1 February 2010

Following the successful integration with its parent company in 2007, Opus Qantec McWilliam has now been renamed as Opus International Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd. This change will strengthen the Opus brand internationally, and will help to further build its reputation as a successful professional services consultancy, providing a diverse range of engineering services.

The history of Qantec McWilliam began in the 1920s with two entrepreneurial engineers Bill Reinhold and Russell McWilliam. Although there will be a name change from 1 February 2010, which will mean all of the Australian businesses will carry the “Opus” brand, the business will continue the legacy established by its pioneers over the past 87 years.

Opus has implemented an aggressive business growth strategy over the last five years.  This has seen it expand offshore, making complementary acquisitions in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. The company now employs around 2,300 people in four countries, working on built and natural environment projects in the transportation, building, infrastructure and water sectors.

Opus Chief Executive, Dr Kevin Thompson, commented: “The Opus brand exemplifies the company’s client focused culture driven by our commitment to excellent service delivery and strong client relationships. This move to the global brand demonstrates the success of the integration of the Qantec McWilliam group with Opus, and the strength of the unified company.”

“It has undoubtedly been a challenging past 12 months for engineering consultancies, and we see the asset development business increasing slowly, but our growth will come from asset management services which are a major component of our business throughout the world. This will be underpinned by an expected conversion of government funding from new projects, to the need to better maintain or replace the nation’s existing infrastructure assets, which in many cases have reached the end of their economic life,” said Kevin Thompson.

Melvyn Maylin, Opus General Manager for Australia, anticipates growth in its Australian operations will be largely driven by growth of its asset management business, and says in Queensland particularly, this trend is accelerating. “We have been working recently with a number of regional councils in undertaking detailed asset data and condition surveys, to provide registers of council-owned assets and in some cases, this extends to identifying repair needs and ongoing maintenance schedules.”

Kevin Thompson added that the company’s strategic plan to expand the Opus business in Australia, the UK and Canada was really about a focus on first world markets, where Opus’ unique experience in asset management would add real value to asset owners, and provide an introduction to our built and natural environment design capabilities.

For more information please contact:-

Chrystal Courtice
Opus International Consultants
Business Development and Communications Manager
Tel: 61 7 3007 8142
Email: Chrystal.Courtice@opus.com.au