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Industry structure - construction market technical services and consultants

Technical consultants in infrastructure are dominated by major players. There is a large number of small consultancy firms but few medium-sized ones.

Technical services and consultants include a variety of competences in investment and maintenance activities, such as design, planning, investigation, project administration, site follow-up, various types of technical services and construction and project management.

The Swedish market is dominated by major players

In the Swedish market for technical services and consultants in infrastructure, major players such as Sweco, Afry, WSP, Tyréns, Ramboll and Cowi dominate. Many of the consulting services are also supplied by the contractors. There are consulting costs embedded in design and construct contracts. Peab, NCC and Implenia are the largest suppliers of consulting services among the contracting companies.

Sweco is the most dominant supplier in the Swedish Transport Administration and the tenderer that submitted the most tenders in the Swedish Transport Administration's procurements in 2020, followed by Afry and Tyréns. There is also a large number of small consultancy firms on the market but few medium-sized ones.

Interest in our procurements is increasing

In 2020, the Swedish Transport Administration's purchase volume for technical services and consultants amounted to SEK 8.7 billion in investment and maintenance operations. The volume was distributed among approximately 975 suppliers and organisations, large and small. The largest volumes can be found in the railway mode of transport. Interest in The Swedish Transport Administration's procurements has increased over the past year and the average number of tenders has developed in a positive direction from an average of 2.3 tenders in 2018 to 3.5 tenders in 2020.

The large consulting companies continue to grow through takeovers and they are broadening their operations to new geographical markets both nationally and internationally. The consulting companies are looking for new areas of expertise, such as the environment and sustainability, as well as digitalisation. The infrastructure consultancy market is international and several foreign consulting companies show interest in Sweden and the Nordic infrastructure market. This is true both of project design consultants and project management firms.

Technical services and consultants – roads

Sweco, Afry, WSP and Tyréns dominate. Suppliers that have increased their volumes recently are, for example, Ramboll and Norconsult.

Technical services and consultants – railway

Sweco, Afry, and WSP dominate, followed by Ramboll, Cowi, Bombardier, and Tyréns.