EQOS acquires Colas Rail Belgium

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The EQOS group, one of the main providers of technical infrastructure services in Europe, is continuing its expansion with the acquisition of Colas Rail Belgium. With this step the company strengthens its railway technology business area.

Thanks to the acquisition of Colas Rail Belgium (which in 2021 generated revenues of approximately €23 million and currently employs 150 people), EQOS’ current Belgian rail infrastructure activity now extends from the urban sector to mainline sector. In fact, the new offer of EQOS extends from detailed planning to the maintenance of catenaries and railways in the field of urban and interurban transport, including installation and construction. The company is particularly recognized for its skills in on-site rail welding.

Strengthening of core business in railway technology
Eric Mendel, CEO of EQOS, who has put the EQOS Group on a path to successful growth over the past few years through strategic acquisitions (as part of a Buy and Build strategy), says: on the latest acquisition: “With this acquisition, we are taking another important step in our more than 100-year history. Colas Rail Belgium gives us access to the long-distance transport sector in Belgium, in which the railways are transformed and developed with respect for the environment thanks to investments of several billion. The company fits perfectly into our sustainable infrastructure portfolio. At the same time, it kicks off our growth strategy in rail technology”. The EQOS group thus accesses the important target markets of the railway infrastructure of the intercity transport of the public sector in Belgium. This expansion fits perfectly into the already broadly diversified rail technology portfolio in Belgium, Germany and Austria.

Benefits for customers
In addition to the Belgian site for urban transport in Maldegem, EQOS will continue to operate the Colas Rail Belgium headquarters in Enghien, around 40 km south-west of Brussels, for long-distance transport activities. The company is now managed under the name of EQOS Energie Belgium NV. ” Colas Rail Belgium has been active in railway construction since 1949. Our leaders and I are delighted to continue the road to success under the EQOS umbrella, which allows us to continue to deliver exceptional quality to our customers. said Erwin Gelaes, Managing Director of Colas Rail Belgium, welcoming this acquisition. EQOS Energie’s Managing Director for Railway Technology, Carsten Kuhle, sees benefits for customers: ” Customers benefit from even greater flexibility thanks to our new Belgian organisation. The two sectors, urban and interurban transport, are mutually reinforcing. This is a great advantage, especially in these times of skilled labor shortages. “. Moreover, as the new Belgian number one on the market, EQOS Energie is even more attractive as an employer. The group continues to recruit competent personnel in all countries and in all areas of the railway technology sector, a sector with a future. The group continues to recruit competent personnel in all countries and in all areas of the railway technology sector, a sector with a future.

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