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Societas Europaea
Traded asWBAGSTR
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Key people
Alfred Gusenbauer (Chairman of the supervisory board), Thomas Birtel (CEO)
ServicesBuilding construction and civil engineering; infrastructure construction; tunnelling; facility management
Revenue13,508 million (2017)[1]
€448.4 million (2017)[1]
€292.4 million (2017)[1]
Number of employees
71,839 (average, 2016)

STRABAG SE is an Austrian construction company based in Villach, Austria, with its headquarters in Vienna. It is the largest construction company in Austria and one of the largest construction companies in Europe. The company is active in its home markets Austria and Germany and in all countries of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe, in selected markets in Western Europe, on the Arabian Peninsula, as well as in Canada, Chile, China and India. In these markets STRABAG has subsidiaries or operates on a project-basis.


The business has its origins in two businesses: Lerchbaumer, founded in 1835 by Anton Lerchbaumer and known as ILBAU from 1954[2] and Strassenwalzenbetrieb, founded 1895, and known as STRABAG from 1930.[2] These two businesses came under the common ownership of BIBAG Bauindustrie Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft (subsequently renamed STRABAG SE) – a company listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange – in 1998.[2] In 1999, STRABAG acquired Strubag. The same year, a financial settlement was found for the free float, and the company was delisted from the Vienna Stock exchange.[2]

In 2000, the holding company Bauholding STRABAG (or STRABAG SE since 2006) started a strong brand strategy throughout Europe, unifying all under the core brand "STRABAG". In Austria ILBAU and STUAG merged into the new STRABAG AG. The following year, the holding company became the major shareholder in German company STRABAG AG (based in Cologne).[2]

Subsequent acquisitions included Deutsche Asphalt Group in 2002, Walter Bau Group in 2005, a majority stake in Ed. Züblin in 2005, Adanti SpA, KIRCHNER Holding GmbH, F. Kirchhoff AG and Deutsche Telekom Immobilien und Service GmbH in 2008.[2]

In 2007, STRABAG SE launched its Initial Public Offering on the Vienna Stock exchange.[2]

In December 2013 the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic confirmed that one of the companies of the STRABAG Group participated in bid rigging cartel of construction companies (together with companies of Skanska group and Mota-Engil group) in 2004. Illegal conduct was associated with the tender for the execution of works for the construction of the D1 highway from Mengusovce to Jánovce in Eastern Slovakia.[3]


Current stakeholders are Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's Cyprus based Rasperia Trading, Hans Peter Haselsteiner's holding company, the Raiffeisen-Holding Niederösterreich-Wien group and Raiffeisen Group and UNIQA Group.[4]


STRABAG is managed by CEO Thomas Birtel.[5]

The Chairman of the supervisory board is Alfred Gusenbauer.


The company is organised into the following divisions: Building Construction & Civil Engineering, Transportation Infrastructure, Special Divisions & Concessions.[6]

Major projects[edit]

Major projects have included the Alte Weser Lighthouse in the North Sea completed in 1964,[7] Basra International Airport in Iraq completed in 1988,[8] the Copenhagen Metro in Denmark completed in 2002,[9] the Manapouri Second Tailrace Tunnel in New Zealand completed in 2002,[10] the Sofia Airport Second Terminal in Bulgaria completed in 2006,[11] the Vrmac Tunnel in Montenegro completed in 2007,[12] the Limerick Tunnel in Ireland completed in 2010[13] and the Niagara Third Hydro Tunnel in Canada completed in 2013.[14]

STRABAG is currently building Dar es Salaam's new Bus Rapid Transit system in Tanzania due to be completed in 2015.[15] STRABAG is also involved in HS2 lots S1 and S2, working as part of joint venture, with main construction work to start in 2018/9.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2017" (PDF). STRABAG. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g STRABAG: History
  3. ^ The Supreme Court upheld the decisions of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic in the matter of cartel of six construction companies
  4. ^ Shareholders
  5. ^ Haselsteiner geht Mitte 2014 als Strabag-Chef Der Standard, 22 June 2012
  6. ^ STRABAG Construction Worldwide Brochure
  7. ^ Bremerhaven
  8. ^ NTI Archived 20 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Copenhagen's First Metro Line Takes Shape
  10. ^ Manapouri Power Station Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Terminal could be ready by 20 December 2006
  12. ^ Panhelion Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ National Roads Authority Archived 23 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Ontario Power Generation Archived 19 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Dar rapid transit system takes shape 24 Tanzania, 19 August 2013
  16. ^ "HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn awarded by UK government". the Guardian. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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