"The bricklaying robot is the future of masonry"
“Our entrepreneurship and operational excellence were central to the growth we experienced in 2022”, says CEO Kemal Sağlam. “Ballast Nedam has been in business for over 145 years. Over the past year, we have strengthened our organisation by focusing on risk management, quality and profitability so that we can add optimal value for our stakeholders. At the same time, we take responsibility for keeping our living environment as healthy and safe as possible. We are a learning organisation and making our business a little better every day."
Climate change is forcing the sector to search for low-carbon or carbon-free alternatives, and global depletion of natural resources is putting pressure on the availability and affordability of raw materials. The importance of a more circular and nature-inclusive way of working is therefore high. Last year, Ballast Nedam took further steps to realise its sustainable ambitions. This included reducing CO2 emissions from business activities by 42.2% in 2022 compared to the reference year 2019.
In 2023, Ballast Nedam revised its strategy for its construction activities in the Netherlands. In this adjusted strategy, Ballast Nedam focuses on projects that are well-developed and repetitive in terms of construction methods, where expertise can be (re)applied and risks can be better managed. Ballast Nedam will continue to carry out large projects in the Netherlands, as long as they fall within this strategy.
In line with its decentralised organisation, at the beginning of 2023 Ballast Nedam decided to execute all future building construction projects within its regional companies and wind down the central business unit Ballast Nedam Building Projects. The employees involved will be redeployed within Ballast Nedam as much as possible.
In 2022, Ballast Nedam and Fluor, as a joint venture ALSÉÉN, signed the contract with Rijkswaterstaat for the widening of the A27 Everdingen-Hooipolder highway. This is a two-phase approach for the design, construction and 15-year maintenance of this section of the A27. For Ballast Nedam, this contract creates medium-term certainty in times of ongoing market uncertainties and it creates business continuity.
Kemal Sağlam concludes: “As we anticipate limited growth in the market in the coming years, operational excellence is of the utmost importance to keep our company healthy and enable it to grow. Operational excellence will help us to improve our activities and manage risks. We focus on regional growth and resilient business units, with possible strategic acquisitions. Our teams are better integrated than ever before and our core values are more deeply embedded in our organisation. With this foundation, we continue to work towards a sustainable and profitable future.”