All posts by Corentin

The electrical sub-station at Belgian wind farm Rentel

Offshore wind: Belgium’s Rentel farm will draw on STX France’s marine expertise

The electrical sub-station at Belgian wind farm RentelRentel has engaged STX France following a highly competitive Europe-wide bidding process. The orderfor a wind farm electrical substation that will be sited off the coast of Belgiumrepresents 280 000 hours of work for the Saint-Nazaire shipyard.

Historically, STX France is a shipbuilder, and indeed its order book is currently healthy thanks to several prime contracts for new vessels. But the difficulties the firm encountered a few years ago impelled the group to diversify.

Now its new-found expertise in the marine renewables places the company at the front line of the sector’s development in France—and is starting to bear fruit internationally. A Dong order to supply an English offshore wind farm, has now been followed by a similar project for Rentel, off the coast of Belgium.

STX France: new international success in offshore wind

These first practical results from the CERVO research project open up new prospects for surgery, and other applications are being evaluated. The success is also an illustration of the impressive potential of virtual reality in health care, industry, and business. The Pays de la Loire Region—host to the Clarté national research centre, the Laval Virtual business event and the Industrial Virtual Reality Centre—is once again confirmed as a sector pioneer…

Further information:

Trencher Tesmec Marais Technologies

Tesmec bolsters French fiber in Marais Technologies buyout

Trencher Tesmec Marais Technologies

The Italian group Tesmec recently acquired Marais Technologies, based in the Maine-et-Loire department in north-western France. The expanding Italian group has guaranteed that all local jobs will be preserved.

Fiber optics is a fast-growing technology. But laying the cables for these very high bandwidth connections to the internet takes a lot of work. This is where the cable-laying expertise of Marais Technologies comes into play, slicing its way through the tarmac to enhance telecom, electricity or gas networks.

Based at Durtal, between Angers and Le Mans, Marais Technologies turned over €26m. in 2013, around half in exports. The company employs more than 200 people. Represented on several continents, it has been bought-out by the Italian group Tesmec, a leading international network infrastructure company, in a deal worth an estimated €14m.

Group ambition

Founded in 1951, Tesmec has been pursuing a strategy of company buyouts for the last four years. The deal with Marais, which was facilitated by the Maine-et-Loire economic growth committee, encouraged the Italian group to improve its bid, whilst securing local jobs. And Tesmec’s guarantee of €5m. for the relaunch of its new French subsidiary is the icing on the cake.

Further information: