Roads

Roads are the Group’s core business, generating 9.7 billion euros in revenue in 2017, i.e., 82% of total Group revenue. This activity includes two main lines of business: road works and production of construction materials.

01 Roads around the world

  • In mainland France, the Group operates via 6 regional subsidiaries covering the entire country.
  • In Europe, the Group operates in:
    • Northern Europe, including in particular Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Ireland
    • Central Europe, including in particular Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia and Romania
  • In North America, the Group operates in:
    • 16 states in the United States, where its activities include a significant industrial component (aggregates, asphalt mix and ready-mix concrete) and a substantial bitumen storage business
    • 8 provinces and territories in Canada: Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nunavut
  • In the Rest of the world, the Group operates in:
    • all the French overseas departments and regions: the French Caribbean, French Guiana, Mayotte and Reunion Island
    • Africa and the Indian Ocean, including in particular Morocco, western and southern Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Comoros
    • in the Middle East - in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar
    • Asia / Australia / Pacific Rim: the Group’s main activity in this region is the production, storage, transformation, distribution and sale of petroleum products, delivered through a network consisting of a bitumen production site in Kemaman, Malaysia along with 26 emulsion plants, 21 bitumen storage depots and 10 bitumen tankers. In Australia, business has expanded to include Road construction. Colas also operates in New Caledonia.

02 Road works

  • Repaving roads on Highway A1 between Bardonnex and Bernex in Switzerland
  • Building the Tamarin road on Reunion Island
  • Renovating the runway at the Koné Airport in New Caledonia
  • Construction of the Buriram automobile racing circuit in Thailand
  • Repaving roads for the Tour de France cycling race in the French Alps
  • Repaving the I 520 Bobby Jones Highway in Georgia, USA

Road works

Road works (69% of total Group revenue)

  • As a leader in road construction and maintenance with 55,000 road projects a year, Colas builds and maintains the following types of infrastructure:
    • highways (e.g., construction of a section of the M35 motorway in Hungary, widening of two sections of the D1 motorway in the Czech Republic, upgrading and widening of sections on Interstates 64, 40, 78 in the United States)
    • major roads (e.g., construction of the southwest ring road in Calgary, construction of a section of Route 47 in Hungary, construction of the Tchetti-Savalou and Logozouhé-Glazoué roads in Benin)
    • airport runways and parking areas (e.g., upgrading runways at Iqaluit airport in Nunavut, Canada, refurbishment of runways at Nosy Be airport in Madagascar)
    • ports, industrial sites, logistics hubs, retail platforms (e.g., development on the Brest polder, construction of infrastructure at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Slovakia)
    • streets and urban development (pedestrian areas, squares), reserved-lane public transport networks (buses, trams, metros) (e.g., construction of the L2 ring road in Marseille, renovation and maintenance of the roads in central London, extension of tramways from Bordeaux, Lyon, Avignon, Paris region, Rabat, rapid bus transit lines in Aix-en-Provence, Lens, Bayonne, France)

    • recreational facilities: bike paths, motor racing circuits, athletic fields

    • environmental projects: retention ponds, landscaped areas, wind farms

  • Activities at the Road subsidiaries also encompasses:

    • small-scale civil engineering and drainage projects often linked to roads, as well as more complex civil engineering structures forming part of comprehensive road and highway projects. [ex: construction of a number of engineering structures on the Tamarind Road in Reunion Island]
    • In some geographical areas, the Group’s road subsidiaries are sometimes involved in building projects encompassing the following:
      • traditional new building and renovation activities in the Paris region (France) as well as on islands in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean where these activities are an essential complement to the Group’s road activities [ex: construction of a 30-storey office building in Antananarivo (Madagascar)]
      • demolition/deconstruction of old buildings in France, often linked to the Group’s materials recycling activities [ex: demolition of a housing project in Asnières-sur-Seine (France) using hydraulic jacking]

03 Production of construction materials

Doville Quarry in Normandy, France
  • Quarry in Chonburi, Thailand
  • Asphalt plant on a runway repaving project at the Gatwick Airport near London, England
  • Nordhouse gravel pit in eastern France
  • SCPR quarry site on the port, Reunion Island

Production of construction materials

Production of construction materials (13% of total Group revenue)

Upstream from the construction and maintenance activity, Colas also does significant business in the production and recycling of construction materials (aggregates, emulsions and binders, asphalt mix, ready-mix concrete and bitumen) across all its sites around the world. Some of these materials are used by the Group while others are sold to third parties.

Colas operates via a dense international network consisting of:

  • Nearly 750 quarries and gravel pits
  • More than 120 emulsion and binder plants
  • Nearly 600 asphalt plants
  • Roughly 170 ready-mix concrete plants
  • 1 bitumen production plant in Malaysia

Total volumes produced by Colas in 2017 were as follows:

  • 106 million tons of aggregates
  • 1.7 million tons of emulsions and binders
  • 42 million tons of asphalt mix
  • 2.4 million cubic meters of ready-mix concrete
  • 0.85 million tons of bitumen

The Group’s global authorized reserves of aggregates are estimated at 2.9 billion tons.