22 April 1922

Joseph Siat, engineer, founds the company in Benfeld under the name of the Société des Ateliers de Constructions Électromécaniques du Bas-Rhin (Lower Rhine Electro-Mechanical Manufacturing company). The company manufactures switches, fuse links, fuses, bells, rotisseries and sheet metal or lacquered cardboard bridging boxes.

1945

Death of Joseph Siat. His two sons take over the company, with Pierre in charge of production and Maurice in charge of sales and administration. The company starts to manufacture more specific equipment: changeover switches, transformers, rheostat-regulators and high breaking capacity fuse links.

1948

The company abandons the piecework bonus system in favour of a group bonus. This social innovation, a first in France, gets the full backing of the workforce, now numbering 60 people. The first Works Council is created.

1953

The Société des Ateliers de Constructions Électromécaniques du Bas-Rhin changes its name to Socomec. Social development mirrors technological progress; from 1955 onwards Socomec applies law that links the profit-sharing to gains in productivity. A trade union section is created.

1960

With over 150 employees, Socomec increasingly manufactures products for industrial switchgear purposes: cabinets, switchboards, control consoles, etc. The first integrated sales office opens in Paris.

 

1968

The “Electronics” division is launched.
The company begins to market high power UPS in partnership with a Swiss manufacturer. A “profit-sharing contract”is signed with employees.

 

1970

A new production plant is set up regrouping the mounting, warehousing and cutting workshops. The workforce now numbers 200.

1972

The company is computerised. The first internally designed Socomec UPS are developed in the same year.

1974

A subsidiary in Belgium is set up. The SIRCO switch is developed. It will become the power house behind the company's commercial development.

1977

Pierre SIAT, company chairman, retires. His post is taken over by his brother Maurice.

1978

The “Turbine” division starts up, producing turbogenerators.

 

1979

Socomec with its power testing lab is a founding member of ASEFA (Association of French Electrical Switchgear Testing Stations), and is accredited by the National Testing Network (RNE - Réseau National d'Essais).

1982

New factory set up in Huttenheim, specifically for UPS production.
Under the management of Bernard Steyert, Benoît Siat and Jacques Siat (Joseph Siat's 3 grandsons) the company continues to develop.
The company obtains the first product certifications: RAQ 3 (armed forces certification) in 1984 for the new range of A2S 80 UPS; later RAQ in 1987 for the A2S 92 range.

 

1987

The “Turbine” division is closed. CAD systems begin to be widely employed.

1989

Bernard Steyert becomes company Chairman.
The company starts to play the role of cultural sponsor. From 1991 onwards the company's workshops open their doors to concerts and art exhibitions to foster the development of new ideas and initiatives.

1992

Two subsidiaries in Germany and one in Spain are opened, as well as a sales office in Kuala Lumpur.
Tomi Ungerer takes part in the celebrations of the company's 70th anniversary.

Launch of the multi-function meter DIRIS, which will become a market standard.

 

1993

UK subsidiary opens.

 

1994

The company commits itself to further improvement, implementing the "Working Better Together" training policy for all personnel. A concrete initiative: the personnel can invest in the company's capital.
The entire switchgear activity is ISO 9002 certified, while the UPS business launches the first IGBT 400 kVA on the market and clinches a historic deal to equip the Charles-de-Gaulle nuclear aircraft carrier with frequency converters.

1995

Italian subsidiary for switchgear activity opens. The UPS division is awarded ISO 9001 certification. Taking pride in its values, company management produces the company charter.

 

1996

Industrial organisation is restructured. Manufacturing processes begin using the “just-in-time” (JIT) methodology with autonomous working units.
Socomec is voted champion of industrial growth by the trade magazine Usine Nouvelle. A subsidiary is opened in Thailand and a sales office is opened in China.

 

1997

A second subsidiary is opened in the UK.

New information technology firmly establishes itself in the company. Socomec changes from centralised IT structure to a network architecture.
A lunch and debate on the subject of the Euro are organised in the presence of Jean Arthuis, the French Minister of Finances and the Economy.
Socomec wins the top regional prize for exports.

1998

Italian partner Sicon (low power UPS specialists) merges with the group. After seven years of profitable partnership both companies decide to face their destiny together.
The group's presence is further enhanced with the integration of subsidiaries in Slovenia and Singapore. The Kuala Lumpur Sicon's sales office closes and relocates to Bangkok.
Socomec wins the regional prize for innovation awarded by the French institute for industrial property.

 

1999

Socomec opens further subsidiaries in India and Argentina. The UPS production plant is extended by 5300 m2. The group opens its first internet site.

2000

The test laboratory is extended and equipped with a turbo-alternator that enables the platform to achieve short circuits of 100 kA. The laboratory becomes the second largest electric power test facility in France.
Launch of the DELPHYS DS UPS (80 to 200 kVA), which sets a new standard on the market.
The company introduces the 35-hour working week.

 

2001

Launch of the new range of MODULYS modular UPS systems (1.5 to 24 kVA).

