Making a real and lasting impact in central and eastern Europe

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B-Act Quantum Vintage acted as contract engineer for the construction of this school in Rzesz贸w, south eastern Poland.

Engineering consultancy group B-Act Quantum Vintage is making a difference with its work in central and eastern Europe, including in Ukraine. We spoke to the company鈥檚 CEO Adam Bia艂achowski about the challenges they have faced and his thoughts on the future.

Engineering consultancy group B-Act Quantum Vintage is making a difference with its work in central and eastern Europe, including in Ukraine. We spoke to the company鈥檚 CEO Adam Bia艂achowski about the challenges they have faced and his thoughts on the future.

B-Act/Vintage Consulting CEO Adam Bia艂achowski and his business partners Miron Klomfas and Jakub Bia艂achowski are forward-thinking industry professionals, keen to talk about and promote their company鈥檚 work and the difference it makes. Bia艂achowski has been involved as a volunteer representative with international engineering federation FIDIC since its annual conference in Seoul back in 2012 and this year the business is one of the sponsors of FIDIC鈥檚 latest Global Infrastructure Conference which takes place in Geneva this September.

So, why does he think FIDIC conferences are important for organisations like his? 鈥淭hey provide a great opportunity for companies like ours that are SMEs to interact with larger firms, increase their network and to have access to knowledge that wouldn鈥檛 be available to them otherwise,鈥 says Bia艂achowski. 鈥淭hey also offer us access to leading world professionals and enable us to meet them and learn from the networking opportunities we can tap into.

鈥淭he conference also gives a voice and a platform for companies like ours from a part of the world – central and eastern Europe – that isn鈥檛 heard of as much and gives us access to a global audience where we can talk about key issues like public procurement and price-based selection with key international players,鈥 he says.

B-Act Quantum Vintage focuses its work in central and eastern Europe, with main offices in Kiev, Bydgoszcz and Warsaw. Their main business is in Poland and they have engaged around 200 engineering professionals in Poland, Ukraine, Romania and the Baltic states and they also have an ongoing project in Brazil.

The construction of local road number 3396D in 艢widnica, south western Poland, is another project worked on by B-Act Quantum Vintage.

鈥淲e are mainly a supervision company providing consulting engineering services as an engineer under FIDIC contracts and we also have a division of contract administration and claims consulting,鈥 says Bia艂achowski. 鈥淲e started out in the water and wastewater sector 28 years ago and now we do everything 鈥 railways, roads, hydro-technical and energy,鈥 he explains.

Well placed to take advantage of new opportunities

The company is also keen to work in other areas and locations and is open to cooperating with global companies. Bia艂achowski hopes that the links that they can forge in Geneva at FIDIC鈥檚 annual global gathering will benefit his organisation and position it well to take advantage of future opportunities.

The firm鈥檚 work in Ukraine is already notable and being talked about in the industry. I put it to him that working in a conflict zone must have been challenging and difficult. 鈥淚t has certainly been challenging and for the first three months of the war it was a chaotic time with people concerned about security and the banking system closed off meant that we could not wire money in and out of the country,鈥 says Bia艂achowski. 鈥淭hings have stabilised since then and although it isn鈥檛 back to business as usual, the Ukrainian resolve is very strong and people are trying to do business as much as you are able in a conflict situation,鈥 he said.

A “matter of honour” to help people in Ukraine

So, how does he feel about working to help people in such a situation?
鈥淓specially at the beginning of the war, our Ukrainian employees were very resilient and wanted to continue to work despite the cash flow problems,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t was a matter of honour and a need to help people. We are involved in projects in the western side of Ukraine from Lviv to the Polish border, so certain bridges were of strategic importance to our clients and we provided the services not knowing what was going to happen. The credit for this should go to our local partners and to the Ukrainian professionals on site willing to take risks and to continue working,鈥 said Bia艂achowski.

Another B-Act Quantum Vintage project was the expansion of Opera Nova – IV Circle – in Bydgoszcz, northern Poland.

Looking to the future, what are his hopes and how does he see things shaping up? 鈥淲e have to be optimistic,鈥 he says. 鈥淲estern Europe, the European Union and America are putting money into the region where we work, whether this is military infrastructure or roads, and the central and eastern European region is being seen again as an important place to invest in going forward.

Central and eastern Europe – an important place to do business

鈥淭he prospect of a lot of loans and grants from the EU, the World Bank or the EBRD means that there will be more money coming into the region so potentially this could be a very interesting time for us as soon as the conflict stabilises. There will be much work to do and we are standing ready to assist,鈥 Bia艂achowski explains.

鈥淚 think that B-Act Quantum Vintage is well positioned, especially in the roads sector where we have been the number one consultant in that area with the largest portfolio of projects. Poland has always been a bridge between the west and the east because of its geographical location and its historical position. We understand Ukrainian and eastern culture but we also understand western culture, so I think we are a perfect fit to help international organisations that are willing to take the risk and start building their portfolio in the Ukraine.鈥

It’s clear that the insightful leadership of Adam Bia艂achowski, Miron Klomfas and Jakub Bia艂achowski, together with their company鈥檚 access to hard-working partners in the region, will see B-Act Quantum Vintage continuing to make an impact with the work that they do. They are certainly an organisation to watch with keen interest over the months and years ahead.

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