Our history

Cegelec Défense has been providing its continuous expertise in integrating solutions and systems for major Defence and Security projects for over 50 years.

Video 50 Years of Cegelec Défense (1967-2017)

Find in the video below activities and history of Cegelec Défense

Chronology of Cegelec

  • 1913: Creation of Companie Générale d’Entreprises Electriques (CGEE) by Companie Générale d’Electricité (CGE) and contribution to the establishment of the French electrical network
  • 1967: CGEE is the European leader electrical company
  • 1971: CGEE is renamed CGEE-Alsthom, following CGE control sized by Société Générale d’Entreprises (Civil engineering, buildings, industrial works, electrical service), today VINCI
  • 1989:
    • Agreement between CGE and General Electric company and birth of GEC-Alsthom
    • CGEE-Alsthom name becomes Cegelec
  • 1996: With AEG-AAT purchase, Cegelec is implanted on Germany and Austria
  • 1998: Purchase of Cegelec by Alstom Rachat de Cegelec par Alstom.
  • 1999: Cegelec becomes Alstom Entreprise then Alstom Contracting
  • 20th July 2001: Alstom Contracting is purchased under LMBO (Leverage Management Buy-Out) by its management and employees, with the support of CDC IXIS Private Equity (Caisse des depots et consignations) and of Charterhouse Capital Partners under the name Cegelec.
  • In 2006, Cegelec is purchased by LBO France.
  • In October 2008, Qatari Diar group (specialised in urbanistic and real estate investment and detained at 100% by the Sovereign fund (Qatar Invesment Authority) of the State of Qatar, becomes majoritary stakeholder of Cegelec.
  • In April 2010, implementation of the strategic partnership between Qatari Diar and VINCI. Cegelec becomes a subsidiary of VINCI (100%). Birth of Cegelec Défense (under this name, related activities started in 1967).
  • 31st December 2013 Birth of Cegelec Défense as SMI with its own juridical status, subsidiary at 100% of VINCI Energies GSS