Colas is an ambitious, award-winning business, delivering sustainable solutions for the design, building and maintenance of the UK`s transport infrastructure. We have unrivalled expertise based not only on our long history, but also on the strength we derive from being part of the world-leading International Colas Group. The Group has excellent R&D facilities, giving us access to innovative new products, processes and ideas.
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- Automobile & Ground Transport
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- Globally (various continents)
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Colas is an ambitious, award-winning business, delivering sustainable solutions for the design, building and maintenance of the UK's transport infrastructure. We have unrivalled expertise based not only on our long history, but also on the strength we derive from being part of the world-leading International Colas Group. The Group has excellent R&D facilities, giving us access to innovative new products, processes and ideas.
We are very clear about our Vision, Mission and Values. We're growing our operations through intelligent solutions, excellent service and inspired people. We're working responsibly to provide sustainable solutions for our customers and our communities. And we possess the qualities in our people - their talent, passion and vision - to deliver excellence in everything we do.
In working for a sustainable future, Colas has important responsibilities towards our people and the communities in which we work. We also have competitive pressures, and recognise that our customers will demand ever-greater value from us.
Our approach to these challenges is to be an 'Intelligent Service Provider' for our customers. Not just to work harder, but to work smarter, together. This means we'll always aim to fully understand our customers' complex and difficult problems before we offer solutions. Through our R&D facilities, worldwide expertise and our own talented people, we'll source or create a sustainable and cost-effective solution - often unique - to precisely meet these needs. We'll then deliver the solution, ensuring we provide real value.
We're not offering quick fixes - our approach is all about helping our customers make the right choices and investments for long-term benefits.
Colas operates in an extremely competitive marketplace - in order to compete effectively we need a clear vision, a confident mission and strong values. And because we are a far-reaching, forward-looking company, we've put the principle of sustainability at the heart of our business. Our vision and mission reflect the responsible approach we take towards the environment, society and economy in which we work.
Deliver growth through intelligent infrastructure solutions, excellent service & inspired people.
We will provide sustainable solutions for our customers and our communities by:
- Working safely
- Understanding their needs
- Developing our people
- Innovative & intelligent engineering
Utilising the expertise of the International Colas Group.
Our values are behind everything we do and everything we stand for. They describe the qualities that have made us the company we are and will help us become the company we want to be. We have identified five values that describe our company and our people.
Safety is our first priority at all times. We look after the health and well-being of our people. We develop environmentally-friendly, sustainable solutions. We demonstrate legal, ethical and social responsibility
We nurture talent through training and career development. We encourage an 'ideas-driven' culture of creativity and initiative. We're helpful and friendly, professional and honourable.
We develop pioneering product and service solutions for our customers. We operate a policy of continuous development which generates innovative/unique ideas. We invest strongly in technology and R&D. We share expertise within the worldwide Colas Group.
We encourage long-term thinking - we're looking to the future, not just tomorrow. We develop long-term relationships with our stakeholders. We share knowledge and best practice.
Customer focus drives everything we do - they are the reason we're here. We're determined to deliver best practice and value at all times. We're prepared to take the extra step to make a difference.
Asphalt Cold Mix Ltd was established in 1922. The company then patented and introduced the Cold Spray process. In 1925 two English companies Asphalt Cold Mix Ltd merged with a company called Colas Mix Manufacturing Ltd to form Colas Product Ltd to supply the expanding market for bitumen emulsions for use on roads inGreat Britain,Northern Irelandand theIrish Free State
Initially sourcing lake asphalt fromTrinidad, the emulsion industry began to source petroleum based bitumen thanks to the British Refinery Development which formed after the war.
This process resulted in oil companies identifying opportunities to dispose distillation by-products. In 1929 Shell one of the major suppliers of oil, acquired the Colas Product Ltd trademark.
The Colas Group developed during the 20th Century under Shell and grew considerably due to the acquisitions and diversification which took place in the 1980's. In 1980, Shell Composites and Colas (UK) merged which marked a rapid expansion with the acquisition of the minority shareholding in the subsidiaries in the Republic of Ireland and Allmacadams Ltd, Kings Asphalt Ltd, Glossop Plc and Highland Bitumens Ltd. To accommodate this growth the Group underwent a further corporate reorganisation in 1985 resulting in the formation of two new companies Colas Roads Ltd and Colas Building Products Ltd. The acquisition of Prismo Ltd and their French associate Greggory SA, subsequently re-named Prosign followed in 1986. On January 1st 1987 Colas Products changed its name to Colas Holdings Ltd, Group turnover having grown from £38m in 1980 to £123m in 1986.
The constant organisational restructure and changes within Shell, had an immediate impact on the Colas group, the most significant of these changes resulted in Colas Ltd being founded on 11th September 1991. The core activities then, included emulsion production and road surfacing. In 1995 Colas Ltd entered the Colas SA Group.
Since 1995 Colas has steadily grown its business within various highway maintenance and civil engineering market sectors and currently manage and operate its business from various locations throughout theUK. Over twenty strategically located depots, quarries, contracting and production establishments allow the company to gain maximum coverage for its extensive range of activities.