GROUPE Systra recorded a net income of k7m on turnover of k205?4m in 2006, up 20% on the previous calendar year. The engineering consultancy subsidiary of SNCF and RATP now employs around 1 300 people, and recorded ’favourable’ results at Systra SA, MVA in Britain and Asia, Systra Consulting in the USA and Sotec Ingenierie in France.Turnover at Canadian businesses Canarail was up 70% on 2005 thanks to Saudi Arabia’s north-south line project and demand from the African ore extraction industries. Systra SA’s turnover grew to k113?8m, driven by developments in the Middle East include the Dubai Metro as well as work in Iran, Bahrain and Algeria. The group’s European activity was stable, with growth in eastern Europe, and contracts have been awarded for large-scale projects in Korea, Indian and Pakistan.n