COPELOUZOS GROUP was founded in 1972 by Mr. Dimitrios Ch. Copelouzos. The initial activity was the manufacturing of buses in two industrial units located in the area of Thiva, 80 km from Athens. By the end of the 70’s the GROUP had supplied the Greek market with 30% of the urban buses used in Athens and 25% of all tourist and intercity buses of the country.
In 1975, COPELOUZOS GROUP developed alliances with international corporations active in the production of track vehicles and, at the same time, created the largest automobile retail chain in Greece.
In the late 70s, the GROUP invested and developed a network for the supply of excavation equipment, earthmovers and road rollers.
Over this decade, the GROUP expanded its activities in the area of electrification and signalling of railway networks, undertaking the first relevant project in Greece, the telecommunications of the Athens – Thessaloniki railway line for the Greek Railways Organization (OSE). Many similar large-scale projects have followed since then.
By the end of the 1970’s, the GROUP had already become active in the project management and construction of power plants for the PUBLIC POWER CORPORATION (PPC), a fact that set the foundations for the GROUP’s significant development in the energy sector. As a result, a number of Diesel – Hydroelectric – Combined Cycle – Lignite power plants were constructed for PPC during the following thirty years.
In 1991, PROMETHEUS GAS S.A. was founded, a joint company of GAZPROMEXPORT, 100% subsidiary of the energy conglomerate OAO GAZPROM, and COPELOUZOS GROUP. The main scope of PROMETHEUS GAS S.A. is the import and marketing of Russian natural gas.
Today, core business areas of the GROUP in the energy sector are the marketing of natural gas, the electricity production and trading and the renewable energy sources.
Moreover, significant activities of the GROUP are the project management of large scale energy projects (gas and oil transportation pipelines and power plants) and the supply of energy equipment (Generating Sets, Cogeneration equipment). The GROUP also owns two state-of-the-art industrial units for the production of polycrystalline silicon wafers, photovoltaic (PV) cells and PV modules.
Concessions constitute another important business sector of the GROUP, such as most significant the Athens Metropolitan Exhibition center, located near the Athens International Airport .
As for the Real Estate, the GROUP possesses a significant position, owning one of the largest companies in this sector in Greece.
The GROUP is also active in the provision of consulting services for important infrastructure projects, such as railway and road construction projects.
Apart from the above, the GROUP holds a strong and diversified portfolio of strategic investments, such as Infrastructure Projects, most important of them being the Athens International Airport and the Pulkovo Airport at St. Petersburg, Russia. Other companies of the Group are active in Project Management, Facility Management and Outdoor Advertising