SYSTRA acquires
SCOTT LISTER, to build up its activity in Australia
29 March 2016

SYSTRA acquires
SCOTT LISTER, to build up its activity in Australia

SYSTRA acquires Scott Lister, an Australian head-quartered company specialising in systems engineering and risk management, largely for the railway sector. This acquisition gives SYSTRA the wherewithal to build up its activity in Australia, a high-potential market for transport infrastructure. This acquisition also gives SYSTRA the opportunity to reinforce its skills in systems safety and integration.

Founded in 2009 by associates Mark Scott and Howard Lister, Scott Lister employs 60 people, working in offices in Australia, in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and also in Singapore and London. The company’s chief activity consists of engineering assurance, safety and reliability assessment, comprehensive (design, integration, construction, testing & commissioning) engineering services, as well as project management and management systems development.

Pierre Verzat, Chief Executive Officer of SYSTRA: " This new acquisition is part of SYSTRA’s growth plan. Since 2014, our strategy of selected acquisitions has been aiming to develop our activity on key international markets. In two years, the Group’s skillset has been enriched by the arrival of almost 1,000 staff worldwide. Following on from India, Brazil and Northern Europe, we are delighted to welcome the engineers of Scott Lister to the SYSTRA group, to reinforce us in Australia and to approach the New Zealand market. Thanks to their technical skills as well as their in-depth knowledge of the environment, institutions and regulations, we will be able to consolidate our portfolio of projects in Australia."

Jean-Charles Vollery, Senior Vice-President for Asia Pacific: "Australia is key to SYSTRA’s development in the region. Over the coming years, the country plans to develop its railway network by building more than 2,500 km of new conventional and freight lines. The main conurbations also plan to develop their urban transport networks. It was essential for us to be associated with a local player, to win contracts and build a durable foothold there. Scott Lister was an obvious choice, following our successful partnership on a technical consultancy assignment to modernize signalling for trains in Sydney."

Mark Scott, the CEO of Scott Lister, becomes Managing Director of SYSTRA Scott Lister: "SYSTRA opens a new chapter for our staff, who will integrate with an international group that they now know well and whose values and skills they appreciate. And above all, a group that will open up unique professional opportunities for them."

Patrick Desforges eases SYSTRA Scott Lister’s integration into the SYSTRA group, while working as the new subsidiary’s Business Development Director. Discover the Scott Lister webpage by following this link.

About SYSTRA in Australia

In 2014, SYSTRA opened a branch office based in Sydney, staffed by 15 experts, to conduct two major projects:

  • The independent certification of the design, construction and implementation of the North-West Railway Line project on behalf of the Sydney transport authority (Transport for New South Wales), working jointly with GHD, an Australian engineering firm. Commercial service is planned before the end of 2019. This is Australia’s largest mass transit project and is one of SYSTRA’s first major projects in Australia.
  • Conducted jointly with Scott Lister, technical adviser for the development of the Concept design for a signalling modernization (Level 2 European Train Control System) project for the Sydney metropolitan region.

More on: Upgrading Sydney’s suburban and intercity rail network signalling systems

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