RATP Group engineering
Major projects for new rapid mass transit systems are being driven by growth in towns and cities and economic development. The RATP group and its team of 1,500 engineers have a world-renowned reputation and technical expertise in engineering, maintenance and operation of urban railway networks. RATP Dev aims to leverage this strength and seize opportunities to gain a broader positioning as the operator of new tram, metro or rail networks at regional level. Engineering is an excellent way of winning new contracts and Systra’s stronger position within the Group for these contracts could prove to be an attractive strength.
A new Systra
2011 saw the emergence of a new Systra, strengthened by the subsidiaries, which can sometimes be rivals, of its two industrial shareholders, Xelis (RATP) and Inexia (SNCF). It now has a Management Board headed by Pierre Verzat since July 2011, and a Supervisory Board chaired alternately by the Chairmen of RATP and SNCF. The new Systra is now ready to step up its expansion. It has 3,300 employees and customers in 150 countries. Its goal is to increase revenues by 50% in three years, to €600 million. In the international markets, Systra won engineering and project management contracts in India, South Korea and Morocco in 2011.
RATP and Alstom create Metrolab
The RATP group’s development will also be driven by partnerships with other operators in some geographical areas, such as those forged with Veolia Transport in Asia and Saptco in Saudi Arabia, or with other industrial companies that have expertise in transport, including Alstom, Bouygues, Siemens,Thalès, Vinci…
The RATP group and Alstom have joined forces to create Metrolab, a 50/50 joint venture, to develop tomorrow’s automatic metro. This R&D laboratory will devise turnkey solutions for large towns and cities, providing optimum integration between rolling stock, infrastructure and operation.
Some fifteen employees from each group, with expertise in complex systems integration, have been posted to the new subsidiary with the aim of unveiling an initial prototype in 2013.
Pierre Mongin, Chairman and CEO of RATP Group, and Philippe Mellier, Chairman of AlstomTransport, shaking hands on the agreement