August 6 2018

Vossloh AG, through its subsidiary Vossloh Australia Pty Ltd, will acquire Laing O’Rourke’s concrete rail sleeper manufacturing specialist Austrak.

Austrak, which was founded in Australia in 1980, and since 2006 has been a fully-owned subsidiary of Laing O’Rourke, is the recognised industry leader in the provision of concrete sleepers to the rail industry across Australia.

Having produced more than 22 million sleepers, Austrak has supplied some of the country’s most complex and demanding railways such as Alice Springs to Darwin, iron ore railways in the Pilbara for BHP, Rio Tinto and FMG, as well as suburban and freight lines in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Vossloh has recognised Austrak’s position as a leader in the design and manufacture of pre-stressed concrete sleepers, bearers and associated products, which will complement and enhance its existing operations.

Laing O’Rourke’s Australia Hub Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said this marked a positive step for Austrak’s future, and we are confident the organisation will benefit from the integration into a broader rail products business that is committed to growing its manufacturing operations in Australia and internationally.

There will be no impact on current trading, orders or operations at Austrak.

About Laing O’Rourke

Laing O’Rourke is an international construction and engineering enterprise with 50 years of involvement in Australian building and infrastructure, including more than a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner.

The business is currently delivering some of Australia’s most exciting projects across the transport, building construction, defence, airports, mining, civil and social infrastructure sectors including the redevelopment of Central Station and a number of other Sydney Metro rail packages, as well as significant rail infrastructure projects in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Laing O’Rourke is committed to becoming the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry and has twice been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 most innovative businesses by BRW Magazine.

About Vossloh

Vossloh is a leading global rail infrastructure specialist with over 100 years of experience and about 3,800 employees.

The core business focuses on rail infrastructure applications – specifically components, engineering solutions and services ranging from conventional to high-speed lines, heavy load and urban networks.

Vossloh is a provider of integrated solutions, products and services that cover the entire infrastructure lifecycle. Vossloh is a global market leader for rail fastening and switch systems and the leading manufacturer of concrete railroad sleepers in North America. In addition to their products, Vossloh offers track-related services. This includes logistics, maintenance and a worldwide unique and patented technology for preventive care of rails.

Headquartered in Werdohl, Germany, Vossloh operates production sites for turnouts and fastening systems in rail industry markets all over the world.

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