Fifty years ago, Jean-Claude Decaux invented bus shelter advertising and embarked on his street furniture activity in France then in Belgium, Portugal, Germany...
Thirty five years later, in 1999, JCDecaux acquired Avenir, a subsidiary of Havas Media. This acquisition led the Group to incorporate a new activity: transport advertising, a high-potential sector given city dwellers’ increasingly mobile lifestyles.
The Group began to expand into Asia Pacific by taking over contracts managed by former Avenir subsidiaries Sky Sites and Pearl & Dean. With this, JCDecaux brought its advertising installations to Macau Airport and to Hong Kong's airport and underground stations.
Its expansion in China picked up pace in 2005 with the signature of a joint venture with the company that operated Shanghai Airport's advertising spaces and the acquisition of two local companies, MNI and MPI, which gave JCDecaux a presence in many Chinese underground and bus stations.
For the first time, JCDecaux established a foothold in a new country thanks to transport advertising rather than the installation of street furniture. Today, it manages advertising activity in 11 airports and more than 30 underground lines in Asia.
In 2007, another transport contract saw JCDecaux establish operations at Dubai Airport and launch its development in the Middle East.
In 2014, the Group manages advertising concessions in more than 145 airports with a global audience of 1.5 billion passengers per year. It is also present in more than 271 transport (bus, station and underground) concessions.
In each of these areas, JCDecaux offers passengers a new experience and spectacular displays.
Los Angeles International Airport boasts two interactive platforms: the Time Tower, a 21-metre-high four-sided screen, and “Welcome to Los Angeles”, a 280 m² video wall which broadcasts news and entertainment for passengers in transit. At Dubai Airport, JCDecaux boasts the world's largest interior backlit display, with a surface area of 174 m² and a place in the Guinness Book of Records. At Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, a 39 m² screen suspended at the centre of Terminal 2E is another of its technological feats, offering brands unique visibility within the airport.
The Group also offers large-scale communication installations in train and underground stations. In 2014, at London's Waterloo station, through which eight million passengers travel every month, JCDecaux inaugurated the UK's largest advertising screen. As well as advertising, this high-definition medium, which covers the length of the hall, broadcasts real-time traffic information and a Twitter feed for passenger interaction. In Latin America, announcers are given the opportunity to decorate Santiago de Chile's underground stations and brand its trains as well as appearing on digital and interactive furniture to give passengers an immersive advertising experience.