Goals

ASFINAG is one of the most important infrastructure providers in Austria. The company builds, operates, maintains and collects tolls on 2,223 kilometres of motorways and expressways, enabling individual mobility for each and every person. Nearly 2,800 employees ensure well-developed, well-served roads and the highest level of road safety. For this purpose, ASFINAG invests around one billion euros annually, making it a reliable partner not only for its customers, but also for Austria as a business location. ASFINAG operates exclusively with the revenue from toll and vignette and receives no funds from the state budget.

Actively shape the future: realignment of ASFINAG’s strategy

Thanks to consistent further development, ASFINAG has achieved its strategic “Target 2020” from recent years – to be among the leading motorway operators in Europe. Therefore, a new strategy process was started in 2017 – target horizon: 2025 and beyond. The focus is particularly on the customers, i.e. all users of the ASFINAG road network. Securing economic independence with stable finances, positioning as an attractive employer and a clear commitment to sustainability, innovation and diversity remain key corporate goals.

Operation, construction and tolls remain core competencies. This also clearly expresses the new and, in 2017, simplified corporate mission for the coming years: “ASFINAG ensures safe and reliable mobility on Austrian motorways.”

By contrast, social and technological framework conditions are rapidly changing, characterised by trends such as digitalisation, changing mobility needs and alternative drive systems. Against this background, ASFINAG is aligning its strategy accordingly.

Employees:
The focus is on the further development of a corporate culture that is characterised by trust, communication and appreciation. The ASFINAG Diversity Programme launched in 2017 – including home office, an apprenticeship and parental leave initiative and gender focuses – is being expanded.

E-mobility and renewable energy:
In 2017, the foundation was laid for the comprehensive expansion of e-mobility on the ASFINAG network. A top range of modern charging stations will soon enable even greener mobility. E-vehicles are and will be an important part of the ASFINAG fleet. Over the next few years, ASFINAG will support the switch to alternative drive systems and will also increasingly push ahead with renewable energy sources for its own energy consumption.

Traffic safety as team work:
Austria’s motorways and expressways are among the safest in Europe. The number of accidents have remained at a consistently low level after dropping sharply. This also shows that ASFINAG is reaching its limits with its traffic safety measures. In the future, even greater cooperation between everyone involved – infrastructure managers and drivers – will be required to achieve the traffic safety goals set. This will be taken into account in the preparation of the new ASFINAG Road Safety Programme 2020+.

Networked modes of transport:
The need for mobility is increasing, as evidenced by the strong traffic growth on the ASFINAG network. The particular challenge in the future will be to keep traffic flowing. The aim of ASFINAG is therefore to establish more connections with public transport.

Digitalisation:
The onset of digitalization is increasingly affecting the motorway in different ways. With the highly successful Digital Vignette, ASFINAG offered its customers an innovative new toll product in 2017. Now it is time to push ahead with digitalisation for the benefit of both customers and the company – in terms of planning, construction, operation, conservation and traffic information services.

Automation:
In the field of “automated driving”, ASFINAG is expanding its position at the top of the European segment and, as an innovative partner to the automotive industry, offers a unique test environment on the A 2 South motorway.

Enable new infrastructure:
The approval procedures for large-scale new construction projects are becoming increasingly complex and protracted. The goal of ASFINAG in close cooperation with other large infrastructure companies: It needs extensive democratic opportunities for project opponents and strict environmental laws, but also a legal basis that guarantees acceptable decision and implementation deadlines and thus planning security.

As a sustainable highways operator, we want to actively shape the future and therefore promote the shift to alternative drive systems and the use of renewable energy sources. We are also facing major challenges in terms of the traffic flows of tomorrow. The need for mobility is increasing and it is only together with public transport that we can succeed in shaping the future of mobility for the benefit of people and the environment.

KARIN ZIPPERER

ASFINAG Executive Director