The competitive scenario of the Salini-Impregilo Group is represented by the global market for investment in the construction sector with specific reference to that of large complex infrastructures.
World economic and commercial activity has shown signs of growth in the second half of 2013 and the forecasts of economic progress in the Euro zone refer to a recovery from the recent period of recession.
In the immediate future (2014 – 2017), an increase of 9% per annum is predicted in global demand for infrastructure, in the segments of energy, transport and other civil infrastructure projects. In this context, an important business opportunity arises out of the need for the most economically developed countries to replace or expand existing infrastructures which are no longer adequate to meet growing energy needs, and the need for mass transport, energy and water associated with the economic development and urbanization of many emerging and developing countries.
According to a study conducted by McKinsey for the OECD, from 2014 to 2030 there will be 57,300 billion dollars of investment in infrastructure, of which approximately 29% will be investment in roads and highways, 21% in energy infrastructure, 20% in water projects, 17% in telecommunications, and 13% in metros /railways, ports and airports.
In this context, the merger between Salini and Impregilo has strengthened the Group's competitive position globally, consolidating its presence in the geographical areas already covered and providing the operational function with the skills needed to break into new markets and sustain the continued growth of the business.