In a move to reinforce its worldwide leadership in highway infrastructure operation and maintenance, Egis announces the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the Mexican company Operación y Conservación de Autopistas Concesionadas (OCACSA), specialising in the operation of road infrastructure equipped with tolling systems.
The Mexican firm OCACSA, a supplier of services to toll road users and concessionaires, is to become part of the Egis group.
Emilio Gutiérrez, the founder and CEO of OCACSA, states: “This association will allow us to provide OCACSA’s clients and partners with high added value services by drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of Egis and its intricate knowledge of the local environment.”
Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman & CEO of Egis, adds: “This majority share acquisition bolsters Egis’s development in Central and Latin America, which is an important investment zone for the Group.”
In 2015, Egis founded a subsidiary in Mexico, EgisMex, which began to develop around two main sectors: railway engineering and the concession and operation of road infrastructure.
Today, this subsidiary has a total of more than 50 employees working in the transport field. This new acquisition makes Egis the leading independent highway operator in Mexico, with almost 400 employees and 200 kilometres of roads in operation.
For more than 26 years, OCACSA has provided services to Mexican toll freeway users and concessionaires, with a strong focus on tolling, electronic tolling and roadside assistance.
OCACSA notably operates the bypass roads of medium-sized cities in Mexico on behalf of private concessionaires Matehuala, Tecpan, Celaya, Ciudad Obregón and soon Hermosillo.
The firm has been awarded two contracts for the national development bank (BANBRAS): Atlacomulco-Maravatío which has been in operation since 2012 and is a national benchmark in highway operations, and more recently the Jala-Compostela highway.