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FCC launches offensive in Central and Eastern Europe through Alpine


FCC launches offensive in Central and Eastern Europe through Alpine

  • FCC's Austria-based subsidiary has landed contracts worth close to 1 billion euro so far this year
  • Alpine built three stadiums for the UEFA Euro 2012 for over 600 million euro
  • Singapore (where Alpine is already operating) and Hong Kong are target markets in East Asia
FCC launches offensive in Central and Eastern Europe through Alpine

Alpine, FCC's subsidiary in Central and Eastern Europe, will concentrate a commercial offensive in its domestic markets (principally, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic) in order to gain market share, said the company's new CEO, Johannes Dotter.

Outside those "natural" markets, the new CEO highlighted two specific markets in East Asia: Singapore, where Alpine has notable references such as several subway lines, and Hong Kong, where it has opened an office to explore business opportunities in the Chinese market.

Alpine's newly-appointed CEO highlighted Alpine's main strengths, such as the construction of sustainable infrastructure and sport and event facilities, such as the Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

As well as concentrating on its domestic markets and on infrastructure development, Dotter's goals for the next few years include expanding Alpine's energy division, attaining a leaner, more efficient business structure, and improving margins.

At a press conference in Gdansk, Dotter announced that the company has landed contracts worth close to 1 billion euro so far this year. They include the construction of a toll road in Oslo (Norway), worth 170 million euro, and 30 kilometres of railway line in Timişoara (Romania), in a joint venture with Avzi and Straco, which is worth 175 million euro.

Among the main projects currently under way at Alpine, Dotter cited the Gotthard base tunnel (Switzerland), which will be the world's longest tunnel (57 km), the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations, as part of the London Crossrail project, and the Singapore metro.

A leader in football stadium construction
Although the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament, hosted by Poland and Ukraine, is not over, it already has a champion: Alpine. Alpine built three of the stadiums where the European football championship is being played.

They are the Warsaw National Stadium, which hosted the inaugural match between Poland and Greece (1-1), the PGA Arena in Gdansk, where the Spanish team is based in the first phase of the tournament, and the Municipal Stadium in Poznań, which will host the match between Italy and Croatia (Spain's rivals in the first phase). Additionally, Alpine refurbished the Henryk Reyman Stadium in Kraków, classified as a "reserve stadium" by the UEFA.

These stadium construction and refurbishment projects represented over 600 million euro over three years, and involved more than 3,000 people.

Participation by FCC, the Citizen Services Group, and Alpine in UEFA Euro 2012 strengthens the group's leading position in the construction and refurbishment of football stadiums and sports facilities. The Group's notable references in this field include the Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich's home pitch), which hosted the inaugural game of the 2006 World Cup and, more recently, the final of the Champion's League between the home team and Chelsea (which won on penalties).

It also built the Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt stadiums in Austria for the European Football Championship, hosted by Austria in 2008, when Spain won this tournament for the first time.

Emblematic Spanish stadiums built by FCC include Cornellà-El Prat, home to R.C.D. Español, which was named sports installation of the year in 2010; Real Madrid's training complex in Valdebebas; Son Moix, for Real Mallorca; and the Ramón de Carranza stadium, in Cadiz. It has also refurbished the Santiago Bernabéu (Real Madrid), Nou Camp (F.C. Barcelona) and Vicente Calderón (Atlético de Madrid) stadiums.