European Business: Mr. Monini, how does your recent restructure put the company in a better position going forward?
Giovanni Monini: When the company was started by my father 40 years ago, it focused primarily on civil engineering projects. In 2000 we began to branch out into multidisciplinary projects. Today, we operate in three distinct areas and our new company structure reflects this. The business units Green, Plants and Infrastructures cover our activities in renewable energy, biopolymers, biorefinery and environmental protection, power generation, oil & gas and industrial installations, and roads, railways, harbor constructions and large-scale civil infrastructures respectively. By organizing these activities into three separate business units, we can optimize our processes while exploiting synergies across the board.
European Business: Italy like the rest of Europe is just now emerging from the coronavirus lockdown. How much have the restrictions affected your business?
Giovanni Monini: The lockdown has slowed things down somewhat in the engineering sector, but that has not been overly traumatic for us. On the whole, engineering has not been adversely affected. As a result, we are positive about the future. We see ourselves currently in the midst of a growth phase that has only been slightly delayed by the crisis. At the start of the year, we appointed a new French Managing Director, Olivier Severini, to push forward our growth plans and help us break into new markets such as Mission Critical Facilities engineering or EPCM projects. We see huge potential for the business in the field of BCM (Building Construction Management) and are also keen to expand our international activities.