Downer Group

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Downer Group
Traded as ASXDOW
Industry Energy (Renewable, Power, Transmission, Oil and Gas)
Infrastructure (Water, Transport, Social)
Resources (Mining, Metals, Minerals)
Founded 1933
2001 as Downer EDI
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Key people
Grant Fenn, CEO and Managing Director
Revenue A$7.7 billion (2014)
Number of employees

Downer Group is a 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]

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 Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a range of services to its customers 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.

In 2016, Downer Group replaced Dick Smith as the naming rights sponsor of the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.


The Downer Group consist of five divisions:

  • Infrastructure Services
  • Engineering, Construction and Maintenance
  • Mining
  • New Zealand
  • Rail


  1. ^ History page on Downer group website, viewed 2015-08-16

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