Downer EDI

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Downer EDI Limited
Type Public
Traded as ASXDOW

Energy (Renewable, Power, Transmission, Oil and Gas)
Infrastructure (Water, Transport, Social)
Resources (Mining, Metals, Minerals)

revenue = Increase A$5.422 billion
Founded 1933
2001 as Downer EDI
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Key people Grant Fenn, CEO and Managing Director
Employees 21,000

Downer EDI (Downer) is an Australian Stock Exchange Top-100 company that provides engineering and infrastructure management services to the public and private transport, energy, infrastructure, communications and resources sectors, across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.


Downer originated in New Zealand in 1933 as Downer & Co, a privately owned company that was to become the foundation of Downer’s engineering division. Downer & Co was established by an engineer, the late Arnold Fielder Downer, CBE, and focused on providing engineering and construction services to the public and private infrastructure sectors in New Zealand, including the New Zealand Public Works Department. In 1964, Downer merged with A&G Price to form Cable Price Downer and in 1996 the company purchased Works Corporation, a state-owned enterprise formed from the civil construction arm of the New Zealand Ministry of Works and Development.[1] The present company's tyre tread 'W' logo dates from the purchase of Works.

Downer & Co played a significant role in the creation of a number of major public infrastructure assets in New Zealand, including the road, rail, water and power systems. Notable heritage projects in New Zealand involving Downer & Co include the Homer Tunnel accessing Milford Sound (1935–1940), Rimutaka Tunnel (1951–1955), Cook Strait Ferry Terminal for passenger and freight operations (1960), Lower Nihotupu Dam (1948), Lower Wairarapa Valley flood prevention scheme (1964–1984) and New Plymouth Power Station (1972).

Today, Downer is a supplier of services to the infrastructure, mining, metals and energy sectors in New Zealand, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the United Kingdom. It provides a range of services to its clients across the whole life cycle of their physical infrastructure assets, from “front end” consulting and design through to the creation, operation, maintenance, upgrade/expansion and final decommissioning.

Alec Meikle[edit]

A teenage apprentice took his own life after bullies at a State Government rail contractor set him on fire and threatened to rape him. The death of Alec Meikle, 16, who worked with Downer EDI in Bathurst, New South Wales, has prompted the Federal Government to work with every state to fight workplace bullying. Alec confided about the bullying to Bathurst Councillor Warren Aubin in the months before he died on October 13 while the councillor was teaching him to drive. "It was horrible, he had stuff sprayed on him, he was set on fire a couple of times. They poured liquid on him then lit it up and they would stand back and watch him put it out," Mr Aubin said. "He had glue put on him. He told me he was on compo." The Federal Government brought his situation to the attention of a NSW inquiry into bullying of children and young people and the terms of the inquiry have been broadened to include apprentices and trainees. WorkCover investigated the bullying and a spokesman confirmed yesterday the abuse of Alec included "setting him on fire and threats of sexual assault". As a result of the inquiry Downer EDI was forced to implement a respectful behaviour policy.


The Downer Group includes:

  • Downer Infrastructure- provides engineering services from design and planning through to operation and maintenance with prime activities in contracting, services and projects:
    • Focused on resources, energy, transport, oil/gas/petrochemical, technology, telecommunications, water and environment markets; and infrastructure services such as roads, rail track, water supply, water treatment and public open spaces
    • Operates across Australia, New Zealand and the greater Asia-Pacific region
  • Downer Mining- a major provider of mining, mine planning and mine management services:
    • Capabilities include consulting, mining (open cut and underground), mine planning and management, explosives manufacture, supply and blasting services and asset maintenance and management
    • Operates in Australia and selected locations globally
  • Downer Rail - a provider of passenger and freight rolling stock and associated maintenance services in Australia:
    • It offers services in the design, manufacture, refurbishment, overhaul, operations and maintenance of diesel electric locomotives, electric locomotives, electric and diesel multiple (passenger) units, rail wagons, traction motors and related services
    • Operates primarily in Australia


  1. ^ History page on Downer group website, viewed 2013-01-30

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