Interview with Yves Meignié
VINCI Energies underwent further change in 2012. How would you describe the Group today ?
VINCI Energies is a market leader generating revenue of more than €9 billion, with 64,000 employees and business units in 45 countries including 25 countries outside Europe. It is a robust group with expertise positioned in key areas of its major markets - energy, transport, industry, telecommunications and the service sector. We have clear goals, strong momentum and a sturdy organisational structure that can cope with the current economic instability and take advantage of growth opportunities.
What action taken in 2012 brought the Group to this point ?
I would mention three emblematic projects:
What accounts for these results ?
Our segmentation enables our teams to acquire technical excellence and full familiarity with their customers’ processes. Our broad range of solutions and services enables us to meet our customers’ day-to-day requirements and to serve as an integrated provider for their complex and international projects. All this helps to consolidate our long-term working relationship centred on their installations.
Does the VINCI Energies business model give you a competitive edge in your markets ?
Our time-honoured business model is very powerful, both internally and externally. Our networked business unit structure gives us a rock-solid understanding of our customers’ expectations and enables us to be very responsive to their needs and to offer solutions that are precisely tailored to their requirements. Yes, our business model does give us an advantage.
What about the future ?
The push for energy efficiency will generate substantial investments across the entire sector, from power generation to building, plant and infrastructure equipment and the smart grids of the future. Transport infrastructure, with its growing use of complex systems, and communication networks, with their constant evolution and increasing capacity requirements, are further investment drivers.
What is the main development focus in 2013 ?
It is very straightforward: we will continue to build on our business model, focusing on our productivity and allowing our Group to grow within our current geographical base.
How does this development fit in with the VINCI Group’s strategy ?
It forms an excellent fit. We give VINCI a strong position in the high-growth energy and information technology sector. We also broaden VINCI’s global offerings.
In conclusion, how would you describe your approach to 2013 ?
Lucid and confident. Our order book stands at a high level. We offer a unique range of expertise, talent, solutions and services and we have the capacity to support our customers. We are a major player in markets that will remain buoyant. Our organisational structure will enable us to flexibly navigate the ups and downs of our markets and take advantage of every opportunity.