History

Driving innovation for more than 160 years

CNIM’s remarkable story as a pioneering industrial company began back in 1856. Today, that same commitment to creativity, expertise and innovation is shared by all of the Group’s 2,500 employees.

1856

1856

The Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée (FCM) shipbuilding company is founded in La Seyne-sur-Mer (France).

1859

1859

The first steampowered and propeller driven armored frigate is built.

1881

1881

The French Navy’s first submarine, Le Gymnote, is built.

1917

1917

The first French tanks are built.

1947

1947

A new type of very rapid pressure-rising boiler is patented, and fitted on all ocean liners built in La Seyne-sur-Mer.

1960

1960

Partnership with German firm Martin, which specializes in grates for waste combustion.

1965

1965

The incineration plant in Issy-les-Moulineaux is opened.

1966

1966

FCM is taken over by Herlicq Group. The company is renamed CNIM.

1967

1967

France’s first ballistic nuclear submarine, Le Redoutable, is launched, with its missile-launching system having been developed by CNIM.

1968

1968

The first mechanical escalator is produced for the Parisian public transport network (RATP).

1969

1969

The incineration plant in Ivry-sur-Seine is completed, equipped with two boiler furnaces each having a capacity of 50 tonnes/hour (the largest in the world at the time).

1975

1975

Equipment is manufactured for an incineration plant in Moscow.

1981

1981

CNIM is commissioned by the French Army to construct a motorized floating bridge.

1982

1982

CNIM is awarded its first contract for producing mechanical escalators for the Hong Kong subway network.

1987

1987

CNIM is tasked by the naval industrial group Direction des Constructions Navales to develop a new missile launch tube.

1987

1987

Listing on the Stock Exchange.

1989

1989

CNIM takes over the British company Babcock Enterprises, both specializing in industrial boilers.

1990

1990

CNIM takes over the Belgian group Wanson, specializing in industrial boilers.

1991

1991

CNIM wins the contract to build a waste incineration plant in south London.

2001

2001

CNIM takes over LAB SA, which specializes in flue-gas treatment.

2002

2002

CNIM takes over Alstom’s waste treatment division.

2003

2003

The military applications division of the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA-DAM) awards the CNIM-Bertin Technologies consortium the ‘Chamber Equipment and Integration’ contract for the Megajoule Laser project.

2003

2003

CNIM develops the SPRAT modular assault bridge (SPRAT: Système de Pose RApide de Travure – rapid bridge installation system).

2008

2008

The first prototype of the L-CAT® landing craft is unveiled. CNIM takes over Bertin Group.

2008

2008

Acquisition of Bertin and its subsidiaries

2011

2011

CNIM takes over Vecsys (voice technology expert) and IDPS, an institute that develops health products.

2012

2012

Contract for radial plates for the ITER nuclear fusion reactor.

2013

2013

CNIM acquires Geodur Recycling AG, which specializes in the treatment of ash and the recovery of metals.

2014

2014

CNIM’s principal shareholder, Soluni (the family-owned holding company), increases its stake in the group to 56.3%.

2014

2014

Acquisitions:
• JJSBF (over-the-counter medicines);
• INVEN (its cooling units and heat pumps business);
• Saphymo (equipment for monitoring levels of ionizing radiation).

2015

2015

• Creation of SUNCNIM.
• Takeover of AMI Software.

2016

2016

• Construction of Llo (France) solar thermodynamic power plant.
• Contracts for bottom ash treatment and ash metal recovery (Europe, USA).
• Disposal of Babcock Wanson.

2017

2017

• Acquisition of Exensor and Winlight (defense and big science).
• Sale of Bertin's pharma and biotech businesses.

2017

2017

Creation of CNIM MARTIN Pvt. Ltd. for energy-from-waste and -biomass in southern and south-east Asia.

2018

2018

Disposal of Bertin Ergonomie.

2019

2019

Acquisition of Cometal France and Airstar Aerospace, which becomes CNIM Air Space.