Hamon & Cie International SA: John Cockerill strengthens its offer by integrating Hamon’s “Cooling” activities
In accordance with its industrial plan, John Cockerill acquired this week the “Cooling” activities of the Hamon Group in Belgium, France and Spain. It is thus expanding its portfolio of technologies dedicated in particular to low-carbon energy and responsible industry. It is also developing its presence in the Paris region and in Spain. Through this operation, John Cockerill is preserving some 270 highly qualified jobs and keeping strategic activities for European industry and energy under European control.
This acquisition concerns the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and maintenance of water cooling or steam condensation systems for power plants, particularly nuclear ones, or industrial processes (chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, stationery, sugar, etc.). This scope represents an annual turnover of around 100 million euros and is carried out by around 30 people in Mont-Saint-Guibert (Belgium), 120 in Île-de-France and Center – Val de Loire (France) and 120 in Madrid (Spain).
François Michel, CEO of John Cockerill: “We are very pleased to contribute, through this acquisition, to the strengthening of strategic activities that contribute to Europe’s energy and industrial sovereignty, such as the design and installation of cooling towers for nuclear power plants. This operation is perfectly in line with our desire to strengthen our roots in European territories, with our ambition to expand our portfolio of technological solutions to decarbonize the economy, with our societal commitment and with our DNA as an entrepreneur bringing opportunities. .”
Stéphane Vandepoortaele, President of John Cockerill Hamon: “We are delighted to join John Cockerill and confident in the future of our employees and our company. The John Cockerill group, with its activities, markets, customers and mindset very similar to ours, is indeed fertile ground for our future success. I am therefore delighted that our industrial adventure can continue in this new environment.”
José-Antonio Llamas, President of Esindus: “For the Madrid teams that I represent, this integration with John Cockerill is excellent news. We are proud to become John Cockerill’s largest operation in Spain and look forward to contributing to the development of the Group not only in Spain but also in Latin America.”
Beyond this specific operation, John Cockerill intends to pursue its developments in cooling technologies and related services. This growth will of course rely on the teams in place in the acquired businesses.