, connecting the A7 motorway to the North with the A50 motorway to the East. This link will divert traffic away from the center of Marseille and decongest the city.

© Pixxim / Bouygues

 

A partnership with the French State to improve mobility in Marseille

Two distinct stretches will be designed and built: a completely new section to the North of the city (4.1 km) and completion of the construction of the East section, 5.5 km long, begun some twenty years ago.

Besides Egis, the Société de la Rocade L2 de Marseille is formed by Bouygues Construction (Bouygues Travaux Publics, the lead company, Bouygues Travaux Publics Régions France, DTP Terrassement and Bouygues Energies & Services), Colas Midi-Méditerranée, Spie batignolles, Meridiam Infrastructure and CDC Infrastructure.

As 5% shareholder of the Société de la Rocade L2, Egis is involved in maintenance activities and more particularly to support maintenance management assistance and major maintenance and renovation. Egis will be also in charge of fixed operating equipment together with Bouygues Group companies as well as construction engineering of the Rocade L2.

The project will be jointly financed by the State (27.5%), the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (22.5%), the Bouches-du-Rhône Department and the Marseille Provence Metropole Urban Community. This contract will benefit from a private bond financing.

The completion of this intra-urban expressway initiated by the government is aimed at improving the quality of life of residents of Marseille thanks to a 60% covered route and neighboring surface changes.

Works will start in July 2014, allowing for an opening of the L2 East in July 2016 and of the L2 North in October 2017.

 

04 October 2013

 

Egis: a first toll interoperability contract in the US

On 24th September, Egis signed the contract with the "Alliance for Toll Interoperability" (ATI) in the US. This contract includes the supply, implementation and operation of the nationwide interoperability HUB for billing the tolls of interstate motorists, based on license plate camera reads and transponders.

 

The Alliance for Toll Interoperability has grown to include forty (40) full members consisting of toll road operators from within the United States, and three (3) affiliate members from Canada, Australia and New York USA. It was founded in 2009 to promote and implement interstate interoperability for the benefit of customers and member agencies. This mission is becoming increasingly important as electronic non-stop toll systems are being planned and implemented across the United States.

Egis and sanef are 50/50 shareholders of Secure Interagency Flow LLC (SIF), in charge of the interoperability contract. Within this joint venture, Egis will focus on operating activities and sanef its america Inc. will supply the system.

The nationwide interoperability HUB agreement includes add-on services such as financial reconciliation or dispute resolution, and paves the way for the future implementation of other services such as violation enforcement or license plate data lookup. These add-on services further enhance the ability of toll agencies to reduce operating costs, as large volumes of transactions are expected to be processed through the HUB.

Subscriptions open starting October 2013 and first matching capabilities by the end of the year. After an initial ramp-up phase of one year, the contract will last for another 5 years with possible further extensions.

This new success paves the way for Egis to enter a prosperous US tolling market.

 

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