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Bilfinger SE
TypeSocietas Europaea
IndustryEngineering and Services
PredecessorJulius Berger Tiefbau-Aktiengesellschaft Edit this on Wikidata
FounderPaul Bilfinger
HeadquartersMannheim, Germany
Key people
Executive Board: Dr. Thomas Schulz, Christina Johansson, Duncan Hall; Eckhard Cordes (Chairman of the supervisory board)
RevenueIncrease €3,737.4 million (2021)[1]
Increase €121.2 million (2021)[1]
Increase €123.4 million (2021)[1]
Number of employees
29,756 (2021)[1]

Bilfinger SE (previously named Bilfinger Berger AG) is a European company specialized in civil and industrial construction, engineering and services based in Mannheim, Germany.


Head office in Mannheim

Bilfinger dates back to 1880 when August Bernatz founded Bernatz Ingenieurwissenschaft as an engineering business: it became known, from 1886 as Bernatz & Grün and, from 1892, as Grün & Bilfinger when Paul Bilfinger replaced Bernat as partner.[2]

During the Second World War, Grün & Bilfinger employed Jewish slave laborers from the Kovno Ghetto in occupied Lithuania where it was known for its brutal harassment of the Jewish slaves.[3]

In 1970, Grün & Bilfinger acquired a majority stake in Julius Berger-Bauboag AG, itself a merger of two companies, Julius Berger Tiefbau AG and Berlinische Boden-Gesellschaft AG, both founded in 1890. The combined business, fully integrated in 1975, finally took the name Bilfinger & Berger Bauaktiengesellschaft.[2] In 1994 the acquisition of Razel Company took place.[2]

In 2001 the business changed its name to Bilfinger Berger AG.[2]

In 2005, Bilfinger bought all shares of Babcock Borsig Service Group from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG.[4][5]

In 2008 the company sold Razel to group Fayat for 137 million euro.[6]

In October 2009 the company acquired directly MCE Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH itself, a business based in Linz focused on the design, construction and maintenance of facilities in the process industry and the energy sector.[7]

In June 2010, a prospectus was issued with the aim of listing Bilfinger Berger Australia on the Australian Securities Exchange via an initial public offering.[8] In July 2010 the listing was abandoned with a trade sale to Lendlease agreed in December 2010.[9][10]

In 2010, services contributed to 80% of the company's total output volume of €8,123 million and EBIT for the services division amounted to €297 million.[11] In November 2011, Bilfinger acquired 98 percent of shares in Neo Structo Construction Private Ltd., located in Surat, India, for a purchase price of €47 million.[12] In 2010 Bilfinger became a Societas Europaea (SE).[13]

In December 2014 Bilfinger signed a deal to sell the construction division to Switzerland's Implenia AG. It had once been Germany's second largest builder.[14]

In June 2016 Bilfinger announced the sale of the facilities management and real estate business to Swedish financial investor EQT.[15]

In February 2018 the company announced that it would seek damages from the former directors of the company after alleged breaches in compliance and a series of acquisitions that failed to create shareholder value.[16] After securing shareholder consent in June 2020, Bilfinger reached a settlement with the former Executive Board members. The settlement with a total volume of €18.2 million ends the assertion of claims of for damages by Bilfinger.[17]


Bilfinger Logo at the entrance of Head Office (2012)

Bilfinger SE is a Deutsche Börse SDAX index traded, leading international industrial services provider. The portfolio covers the entire value chain from consulting, engineering, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, plant expansion as well as turnarounds and also includes environmental technologies and digital applications.[18]
Bilfinger, as a result of numerous acquisitions and disposals, is no longer a traditional construction company but instead a provider of services for industrial plants, power plants and real estate.[19] In financial year 2019, revenues came from industrial and engineering services in the Chemical & Petrochemical (30%), Energy & Utilities (15%), Oil & Gas (30%), Pharma & Biopharma (10%), Metallurgy (5%) and Cement/Other (10%) industries.[20]


The ownership of the business as at 31 December 2019 was as follows:[21]

Percentage Investor
74.3% Institutional Investors
16.9% Undisclosed
8.9% Treasury Shares
26.8% Cevian Capital
14.4 % Institutional Investors Germany
10.9% Institutional Investors UK
9.4 % Institutional Investors USA
4.7 % Institutional Investors Switzerland
3.9 % Institutional Investors Scandinavia
2.6% Institutional Investors Spain
1.2% Institutional Investors France
2.3% Other Institutional Investors

Major projects[edit]

Major projects have included:


In March 2009, a building collapsed in Cologne due to the nearby construction site for the Cologne Stadtbahn Nord-Süd-Stadtbahn (in German). The collapse is suspected to be caused by the construction works, and to several irregularities.[38][39] In June 2020, Bilfinger reached an out-of-court agreement that settles all civil claims arising from the collapse of the city’s municipal archive building.[40]

