The COLAS Group is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of road, air, rail and maritime transport infrastructure. Roads – the Group’s core business – account for more than 80% of its total activity.
With over 58,000 employees, a network of 2,000 material production units and 800 construction business units operating in 50 countries across 5 continents, the Group carries out more than 85,000 projects each year supported by a strong upstream industrial network. In 2018, the COLAS Group posted €13.2 billion Euros of consolidated revenue.
The COLAS name was derived from the terms ‘COLd’ and ‘ASphalt’.
In 1925 two English companies Asphalt Cold Mix Ltd merged with a company called COLAS Mix Manufacturing Ltd to form COLAS Product Ltd to supply bitumen emulsions for use on roads in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.
The COLAS Road Company was founded in France in 1929 by Shell and Société Générale d’Entreprises (SGE). The company originally specialized in the production of bitumen emulsion in addition to road works. Over the years the company’s name changed to COLAS SA International Group which saw expansion from roads to all forms of transportation infrastructure across the world.
With a significant investment in research and development capability COLAS specialises in developing innovative materials and processes to create safe and sustainable transport systems.
With a global footprint spanning 50 counties and 5 continents, COLAS is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of roads and other forms of transport infrastructure – rail, air, sea – thus meeting the challenges posed by connecting communities and environmental issues.
The COLAS Australia Group was formed in 2008 with the acquisition of SAMI Bitumen Technologies. The COLAS Australia Group has continued to expand its operations throughout Australia with the acquisition of a number of local companies and is now supported by over 500 employees across 15 work sites in 5 states.
To provide world class innovative and sustainable solutions for transport infrastructure for future generations.
To deliver innovative and sustainable infrastructure through our five key cornerstones:
CARING is a fundamental value of our corporate culture. Whether it is self-care, care for employees, care for our customers and partners or care for the environment and community, we are driven by the same duty of care. This is why acting ethically, preserving the safety of those working with us will always remain our priority. CARING means setting an example, listening to others, creating the conditions to allow each employee to express themselves freely and to grow. CARING is translating our commitments into strong actions of corporate social responsibility (CSR). CARING means doing everything we can to best meet the needs of our customers.
SHARING talents and resources in all their diversity builds teamwork and provides a source of new ideas. SHARING is creating optimal conditions for working as a team by promoting trust, responsibility and solidarity. SHARING means embracing the Group’s projects and bringing employees on board so that everyone feels involved. SHARING is encouraging transmission of know-how between generations and putting expertise at the forefront of the group for its customers, stakeholders and industry partners.
DARING is at the core of innovation, a pioneering mindset founded our corporate culture. DARING to move forward, to explore new horizons, to reinvent ourselves. DARING to undertake and launch ideas and initiatives that create value. DARING is encouraging initiative. DARING is giving everyone an opportunity.
DARING is pushing back the boundaries of what is possible.
Research and development sits at the core of COLAS. It enables customers to select from products and services with guaranteed durability and performance in the knowledge that they have been rigorously tested, researched, modified and enhanced.
The international COLAS Group invests around €70 Million Euros per year in research and development providing an extensive international network supported by over 2,000 research experts, engineers and technicians. Our local laboratories and technical experts work closely with the Campus for Science and Technology near Paris – the world’s largest private road research laboratory – to develop new improved products.