EcoRodovias was founded in 1997 by Primav Construções e Comércio Ltda, a Grupo CR Almeida company with 50 years of experience in the heavy construction sector, including major infrastructure projects in Brazil. In 1998, Ecovias dos Imigrantes, and later, in 2002, EcoRodovias, entered into strategic partnerships with European firm Impregilo International N.V., a subsidiary of Grupo Impregilo S.p.A, Italy’s largest publicly held construction company, by means of equity investments.
Since 1997, when it began operations as a highway concessionaire, the company has prioritized the management of import-export corridors, as well as highways serving major tourism destinations. The company’s first experience focused on that strategy came that same year when the group took over control of Ecovia Caminho do Mar, a concessionaire that manages 176 kilometers of highway between the capital of Paraná State and the Port of Paranaguá. In 1998, EcoRodovias gained two additional concessions: Ecovias dos Imigrantes, which operates the main route connecting the São Paulo Metropolitan Region and the Port of Santos, the Cubatão Petrochemical Pole and the beaches of the Baixada Santista region; and Ecosul, a concessionaire that manages the Pelotas Highway Pole, in Rio Grande do Sul State, access to the Port of Rio Grande, and that state’s coastal region.
In 1999, the group took another important step toward consolidating the infrastructure sector when it began construction of the descending lane of the Imigrantes Highway, a project that had been on hold since the 1970s and which Ecovias was able to complete faster than anticipated. Because of the modern environmental management technologies deployed, the project was recognized as noteworthy by the Inter-American Development Bank. The new stretch was delivered in December of 2002.
The experience developed with the first concessions was decisive for the acquisition, in 2007, of Ecocataratas, the company that manages BR 277, from Guarapuava to Foz do Iguaçu, giving access to Mercosur and the tourist region of Foz do Iguaçu; and for winning the bid that entitled it to operate the Ayrton Senna/Carvalho Pinto corridor, in 2009, through Ecopistas, which connects São Paulo city to the Vale do Paraíba region, the north coast resorts and the Port of São Sebastião.
In Espírito Santo, Eco101, the Group’s newest concessionaire, manages the BR-101 stretch connecting Rio de Janeiro to the intersection that gives access to Mucuri, in Bahia.
In 2003, EcoRodovias began preparing itself to become a publicly-held company and trade shares on the Stock Exchange. In addition to the registration in the Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) and on the Bovespa, the group launched a corporate governance project that prepared the company for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in April 2010, with admission to the Novo Mercado.
It began operating in the logistics segment in 2006, with the creation of Ecopátio Cubatão, and began Ecopátio Imigrantes works in 2007. In 2010, the company’s strategy was reinforced by the acquisition, through Elog, the group’s logistics arm, of part of the Colúmbia group’s operations.
The Group began operating in the port area in 2012, with the acquisition of the former Tecondi Complex, at the time, the third largest container terminal in the Port of Santos and the fifth largest in Brazil. In the following year, proceeding with the integration of the companies, the Complex changed its name to Ecoporto Santos.
Nowadays, EcoRodovias is of the main logistics infrastructure companies in Brazil, with around 6,000 employees, six highway concessions, 14 logistics centers and a port terminal, and operations in four states in the South and Southeast regions.