The world that one lives in today is more modern than what had been seen some 100 years ago. This is due to the rapid growth in technology and infrastructure. All the famous buildings that can be seen today – metro tunnels, bridges that connect two mountains or islands – were all built by construction companies using their modern technologies. Infrastructure companies have shaped up our modern world to this present state. Humans will soon see buildings that will touch the skies from these companies. Here are the top 10 best infrastructure companies in the world in 2018.
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10. Royal BAM Group
Royal BAM Group is a major construction firm in the European region with its headquarters in Bunnik, Netherlands. It was started by Adam Van der Wal in 1869. The term BAM stands for Bataafsche Aanneming Maatschappij which was its name in 1927. It undertakes all kinds of construction projects. It currently employs close to 30,000 workers.
9. Bouygues Construction
Bouygues S.A. is a major industrial conglomerate with its headquarters in Paris, France. It was started by Francis Bouygues in 1989. The total workforce of the entire organisation is around 120,000 people. It does its infrastructure business through Bouygues construction and Coles group which are its subsidies. Some 50,100 employees work in Bouygues construction business. The First tower, the French Ministry of Defence in Paris are some of its constructions. Its other major successful projects include Grande Arche, Stade de France, Singapore sports hub etc.
Skanska A.B. is a multinational development company based in Europe. It has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. It was started by Rudolf Fredrik in 1887. It currently occupies the 3rd place among the best infrastructure companies in the world. It has worked hard and tried to project itself as a ‘green builder’, trying to minimise the harm its construction causes towards the environment. It currently has an employee count of 43,000. Some of its major projects include Oresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden, the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, renovation of the headquarters of the United Nations.
Bechtel Corporation is the largest construction company in the United States with its headquarters in San Francisco, California. It was started by Warren A. Bechtel in 1898. In terms of the number of projects done, it has built more than 18,000 miles of roadways, 390 power plants, 50 hydraulic plants and more than 20 flagship cities. It has also completed 300+ subway & rail projects, 80 port projects, and 96 major airport projects. Presently about 53,000 people work here. It had built the world famous Hoover Dam, Channel Tunnel etc.
Vinci S.A. is a French conglomerate company with its headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France. It was started in 1899 by Alexandre Giros and Louis Loucheur. It was called as Societe Generate d’Enterprises initially. Currently close to 190,000 people work in this conglomerate. It is the best infrastructure company in the world. Some of its successful projects include the Stade de France, the Channel tunnel, an entrance to the Louvre museum etc.
5. Laing O’Rourke
Laing O’Rourke is the largest construction company with its headquarters in Dartford, England, United Kingdom. Ray O’Rourke started it in 1978. It was called as Ray O’Rourke & Sons at that time. It acquired Laing construction in 2001 after which it was renamed as Laing O’Rourke. It has subdivided its global operations into 2 major regions as Europe and Australia. Some 16,000 people are part of this company. Some of the major projects it completed include London Heathrow Airport terminals 2 and 5, Darwin Convention center, Australia and the London Getaway port.
4. Kiewit Corporation
Kiewit Corporation is a private construction company situated in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. It was started in 1984 by Peter Kiewit. It is an employee-owned company with subdivisions in each country that it operates. The employees are the shareholders of this company. Hence at every country, there is a different head of operations who takes care of construction business in that region. Thus there is no central governance for smaller projects carried out. It has built the world’s largest geodesic dome at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.
3. L&T Constructions
Larsen and Toubro Limited is an Indian conglomerate with its headquarters in Mumbai, India. It is 3rd in the list of the best infrastructure companies around the world with an employee count of 110,000. It has its presence in 30+ countries across 5 major continents. Its major operation is in India and is the number one construction company in India.
2. China Railway Group
China Railway Group Limited is a Chinese construction company with its headquarters in Beijing, China. It is the largest construction company in the world in terms of revenue growth. It is a major player in the Chinese construction market and does large infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia and Africa. It was started in 1950 as the China Railway Engineering Corporation. In 2007, China Railway Group was formed as a subsidiary to CREC and all of its operations were shifted to this company. Till now more than 90% of the electrified railway lines in the People’s Republic of China was constructed by this company.
1. China State Construction Engineering
China State Construction Engineering Corporation, abbreviated as CSCEC is the best Infrastructure company in the world. It is owned by the Chinese government with its headquarters in Beijing. It was the first Chinese company to start construction business outside China. It got support and financial assistance from the Chinese government and the Export-Import Bank of China. It built a $3.4 billion casino called as Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas. Some of the major projects it executed include the Great Mosque of Algiers, Federation tower in Moscow, cricket stadium in Barbados.
The above companies have undertaken and successfully completed a lot of infrastructure projects that helped a lot of people. They have world-class engineers and use advanced technology to build world-class buildings and bridges. These companies have also altered their building methods to minimise the damage caused by the environment due to their infrastructure projects.