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Ever since India opened up its economy and started emphasising on infrastructure development through public private partnerships (PPP), the country has become a hot-spot for construction companies — both Indian and foreign. Notwithstanding the current slowdown in
the industry, India continues to offer huge opportunities in the infrastructure space in the medium to long term. As the policies of Indian government look to encourage greater participation from private players, both in terms of project execution as well as financing, construction companies have
a major role to play.

These developments have encouraged India to take up mega and large ticket projects in good numbers across the country. But in many cases, local construction companies lack in technological expertise and experience to execute large-scale projects, which necessitates participation from foreign construction companies that have greater technological expertise, experience and financial strength. Incidentally, Indian construction companies have taken up this as an opportunity rather than a threat. Many of them have tied up with foreign companies not only to make themselves
eligible for big-ticket projects but also gain access to foreign technology and know-how.

The Indian construction market offers exciting opportunities for foreign companies. Realising the future growth potential, many international firms have set up shop in Indian in the last few decades. Some have set up their subsidiaries in the country to tap the available business opportunities, while others have established their presence through joint-ventures with local companies. Here, we feature five leading foreign construction companies who have set a strong foothold in India.


Leighton Welspun Contractors is one of India’s largest international construction companies. Operating in India since 1998, the company is a part of the Leighton Holdings Group — Australia’s leading construction, mining and project development group. The company operates across a diverse range of sectors including oil and gas, buildings, infrastructure and mining. It operates with offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, and has a team of over 800 staff and a workforce of over 2,500 employees. Leighton Welspun has executed a large number of iconic projects across various sectors in India including, the pipe replacement project (PRP2) for ONGC, which was the biggest contract ever awarded by ONGC.

• Contract from Tata Realty for building five premium residential towers at the Tritvam residential project, Kochi
• Won its fifth consecutive project from ONGC for pipeline replacement project 3 (PRP3)
• Civil works from Jindal Steel & Power for building integrated steel plant


Korea-based Samsung Engineering Company established its first global engineering centre— Samsung Engineering India— in New Delhi in 2006. The Indian arm is presently engaged in the execution of a number of petrochemical, refinery, power and steel projects, both overseas and domestic, in collaboration with the head office. It has employed over 600 Indian staff from various disciplines such as engineering, procurement, construction and project management.

• EPC contract from Nagarjuna Oil Corp. for Hydrodesulphurization Unit in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu
• EPC contract from Indian Oil for refinery expansion in Barauni, Bihar
• Contract from ONGC Petro Additions for building high-density polyethylene plant in Dahej, Gujarat



Headquartered in Mumbai, Tecnimont ICB (TICB) is an integral part of Italian firm Maire Tecnimont Group, which is a premier EPC company. Its parent company has varied capabilities and vast experience to execute large and complex projects worldwide on lumpsum turnkey (LSTK) basis.
Since its inception in 1976, the company’s E&I Division division has completed more than 350 assignments to its credit and is a major player in Instrumentation & Electrical Installation works. Tecnimont ICB caters to a wide spectrum of business sectors that mainly includes oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, refineries, fertilizers, energy, civil engineering and infrastructure. The company has its support offices in New Delhi in India; and Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Jeddah in Middle East.

• EPC contracts from ONGC for the realisation of polyolefin plants for PE and PP in Dahej, Gujarat
• Lump-sum turnkey project related to carbon dioxide recovery plant for National Fertilizer Limited in Vijaipur
• Lump-sum turnkey project from Indian Oil Corporation for the sulphur solidification unit at Panipat


Toyo Engineering India (Toyo India), a subsidiary of Japanese construction major Toyo Engineering, has been present in India for more than 35 years. It was primarily set up to support its parent company in executing projects in the Middle East and India. Today, Toyo India is a professionally managed corporate entity undertaking EPC, PMC and EPCM project assignments by leveraging its vast and varied experience, large pool of technically competent manpower, excellent office infrastructure and other requisite resources. Toyo India executes medium and large-sized projects for chemicals processing industry

• EPC-LSTK contract from BASF for GIR Project, Dahej, Gujarat
• Wastewater Treatment Plant, Toyotsu Rare Earth India, Vizag
• Diesel Hydrotreater Project, HPCL


From just a small construction office in 1965, to a branch office of parent company Uhde GmbH, Germany in 1970, Uhde India has come a long way in being recognised as a major EPC company in the country and abroad. Operating from Mumbai and Pune with a workforce of over 1,000 specialists, Uhde’s solutions encompass the entire range of services for fertiliser, petrochemical, refinery, electrolysis, metallurgical, pharmaceutical and industrial projects. It is the flagship subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH of Germany and the lead entity for gr oup projects in  India, the Middle East and Egypt; and a group company in the technologies business area of ThyssenKrupp AG.

• Engineering services for NPK Fertilizer plant revamp for Zuari Holdings in Goa
• LSTK contract for Urea grade NPK plant for Coromandel International in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
• Caustic Soda projects for Aditya Birla Group at Vilayat, Patalganga and Renukoot


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