Mota-Engil began operating in Brazil in 2009, through its subsidiary Ascendi. In partnership with the Brazilian group Bertin, it was awarded, through a public tender, the 30 year concession of the East Corridor of the Marechal Rondon Motorway.
The contract with the State of S. Paulo, signed in April that year, created the Concessionaire of the Tiete Roadways, involving the management of 406 kilometres of roadways and access ways, connecting 25 municipalities in the State of São Paulo.
In the period that followed, Mota-Engil has analyzed various scenarios for the establishment of partnerships with Brazilian companies, and in late 2012 it acquired a 50% stake in ECB, Empresa Construtora do Brasil, a mining construction company with nearly 70 years of activity, held by the Rezende family since its inception in 1945, and with long history of success and rigor in the construction of road and rail infrastructures in Brazil.
More recently, Mota-Engil also extended its activity to the Environment and Services fields through a partnership with the Brazilian company Consita.