Imtech: further growth of mobility solutions in Eastern Europe
Imtech CEO René van der Bruggen: 'Imtech Traffic & Infra occupies a strong position in the European traffic market, together with Peek, an acquisition from 2007 which has intentionally retained its own corporate identity because of its strong brand name. Imtech is active in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Nordic countries and Central Europe and is structurally working on further growth of its traffic position in Eastern Europe. The intensity of the traffic in and around cities in Eastern Europe is so great that high-tech traffic solutions make an important contribution to improve traffic circulation. The recent orders prove that we are making good progress in further strengthening our position in the European traffic market - one of the objectives of our 2015 growth strategy.'
Breakthrough in Saint Petersburg, Russia
In the city of Saint Petersburg (population: over 3 million), Imtech is supplying an innovative solution for traffic monitoring, including the accompanying software and detectors. The structural collection of traffic data forms the foundation for an adaptive traffic management system (traffic light control system) that revolves around a network of 28 intersections in the city centre. In a next phase, this system can be expanded to include other intersections on key feeder roads and to other roads in the city centre. This requires a master plan to be developed for the coming year, were Imtech with local partners will be involved. Within this framework, Imtech has also expanded its existing partnership with Delcan, an international traffic management specialist.
In the bay of Saint Petersburg, Imtech is also working on the technical infrastructure of the not-yet-operational Seatunnel, the last link for finishing the ring road that encircles the city. Imtech is responsible, among other things, for all technical traffic-related solutions such as height, loop and radar detection, traffic signs, automatic barriers, traffic lights, meteorological stations and prism signs (automatic panels). In addition, Imtech bears responsibility for a high-tech control, operating and monitoring system for the traffic installation in the tunnel.
Further growth in Poland
Imtech has already been active in Poland for a number of years, and it has concluded maintenance contracts in, among other cities like Warsaw, Wroclaw (Breslau) and Krakow. Working from this foundation, Imtech actively participates in a growing number of government tender procedures. These tenders partly stem from a special plan developed by the Polish government, in which ten cities have been selected for government support in the area of mobility improvement. In addition, Imtech is involved in FREILOT®, an experimental EU programme for a new generation of urban traffic technology. The programme involves a real-time technological 'dialogue' between vehicles and with fixed traffic systems such as automatic traffic controllers. An integrated approach results in an improvement of the local air quality, lower fuel consumption and improved road safety. It is possible to reduce emissions and fuel consumption by up to around 20%. In Krakow, Imtech realised the first experimental EU project in Eastern Europe.
Traffic management in Croatia
In the Croatian city of Split, Imtech is involved in a traffic management system in which traffic circulation is improved via image and microwave detection, with lower harmful emission levels as a result. In Zagreb, Imtech has been awarded a technical maintenance contract.
Marketing and sales in the Baltic republics
In Vilnius in Lithuania, Imtech recently opened an office, with the objective of engaging in structural marketing and sales in the regional traffic market of the three Baltic republics. The company's first success was an order to supply an intelligent traffic management system on the basis of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology in Jelgava (Latvia). The first phase of this assignment was recently completed. The second phase is scheduled for the second half of 2011.
First order in Romania
In Bucharest in Romania, Imtech has recently in co-operation with a local partner, obtained its first order for a high-tech traffic system.
Imtech Contracting GmbH
Imtech N.V. is a European technical services provider in the fields of electrical engineering, ICT (information and communication technology) and mechanical engineering. With approximately 26,000 employees, Imtech achieves annual revenue of around 4.5 billion euro. Imtech holds strong positions in the buildings and industry markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, Ireland and Spain, the European markets of ICT and Traffic as well as in the global marine market. In total Imtech serves 21,000 customers. Imtech offers added value with integrated and multidisciplinary total solutions that lead to better business processes and more efficiency for customers and the customers they, in their turn, serve. Imtech also offers solutions that contribute towards a sustainable society, for example in the areas of energy, the environment, water and mobility. Imtech shares are listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange Amsterdam, where Imtech is included in the Midkap Index. Imtech shares are also included in the Dow Jones STOXX 600 index.