COMSA Corporación is a Spanish global group focused on infrastructure development, industrial engineering and services, whose main business historically has been railway infrastructure work.

COMSA Corporación [1]
IndustryConstruction, infrastructure
Founded1891 [2]
FounderJosé Miarnau Navás
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsConstruction and rail infrastructure
778 million (2020)
Number of employees
5300 people (2020)
Websitewww.comsa.com

HistoryEdit

ComsaEdit

The groups beginnings can be traced back to 1891 when railway employee José Miarnau Navás set up company to carry out railway infrastructure work in Reus (Tarragona) called Construcciones Miarnau SA. By 1930, the company became a public company and moved its headquarters from Reus to Barcelona. By the 1940s, the company had expanded into the general civil engineering field - building bridges, buildings and roads. By the 1980s, the company had expanded from its base in Catalonia having projects in Asturias, Andalusia, Galicia and Castile and León, and had also entered the real estate and aggregates businesses. The 1990s brought further diversification as well as the beginnings of an international presence with a subsidiary Fergrupo in Portugal. In the 2020s, the company had presence in ten countries and it diversified its activity towards sectors such as the environment, rail transport, renewable energies and concessions. By 2010s, the international business had grown, exceeding twenty countries and reaching half of the company's turnover.

Company structure and activitiesEdit

 
COMSA class 317 locomotive in Caldes de Malavella train station (2010)

The main railway and infrastructure businesses within Spain were organised within the company COMSA.

In Spain COMSA carried out all aspects of railway building from the planning stage to construction and maintenance; high profile projects included work on the infrastructure of the high speed Asturias link and Vitoria-Bilbao line. Other work included the construction of sidings for manufacturing companies including BASF, Ford Espania, Repsol Butano and Volkswagen, rolling stock shed and workshop construction, and electrification projects.

In the general construction field the group carried out road, bridge, industrial, public and office building projects, as well as water infrastructure, harbour and airport construction.

LogisticsEdit

 
A Comsa Vossloh Euro locomotive stopped at Entroncamento train station in Portugal

COMSA Rail Transport was set up in 2002 and was the first private company in Spain to acquire a license for the de-monopolized rail system. A subsidiary operated in Poland as 'Fer Polska'.

The firm GMF (Gestíon de Maquinaria Ferroviaria) managed the groups rolling stock including the track infrastructure equipment (track tampers etc.).[3]

Other business activitiesEdit

  • The 'CUMESA' and 'Ubladesa' companies were involved in quarrying/mining of aggregates
  • 'TRAVIPOS' - a joint venture with Rail.One GmbH[4] produced precast concrete sleepers and other structures for the rail industry.

International operationsEdit

COMSA Corporación operates in 20 countries. The group has presence in Europe (Andorra, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland), Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay) and North Africa (Algeria, Morocco).

Some of the subsidiaries of the group were operated in Poland, Portugal, Argentina, Australia and Chile:

ArgentinaEdit

The rail infrastructure subsidiary COMSA de Argentina was created in 1994.

AustraliaEdit

COMSA had a 40% shareholding in 'MVM Rail Pty Ltd' (along with Macmahon Holding @ 60%) - the company undertakes most aspects of railway infrastructure work including signalling and overhead cable installation. Outside Australia MVM worked on rail projects in South-East Asian countries. The company was founded in 1992 by COMSA and Valditerra of Italy.[5]

ChileEdit

The rail infrastructure subsidiary COMSA de Chile was created in 1995.

PolandEdit

COMSA owned a majority share in the three subsidiaries that make up the company Trakcja Polska:

  • PKRE - involved out the design and implementation of railway electrical power systems.[6]
  • PKRiI (Przedsiębiorstwo Robót Kolejowych i Inżynieryjnych SA) The companies' main line of business was the groundwork for and installation of railway track and associated infrastructure.[7]
  • PRK7 (Przedsiębiorstwo Robót Komunikacyjnych 7 S.A) became part of Trakcja Polska in 2007; the company specialises in public building construction[8] and in rail and tramway creation and repair.[9]

PortugalEdit

Fergrupo (FERGRUPO , Construções e Técnicas Ferroviárias, S.A.) was founded in 1989 as a venture between stockholders COMSA, the Italian company Valditerra Spa and the Portuguese company R. Delerue. The company carries out all aspects of railway infrastructure building and maintenance projects.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ About GRUPO COMSA Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine comsa.com
  2. ^ COMSA history Archived 2008-11-21 at the Wayback Machine comsa.com
  3. ^ COMSA Transport, logistics and equipment Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine comsa.com
  4. ^ Rail.One company website railone.com
  5. ^ MVM rail - about us Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine mvmrail.com
  6. ^ Tracja Polska S.A. Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine company website pkre.pl
  7. ^ Railway Engineering Joint Stock Company of Wrocław (PKRiI S.A.) company website prkii.com.pl
  8. ^ e.g. Railway stations, housing estates, warehousing, sports halls etc
  9. ^ PRK7 S.A. Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine company website prk7.com.pl
  10. ^ FERGRUPO Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine company website fergrupo.pt

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