 

2002

Work starts on the building of a 5,200 m2 production plant in Tunisia

Creation of a new subsidiary in the Netherlands.

2003

Launch of ATYS, a whole new concept in modular switches that positions Socomec as one of the leaders in the field.
Both businesses are ISO 9001 version 2000 certified. A sales office is opened in China.
The Board of Directors of Socomec SA welcomes three external administrators.

2004

The UPS business almost completely renews its offer with the launch of the new range of MASTERYS (8 to 90 kVA) and DELPHYS MX (250 to 500 kVA) systems.
Socomec receives the prize for excellence following a survey by Frost & Sullivan of customer service provided by the top 13 manufacturers of UPS systems in the world.
Creation of a sales subsidiary in India and in Spain.

 

2005

Opening of a sales office in Moscow and creation of a sales subsidiary in China.

2006

In order to assure a solid future for all Socomec’s European staff and in order to improve the group's international competitive edge, Socomec orients its industrial organisation into centres of excellence. A 6000 m2 European logistics platform is opened in Alsace, France and work starts to build a new factory in Italy.

A sales office is opened in Dubai and Portugal. Subsidiaries are set up in China and Thailand.

Socomec UPS receives the 2006 prize for innovation awarded by Frost and Sullivan.

2007

The Socomec Group celebrates its 85th anniversary, using the occasion to unveil its revamped logo. A joint venture is established in China for the local production of small switches.
Launch of the first range of online double conversion UPS systems from 120 to 200 kVA, with the best performance on the market: 96% certified.
A new range of manually-controlled multi-pole modular and scalable switch-disconnectors is launched: SIRCO M & SIRCO MV.

2008

With the integration of French company TCT, the Socomec Group acquires new, cutting-edge expertise in the magnetics field.
While the UPS division is launching its new "Green Power" ranges, the Switchgear division receives the JANUS industrial design award for its range of S-type handles.
A new subsidiary is set up in Boston.
The Tunisian production site receives ISO 9001 v2000 certification.
As a corporate citizen, Socomec becomes patron of the restoration work carried out on the windows of Strasbourg cathedral.

2009

A new UPS production unit opens in Shanghai to service the Chinese market.
Subsidiaries are set up in Australia, Slovenia, the US and in Vietnam.
Socomec UPS's Alsace and Italian sites receive ISO14001 certification.

A new business division is set up within the group to respond to a changing photovoltaic market: Socomec Solar. An initial offering of solar UPS systems from 2 to 200 kW is marketed.

2010

A subsidiary is opened in Romania.
At 44 years of age, Ivan Steyert is appointed Chairman of the Socomec Group, replacing Bernard Steyert. He sets out a vision for a more responsible, open and committed group.
The group's Italian factory acquires a state-of-the-art photovoltaic installation to test its solar UPS output and reduce its energy consumption. A concrete example of the company's commitment to sustainable development.
One of the high points of Socomec's major development in Asia, and particularly in China, is its involvement in the Shanghai universal exhibition…
Launch of the Delphys MX 800 and 900 kVA range, the most compact UPS on the market for these on-line double conversion power ratings.
Socomec continues its role as cultural sponsor, contributing to the University of Strasbourg Foundation for the creation of a Chair in Creativity Management.

2011

Launch of the Energy Efficiency offering.
Winner of the 2011 "Sole Owner and Family-Owned Company" prize.

2012

Launch of the new range of Green Power 2.0 UPS.
Socomec UPS wins the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Innovation Award for the best technology implemented in its Green Power range.

2014

Inauguration of the industrial and logistics centre (CIL), showcasing Socomec's expertise in energy-efficient "smart" buildings.
The company's "Learning Center" opens in Benfeld.
Socomec signs the Diversity Charter, against discrimination and for equal opportunities.
Socomec joins "Electriciens sans frontières", offering its expertise to communities that do not yet have access to electricity.
The company is awarded the Happy Trainees label.

2015

Inauguration of the new Tesla Power Lab.
The Group issues its first carbon footprint report.
A commercial office is opened in Côte d'Ivoire.

2016

Swiss company UPS Technologies merges with the SOCOMEC Group.
Italian company ALGODUE merges with the Socomec Group.
Socomec starts on a new wave of corporate sponsorship with the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar.
The company receives a new Frost & Sullivan award for the technology implemented in our UPS equipment.
Socomec receives the "Alsace Excellence" label awarded by the Access Alsace Office.
Socomec becomes a member of the GEM Foundation research chair on the energy transition.
Socomec participates in the second "Hacking Industry Camp" in Strasbourg and receives 5 awards.
Socomec joins the Mulhouse “Club des locomotives du KM0” that favours digital transformation in the service of the energy transition, and supports the “Industry of the Future” candidacy of French Tech.
Socomec signs a partnership with the charity association “Our neighbourhoods have got talent”.
Socomec achieves Ecovadis Gold Recognition Level for the performance of its Sustainable Development Policy (5% of companies evaluated).
Socomec signs the “Responsible Supplier Relations” charter.
A commercial office is opened in Algeria.
The Huttenheim production site obtains ISO 50 001 certification.