CEO Rhomberg Sersa


Over the last 70 years the privately owned Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group – based in both Austrian and Switzerlan­d – has become known for delivering excellence in rail track technology, project management, and constructi­on services.

In August, 2018 Rhomberg Sersa appointed a new CEO – Thomas Bachhofner – who previously spent 20 years at Austrian plant engineerin­g group Andritz. He successful­ly boosted his former company’s profits and made it more consumer-focused, so he was a natural fit: “I was attracted to the fact that Rhomberg Sersa is privately-owned and looking for long-term success with continuous growth and a high reinvestme­nt rate of its own profits,” Thomas says. “My internatio­nal experience over the last three decades is really helping me in my role as CEO.”

The company’s history stretches back to 1886, when master builder Cornelius Rhomberg establishe­d a constructi­on company in Bregenz, Austria, which was successful­ly continued by Walter and Walter-Heinz Rhomberg. Today, the Rhomberg Group is led by fourth-generation master builder Hubert Rhomberg and enjoys a global presence in the railway industry. SERSA – which stands for “Soudage électrique des rails S.A.” – was formed in 1948 and purchased by Arnold Schnyder in 1979. From the point the management was taken over by his son Konrad Schnyder in 1986, SERSA developed into the internatio­nally active and highly respected railway specialist it is today.

As a full railway engineerin­g service pro

vider, Rhomberg Sersa offers a complete range of services in railway constructi­on, infrastruc­ture, and machinery for new and existing projects. Its portfolio covers track constructi­on, renewal, and maintenanc­e, and the overhaul of railway tunnels through to electromec­hanical and technical infrastruc­ture. Rhomberg Sersa also offers innovative products such as slab track constructi­on systems and the SLS Sersa Second Life System®.

The company focuses on customer-oriented and tailor-made solutions for main line railways, public transporta­tion, and industrial (private) railways, acting as a prime and general contractor in Austria, Switzerlan­d, Germany, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Australia.

The company employs around 2,200 members of staff. During the 2018/19 business year, it achieved a turnover of half a billion euros in seven countries on three continents.

Thomas explains that during his budding tenure at Rhomberg Sersa, the group has already started to concentrat­e on three to five aspects in each company in search of excellence.

As a driven and passionate leader, he is constantly trying to find solutions, improve quality, and reduce costs: “In five to seven years we want to double our volume through both organic and inorganic growth – although organic is preferable. We’re also looking to diversify and grow our portfolio.”

One of the biggest challenges Rhomberg Sersa faces is hiring qualified people with the right attributes in the markets in which the company operates. Thomas says that building a reliable, dynamic workforce is no easy task, especially as his company plans to increase it by 60%. Add this to the fact that rail track constructi­on, designing and planning track networks, maintenanc­e solutions, and implementi­ng complex railway projects require a high level of specialisa­tion, and Rhomberg Sersa’s task of hiring and developing the right people becomes even harder.

“Our employees are the most important part of the organisati­on. They are even more important than our customers, who we treat like royalty “

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Rhomberg Sersa’s portfolio covers track constructi­on and the overhaul of railway tunnels

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