ECISA’s corporate history and, in particular, its leadership within the Spanish construction market of high buildings was a trigger so that companies from countries in the Arabian Gulf got interested in collaborating with ECISA for developing their new projects.
The high skyscrapers are the exponent and true reflection of the fast development that took place in the Arabian Gulf. ECISA, which constructed more than 30 buildings of this kind, is a leader company in this sector in Spain and it has the best professionals and teams for this kind of works. In 2008, the first works in the Qatar Emirate started, in particular, three projects: the new Military Academy for the Qatar’s Army, a sports and military training centre and a luxurious residential building in the capital, Doha. The developer of the first two projects is Private Engineering Office, an Emir’s dependant body which carries out the most singular public projects in Qatar. The developer of the houses is the Ahmed Hassan Bilal Trading & Contracting Co., one of the most renowned private developers in the country.
At the moment, ECISA leads the development of these projects in which it collaborates with local businessmen. The company made long-term business agreements with such corporations in order to continue its expansion in this important market and for that, it opened a branch in Doha. In this moment, ECISA has a team of over forty technicians of different nationalities in the Qatar branch and hires over one thousand workers in the different projects.
The great work which ECISA is developing in Qatar was a leap within the business areas of the company, since this first action abroad was followed by different offers and projects in other countries in the same area. Nowadays, ECISA is in the final stretch to be allocated six more projects in different countries in the Arabian Gulf, regarding both buildings and civil works. In addition, it has a great amount of works in the pre-classification and offer phase.
ECISA signed in November 2008 the purchase of the Portuguese railway group STECONFER, a company incorporated in 1997 in order to perform specialized works within the construction and maintenance of railway facilities sector and which operates in Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
The incorporation of STECONFER to the ECISA Group involves a new stage for both companies in which ECISA will foster the activities of the company by providing funds to invest on new machinery which allows it growing in the activities which it develops already such as construction of all kinds of railway facilities, maintenance of the tracks on ballast or plates, assembling and maintenance of the catenary, securing slopes, signaling, as well as being able to offer to its clients other supplementary services which require technologically-advanced heavy machinery.
Thanks to this corporative operation, ECISA could complement its capacity as a construction company of railway facilities, in which it already has a significant experience due to the three works which it has been carrying out for different bodies of the Valencian Government and ADIF (Ministry of Public Works and Transport).
The integration of this specialized company which has a staff with over 100 employees, all of them highly qualified and trained in railway works and which aims to get in 2009 a turnover of eight million Euros, was a great business opportunity for ECISA. STECONFER has among its main clients REFER (Portuguese Railway Administration), FEVE (Spanish Narrow Track Railways) and Spanish and Portuguese construction companies with which it works as a collaborator specialized in singular works.
The company is carrying out the works at the Dublin underground on its new line Luas B1 among Sandeyford and Cherrywood, the line Lisboa-Oporto with more than 80-km high speed trains, the line Valencia-Cuenca and a great amount of railway projects in Spain and Portugal.
This purchase is included in a strategy of the ECISA Group to go on increasing its presence in the different branches of the construction and maintenance of facilities sector and, mainly, in the ones in which a continuous growth is foreseen in Spain, Portugal and other European countries.
On the other hand, STECONFER ushers the interesting Portuguese market, where, alike in Spain, the European funds will go on keeping the investment on facilities for the next years. Thus, it will allow keeping the growing levels reached in the last fiscal years by the ECISA Group within the civil work field which has already become one of the most relevant activities of the Group.