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Socotec is a global provider of services to businesses and local authorities, contributing to the optimisation of their performance by controlling the risks inherent in their activities. With consolidated sales of EUR656 million (2017 pro forma), a network of 200 establishments in France and a presence in more than 40 countries, the group is a major player in risk prevention consultancy.

Development of certification services in Europe and in Asia

On 19 December 2012, Socotec acquired Certification International Ltd, a provider of management system certification services active in Europe and Asia through 6 subsidiaries and 11 agents, and operating a network of 500 auditors and experts.

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Formed from Bureau Sécuritas which was historically France’s leading building inspection organisation, Socotec was established in 1953. The Group has always been a leader in France in the construction market, and has developed its skills and activities in the equipment, property, industrial, tertiary and local authority markets, in five areas: Inspection, Technical support, Consultancy, Training and Certification. Within the industrial sector, Socotec delivers technical support and quality monitoring services to industrial projects in the nuclear and oil & gas sectors.

Succesfull diversification through acquisitions

Socotec has diversified its activities through selected acquisitions in the energy sector with the acquisition of CTE Nordtest in 2010 providing non-destructive testing in the nuclear sector.

In July 2012,  Socotec acquired the Group of companies Sica, Bellême and Kmil which focus on quality control in the oil & gas and energy sectors. They bring to Socotec a worldwide network of inspectors with locations in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Singapore, China, the United States, Argentina and Nigeria.

In December 2012, Socotec developed its certification services in Europe and in Asia with the acquisition of the UK company Certification International Ltd.

Majority shareholder

Cobepa acquired a majority stake in the group through an LBO in February 2013 alongside the fund Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI) and Management and employees.

Cobepa S.A.

Cobepa S.A.
Rue de la Chancellerie 2, box 1
1000 Brussels
+ 32 2 213 32 10
+ 32 2 513 17 02

Cobepa North America Inc.

Cobepa North America Inc.
Tower 49
12 East 49th Street
New York, NY 10017
United States
+1 (646) 679 5177

Ibel Beteiligungsberatung GmbH (Member of Cobepa Group)

Ibel Beteiligungsberatung GmbH
Theresienstrasse 1
80333 München
+32 2 213 32 10