Bilfinger Berger
Bilfinger Berger is a large, internationally active construction and services company based in Mannheim
Mannheim is a city in southwestern Germany. With about 315,000 inhabitants, Mannheim is the second-largest city in the Bundesland of Baden-Württemberg, following the capital city of Stuttgart....

, Germany
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Bilfinger Berger dates back to 1880 when August Bernatz founded an engineering business which became known, from 1886 as Bernatz & Grün and, from 1892, as Grün & Bilfinger.

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, took the name Bilfinger & Berger Bauaktiengesellschaft.

In 2001 the business changed its name to Bilfinger Berger AG.
In October 2009 the Company acquired MCE Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH, a business based in Linz
Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria . It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is , and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about...

 focused on the design, construction and maintenance of facilities in the process industry and the energy sector.

In November 2009 the BBAG announced that it is considering floating Bilfinger Berger Australia on the Australian Securities Exchange
Australian Securities Exchange
The Australian Securities Exchange was created by the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange in July 2006. It is the primary stock exchange group in Australia....

 via an initial public offering
Initial public offering
An initial public offering or stock market launch, is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. It can be used by either small or large companies to raise expansion capital and become publicly traded enterprises...

 (IPO). The prospectus for the IPO for the new Australian entity (named Valemus
Lend Lease Infrastructure is the second largest construction and engineering specialist business in Australia and a division of Lend Lease Group....

) was issued in June 2010 and the company is expected to be listed on the ASE in July.

In recent years Bilfinger Berger has shifted the focus of its activities toward the services business. 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.

Global presence

The global presence of the Bilfinger Berger Group spans five continents with operations in Europe, United States, South East Asia, Africa and Australia.

Building and facility services

  • Bilfinger Berger Facility Services
  • Bilfinger Berger Building
  • Julius Berger Nigeria
  • Bilfinger Berger Government Services
  • Centennial

Major projects

Major projects have included the Ludendorff Bridge
Ludendorff Bridge
The Ludendorff Bridge was a railway bridge across the River Rhine in Germany, connecting the villages of Remagen and Erpel between two ridge lines of hills flanking the river...

 at Remagen
Remagen is a town in Germany in Rhineland-Palatinate, in the district of Ahrweiler. It is about a one hour drive from Cologne , just south of Bonn, the former West German capital. It is situated on the River Rhine. There is a ferry across the Rhine from Remagen every 10–15 minutes in the summer...

 completed in 1919, the Busch Memorial Stadium
Busch Memorial Stadium
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 completed in 1966, the Munich Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium (Munich)
Olympiastadion is a stadium located in Munich, Germany. Situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics....

 completed in 1972, the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957...

 completed in 1973, the Dresdner Bank Tower completed in 1978, the Oymapinar Dam
Oymapinar Dam
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 in Turkey
Turkey , known officially as the Republic of Turkey , is a Eurasian country located in Western Asia and in East Thrace in Southeastern Europe...

 completed 1984, the Mỹ Thuận Bridge in Vietnam
Vietnam – sometimes spelled Viet Nam , officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam – is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea –...

 completed in 2000, the Puente Centenario over the Panama Canal
Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. Built from 1904 to 1914, the canal has seen annual traffic rise from about 1,000 ships early on to 14,702 vessels measuring a total of 309.6...

 completed in 2004, the Svinesund Bridge
Svinesund Bridge
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 between Sweden
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 and Norway
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 completed in 2005 and the Golden Ears Bridge
Golden Ears Bridge
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 near Vancouver
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 in Canada
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 completed in June 2009.

The company is also working on the refurbishment of Sonnenstein Castle
Sonnenstein castle
The Sonnenstein castle is a castle in Pirna, near Dresden, Germany. It housed a mental hospital, which operated from 1811 to the end of World War II in 1945. During the War, it functioned as an extermination centre for the Third Reich Action T4 program...

 due to be completed in 2012, the construction of a new Niederfinow North boat lift
Niederfinow boat lift
The Niederfinow boat lift is the oldest working boat lift in Germany. It lies on the Oder-Havel-Kanal near Niederfinow in Brandenburg. The lift overcomes a difference in elevation of 36 metres.- History :...

 due to be completed in 2012 and the Gotthard Base Tunnel
Gotthard Base Tunnel
The Gotthard Base Tunnel is a new railway tunnel beneath the Swiss Alps, expected to open in 2016. With a route length of and a total of of tunnels, shafts and passages, it is the world's longest rail tunnel, surpassing the Japanese Seikan Tunnel....

 due to be completed in 2015.

The company is also part of a consortium responsible for the construction and design of the currently halted Edinburgh Tram Project now expected to be completed in 2014.

Further reading

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