Several other construction projects are suspected to have been conducted with irregularities: the Düsseldorf Stadtbahn Wehrhahn-Linie (in German), the Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway[38][39] and the Bundesautobahn 1.[41]

In November 2018, Bilfinger was sued by Christopher Steele, who alleged that the company owed €150,000 for an investigation into Bilfinger's activities in Nigeria and Sakhalin.[42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2021" (PDF). Bilfinger. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bilfinger - der internationale Engineering- und Servicekonzern - Bilfinger SE". 10 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  3. ^ Tauber, Joachim (2015). Arbeit als Hoffnung: jüdische Ghettos in Litauen 1941-1944. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. p. 187. ISBN 978-3110414769.
  4. ^ "Bilfinger Berger is the new strategic investor". 2005-06-23. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
  5. ^ "Deutsche Beteiligungs AG Divests Babcock Borsig Service". PRNewswire. 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
  6. ^ FAYAT SA acquires Razel SA from Bilfinger Berger AG Thomson M&A, 20 October 2008
  7. ^ Bilfinger Offers Remedies in European Union Review of MCE Deal Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ German giant Bilfinger pushes ahead with float ABC News 9 June 2010
  9. ^ Bilfinger Berger postpones Valemus IPO The Age 6 July 2010
  10. ^ Lend Lease to acquire leading Australian engineering and construction businesses Lend Lease 21 December 2010
  11. ^ Bilfinger SE: Annual Report 2010, accessdate: 25. August 2011
  12. ^ German Bilfinger Berger Acquires Surat Based Neo Structo Construction Archived 2011-11-26 at the Wayback Machine All Voices, 24 November 2011
  13. ^ Advising Bilfinger on transformation into SE[permanent dead link] Allen & Overy, 15 April 2010
  14. ^ "Bilfinger Seals $282 Million Sale to Implenia to Exit Building". Bloomberg. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  15. ^ "EQT buys Bilfinger's building and facility division". FMJ. 3 June 2016. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Bilfinger to seek compliance damages from former executives". Euro News. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Bilfinger Shareholders Approve Settlement With Former Executive Board Members". FinanzNachrichten. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  18. ^ Bilfinger company profile 28. March 2017
  19. ^ n-tv online, Abkehr vom Baugeschäft: Bilfinger Berger im Umbruch (13. März 2011), zuletzt retrieved, 24 August 2011
  20. ^ "Reporting Factbook" (PDF). Bilfinger SE. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  21. ^ "Reporting Factbook" (PDF). Bilfinger SE. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  22. ^ a b c d e "Bilfinger - der internationale Engineering- und Servicekonzern - Bilfinger SE". 10 July 2015. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  23. ^ Brockmann, Christian; Horst Rogenhofer (January–February 2000). "Bang Na Expressway, Bangkok, Thailand—World's Longest Bridge and Largest Precasting Operation" (PDF). PCI Journal. 45 (1): 26–38. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  24. ^ "Second Bridge over the Panama Canal". Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Bilfinger - der internationale Engineering- und Servicekonzern - Bilfinger SE". 10 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Bilfinger wins reprieved hospital project". Construction News. 26 July 2001. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway" (PDF). Mega project. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  28. ^ Golden Ears Bridge at Structurae
  29. ^ "London Array contract awarded to Bilfinger Berger". IJ Global. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  30. ^ "German Ship Lift Rebuilt as Stimulus Floods Waterways (Update1)". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  31. ^ German Construction Will See Contraction Ease in 2010 Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Elin Motoren. "ELIN Motoren". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  33. ^ Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Press Release Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ "KÖLN Nord-Süd-Stadtbahn". Schwandl. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  35. ^ Transco website Archived 2010-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ Booth, Martina (29 April 2010). "Gotthard: A titanic tunnel". New Civil Engineer. EMAP Publishing Limited. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  37. ^ "Bilfinger Berger completes phase I of Düsseldorf rail line". World Construction Network. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  38. ^ a b "Les combines des chantiers du métro minent le vieux Cologne" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  39. ^ a b "En Allemagne, les graves malversations du numéro deux du BTP font scandale" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  40. ^ "Three big contractors agree €600m settlement for fatal collapse of Cologne archives building". Global Construction Review. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  41. ^ "Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm - The Local". Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  42. ^ Harding, Luke (November 8, 2018). "Trump dossier author suing engineering firm for alleged unpaid work". The Guardian.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bernhard Stier and Martin Krauß: Drei Wurzeln – ein Unternehmen. 125 Jahre Bilfinger Berger AG. ISBN 3-89735-411-X.

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