About us

The EUROPTEN Group consists of six operating companies and has been growing for over 100 years. 

EUROPTEN handles catenary projects in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland, and overhead line construction projects in Austria, Germany and Slovakia.

In total, with 700 employees and currently around 45 projects, we are developing an annual operating performance of €180 to €200 million.


As a specialist in line construction, EUROPTEN has been one of the leading providersof energy infrastructure systems in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Slovenia for more than 100 years.

The EUROPTEN Group management team consists of the management of the operating parent company European Trans Energy GmbH and the heads of the individual business divisions. Transparent management, an open-door policy and handshake quality are a matter of course for us.

Professional expertise and responsible employee management, as well as integrity and commitment, are essential success factors in our corporate governance.

Economic responsibility and understanding the needs of employees on a day-to-day basis ensure the growth and progress of our company.

Wilfried Rendl

Expert knowledge and responsible leadership, coupled with integrity and dedication, are key success factors guiding our corporate leadership.

Franz Rossler

Economic responsibility and the understanding of our employees' everyday needs ensure the growth and progress of our company.

Supervisory Board

of European Trans Energy GmbH


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Training & Further Education

EUROPTEN recognises your potential and promotes your development.

Particularly in an environment of ongoing change and technical innovation, staff training and development are crucial. For this reason, we continuously provide training and further education in business and technological topics in close consultation with our employees.

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Our History


Purchase of new motor tower cars from Plasser & Theurer.


100 years line construction. Take-over 100 % of RISMANN s.r.o. and change of the company name into EUROPTEN Slovakia s.r.o.


Acquisition of the Slovenian TEGRAD gradnja železnic d.o.o. in April 2018 and strengthening the catenary business unit.


Shares in EUROPTEN previously held by PORR were taken over by the Androsch Privatstiftung and Dörflinger Privatstiftung. Each of them holds 50% of the shares in European Trans Energy Beteiligungs GmbH.
Company foundation EUROPTEN Transmission Germany GmbH, based in Berlin.
Company foundation EUROPTEN Schweiz AG, based in Dübendorf.
Acquisition of 65% stake in RISMANN s.r.o., based in Svidník, Slovakia, and expansion of the overhead line business.



Acquisition of ALTRASS Freileitungstechnik GmbH as a wholly-owned subsidiary of EUROPTEN in October 2010 to expand its competences.



With effect from 30 October 2006 the Overhead Lines and Catenary Systems division of VA TECH T&D was sold to European Trans Energy Beteiligungs GmbH (49 % PORR Bau GmbH, 25.5 % Androsch Private Foundation and 25.5 % Dörflinger Private Foundation).


Acquisition of the Transmission and Distribution division of the Austrian VA TECH Group by Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution.


The Planning Bureau Leipzig (PBL) started to work in January 2003 with a team of top-qualified and experienced planning engineers.


The Competence Centre for Planning Catenary Systems and Overhead Power Lines was founded in December 2002 at the Leipzig location.


Formation of a joint venture with Schneider Electric – VA TECH Schneider High Voltage GmbH. VA TECH T&D held a share of 60 % in the joint venture and took over the strategic leadership.


With effect from 1 January 2000 the acquisition of Sulzer Hydro (with the ESCHER WYSS trademark) substantially strengthened the business division for hydraulic power generation. Reorganisation of VA TECH ELIN into VA TECH HYDRO and VA TECH Transmission & Distribution.


For being known on the market as a common brand all companies of the VA TECH Group used the name VA TECH at the beginning of their company names. The official company name of ELIN Energieversorgung was changed into VA TECH ELIN GmbH & Co in September 1999.


Dissolution of Austrian Industries and foundation of the new holdings VA Technologie AG (in short: VA TECH) and VA Stahl AG. ELIN Energieversorgung belonged to VA TECH.

Initial public offering of VA Technologie AG with 51 % of its shares in May 1994.


100th anniversary of ELIN.


End of September 1989 but with effect from 31 December 1988 the operational activities of ELIN-Union Aktiengesellschaft are transferred to its successor companies, ELIN Energieanwendung GmbH and ELIN Energieversorgung GmbH.



ELIN -Union Aktiengesellschaft für elektrische Industrie became a subsidiary of the newly-founded Elektro- und Elektronik-Industrieholding AG.


Merger of ELIN with AEG-UNION which had incurred heavy losses. The company name was changed into ELIN-Union Aktiengesellschaft für elektrische Industrie.


The Austrian National Council passed a unanimous resolution to nationalise numerous key companies including ELIN.


ELIN was commissioned to electrify the railway line between Kufstein and Kitzbühel. Therefore ELIN Leitungsbau founded a new division for the construction of catenary systems.


The name of the company was changed into ELIN Aktiengesellschaft für Elektrische Industrie.


The Viennese Gesellschaft für elektrische Industrie was commissioned to build the railway line between Linz and Hiesendorf which was part of the first 110 kV line in Austria between Linz and Steyr. The HW (high-voltage lines for wide span systems) division was founded to carry out this first large-scale line construction order. This division was the origin of ELIN Leitungsbau.


After the Second World War Austria had no access to traditional raw materials. Due to the lack of coal and crude oil Austria intensified its use of hydropower.


The usual range of products was replaced by military orders. A division for missiles was founded in 1914. The company supplied the Austro-Hungarian navy with three-phase motors for submarines, switchgears and switchboards.


The Gesellschaft für elektrische Industrie took over the plant of Mr. Franz Pichler. Mr. Pichler was appointed managing director for a lifelong term.


The plant of Mr. Pichler was developed into an electrical plant. The Viennese Gesellschaft für elektrische Industrie became a silent partner.