In 2017, ETF decided to restructure its organisation around skillsets designed to meet emerging needs on the transport infrastructure market, making risk prevention an absolute priority at the heart of its production activity and reinforcing its territorial management. The new organisation brings greater operational reactivity to its teams, with a focus on quality and safety, and more finely-tuned, forward-looking analyses of customers’ expectations.
On its markets, ETF made the shift to railway regeneration activities, now a priority as regards investment in the national rail network. An indicator of this turning point was the start-up of the Dense Zone (Zone Dense) rapid track laying operations and the programme for the replacement of the Vigirail tracks. ETF won some major contracts, in particular the overhead contact line renewal on the RER C and rapid track laying operations on the national network.
ETF also confirmed its presence on urban transport markets, for the extension to Line 11 of the Paris metro, the construction of new tram lines in Caen, Lyon, Bordeaux, Saint Etienne and Nice, and the first major French tram track renewals for tracks created in the 1980s and ‘90s in Orleans, Nantes and Strasbourg, amongst others.
Internationally, ETF continues to grow, working alongside VINCI and Eurovia. In Africa, ongoing projects on the Cairo metro, the Trans-Gabon rapid track laying operations, and a first contract with VINCI in Guinea-Conakry. On the American continent, there was a maintenance contract for the Santiago de Chili metro and numerous projects with Rail Cantech in Canada. In Europe, ETF Poland signed a major contract for and the company acquired TGH, a German subsidiary operating in a very buoyant market. And whilst this takeover represents a first for ETF, external growth should continue in 2018.