Colas Rail was born from the merger between Seco Rail and Spie Rail in
January 2008. The merger brought together two of the world’s major
players in the railway sector and pooled their respective skills within
one entity. Spie Rail’s and Seco Rail’s activities were complementary.
Together they offer a world-scale, high-end railway expertise through
one and the same company: Colas Rail.
Colas Rail’s experience in the railway sector means it can offer turnkey
solutions and meet all the requirements of new high-speed lines (LGV),
network maintenance and urban transport (trams, metros).
The fact that our new entity belongs to the Colas group, the world’s
leading company in road construction and maintenance, gives it a solid
foundation based on very high level expertise and technologies.
Operating on every continent in some forty countries, via a network of
1,400 sites, Colas employs more than 62,000 people, nearly half of them
outside metropolitan France. Although 80% of its activity is devoted to
roads, the group has been able to diversify, complementing its range of
expertise in road safety, civil engineering, pipes, sealing,
construction, railways and site pollution control.
Since 1986, Colas
has joined the Bouygues group, thus propelling the industrial giant to
the top position in the world construction market. In addition to this
original area of activity – construction – Bouygues has rapidly extended
its activities to real estate, telecommunications and television. It is
now an essential and impossible-to-ignore player in the world economy.