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2.9%of revenue
in 2016

Technological challenges

Increasing urbanisation and rising environmental concerns are factors behind the rail industry’s buoyant growth. The increase in traffic is about 5% per year, and the global market is expected to grow on average by 2.6% p.a. between now and 2017*. France is the world’s third rail power behind China and Germany and its upcoming programmes indicate sustained activity over the years ahead. Prospects are also opening up abroad, where the sector’s exports are expected to double by 2020.

The Group’s product and service supply in the railway sector focuses on several lines of industry expertise:

  • design, sizing, implementation, certification and validation of rolling stock;
  • development and validation of signalling systems, traffic management or real-time information systems.

In a context where panels are being streamlined and tightened, ALTEN is reinforcing its positions in France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain, the USA and Russia, with both the manufacturers of materials and suppliers and network operators.


ALTEN Added value

Nearly 600 engineers serving the Railway industry

  • Significant positions in France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain, the USA and Russia.
  • Over 50% of projects in workpackage mode.

Product & Service Supply


range of services

ALTEN offers different service levels to provide the best response to clients’ needs

Alten's 3 services

  • Engineering and Technology Consultancy

    77%of revenue
    in 2016

    Studies and conception of technological products, for technical divisions in industry.

  • Networks, Telecoms and Multimedia

    15%of revenue
    in 2016

    Engineering for product design (terminals or networking equipment) Network architecture, deployment and operation.

  • Information Systems

    8%of revenue
    in 2016

    Customised development of IT systems, for information systems departments in industry, telecoms and the service sector.

ALTEN, the European leader in engineering and technology consulting, provides support for its clients’ development strategies in the fields of innovation, R&D and it systems.

Its 21,300 top engineers carry out studies and conception projects for the technical and information systems divisions of large corporate clients in the industrial, telecommunications and services sectors.


rolling stock An agenda of product evolution

The rail industry is a buoyant market that is striving to upgrade its products in order to meet the industry’s new challenges: environment, automation, number of passengers, safety, etc.


International Railways: a rapidly-evolving global market

The global rail market is expected to grow on average by 2.6% per year between now and 2017 and over 70% of the population will be living in cities in 2050, particularly in emerging countries. Acknowledged French expertise in rail… France is the world’s third rail power after China and Germany. Between 5 and 6 […]


signalling Advances in signalling and enhancement of the traveller experience

With travellers now the very centre of attention, railway operators are looking to provide services that are better suited to changing needs and behaviours by designing innovations into their signalling systems.


Infrastructure Respond to the development of an intermodal and connected network

Faced with the increasing mobility of citizens and new consumer habits, an increasingly connected and intermodal transport network is gaining ground and requires the development of appropriate solutions.

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