SOURCE: Business Review Australia

May 31, 2011 14:19 ET

Downer Ups Efficiency Across the Board in Business Review Australia

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Business Review Australia takes a look at Downer New Zealand, a diverse organization that traces its 140-year roots back to the former New Zealand Ministry of Works, under which much of New Zealand's current infrastructure was developed. Established by respected engineer Arnold Fielder Downer in 1933 as Downer & Co., the company has seen various transformations over the years, moving from public to private, and undertaking over thirty mergers and acquisitions in just the last few decades.

For the better part of the 20th century, Downer operated as a construction, civil engineering and facilities maintenance company. However, through several mergers and acquisitions Downer has expanded its portfolio to offer asphalt production, bitumen supply and product manufacturing, quarrying, open space management, design, building and operation of water treatment plants, water services, wind farm construction, building and maintaining railways, and a full range of telecommunications services. The company even provides more obscure services, such as emergency Bailey bridge construction during flood events, possum and rabbit extermination, and a world-class avalanche monitoring and control program.

Downer is now striving to be a role model in efficiency across the board: in safety, business, and the environment.

To learn more about Downer New Zealand, read the full article.

About Downer New Zealand

Downer EDI Limited (Downer) is a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management services to customers operating in market sectors including Minerals & Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Road & Rail Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Water.

Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and employs over 21,000 people in Australia, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region and the United Kingdom.

At 31 December 2010, Downer had over $20 billion of work-in-hand.

Downer is committed to designing, constructing and maintaining the best solutions for its customers while focusing on the safety of its employees and the sustainability of the communities in which it operates. Downer is committed to its goal of Zero Harm.

Downer's business divisions work collaboratively to provide customers with tailored solutions.

About Business Review Australia

Business Review Australia is a leading digital media source of news and content for C-level executives focused on business and industry-specific news throughout Australia. Business Review Australia is the territory-dedicated arm of the White Digital Media Group. Founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Glen White, White Digital Media retains a diversified portfolio of websites, magazines, daily news feeds and weekly e-newsletters that leverage technology to innovatively deliver high-quality content, analytical data, and industry news. For more information, contact 1-760-827-7800 or visit http://www.businessreviewaustralia.com/.

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