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Our history

  • 2023

    Coelme obtains validation of the EPD for the TCB for e-Distribuzione

  • 2021

    New UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001 and UNI EN ISO 45001 certifications

  • Technical validation of VSV from SNCF Réseau as single-pole circuit breaker

  • VSV-D (25kV-2500A) circuit breaker version is validated by SNCF Réseau.
    VSV switcher is validated by INFRABEL (Belgium).
    First installation of VSV switcher on INFRABEL network.

  • VSV switcher is validated by ENERGEL OY (Finland)

  • 2020

    VSV version -50°C +40°C available

  • 2019

    Success in performing the Short Time Current Test 80kAx1s for the earthing switch

  • Achievement of ISO 45001

  • 2018


  • 2017

    Coelme obtains the revalidation of NoCC 1096, 1097 & 1098

  • First autonomous operating mechanism installed in Italy

  • COELME has obtained the highest financial reliability index "CRIBIS PRIME COMPANY"

  • 2015

    19.12.2015 40th year anniversary of Coelme

  • COELME has obtained the highest financial reliability index "CRIBIS PRIME COMPANY"

  • 2014

    Circuit switcher LSH-CSH

  • Project Fusion For Energy

  • 21.04.2014: 10th year anniversary inside SSL Group

  • 2012

    First supply of HV direct current 800 kVdc disconnectors for “North-East Agra” project

  • 2011

    Success in extreme temperature test (-70 °C) for CD motor operating mechanisms

  • Success in extreme temperature test (-60 °C) for CBD, SLOB and VR2D disconnectors

  • Attainment of FINGRID homologation (Finland)

  • Attainment of BELENERGO-GOST homologation (Belarus)

  • 2010

    ENERGOPOMIAR certification (Poland)

  • Attainment of ENERGOCERT-GOST homologation (Russia)

  • First VSV (AC catenary switcher) installed in Cherbourg

  • Attainment of OH SAS 18001:2007 certification

  • Establishment of COELMEgic China

  • 2009

    Attainment of CADAFE homologation (Venezuela)

  • New UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 and UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certifications

  • RTE certification for disconnectors up to 420 kV

  • 2007

    Acquisition of STROM (Mexico) and establishment of COELMEgic Mexico

  • 2006

    First order for 800 kVac supplied to the Indian market

  • First supply of load switchers

  • Acquisition by Egic of the new headquarters (offices and facilities) in Villeurbanne, France

  • 2005

    Establishment of the Power Switching Division, development and application of vacuum and SF6 technology

  • 2004

    Acquisition by Southern States and establishment of High Voltage Switching European Branch (HVSEB)

  • First supply of composite insulators

  • 2003

    New UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certification.
    UNI EN ISO 14001:1996 certification

  • 2001

    Attainment of CFE homologation (Mexico)

  • New 550 kV vertical-break SLOB disconnector

  • Establishment of VAS, a joint venture between Schneider High Voltage and VaTech (Austria).
    Establishment of Disconnector Business Unit between COELME and EGIC

2001 January 01
COELME and EGIC merge

  • 2000

    Supply of HV direct current 420 kVdc disconnectors for “Galatina (ITALIA) – Araktos (GRECIA)” power connection project

  • 1999

    New ENEL homologation of disconnectors for transmission up to 420 kV

  • 1998

    FBM manufacturing (25 kV switcher for the railway sector)

  • 1997

    First order for 550 kV disconnectors

  • 1995

    ENEL homologation of disconnectors for 420 kV transmission

  • 1994

    UNI EN ISO 9001:1994 certification

  • 1994

    Acquisition of Merlin Gerin Group by Schneider Electric Group

  • 1993

    Acquisition of COELME by Schneider Electric Group

  • 1992

    Supply of HV direct current disconnectors for “SACOI-2” power connection project

  • 1989

    First order for 18,300 A - 24 kV busbars

  • 1988

    Beginning of busbar-related activities

  • 1986

    ENEL homologation of disconnectors for 145 kV distribution

  • 1985

    COELME’s headquarters and factory were moved to Santa Maria di Sala, a small town in the industrial hub connecting the provinces of Treviso, Venice and Padua, Italy

  • 1982

    First geothermal order for "Planta Geotermoeléctrica Momotombo" in Nicaragua

  • 1979

    First order for HV disconnectors

  • 1979

    First 800 kV, 6,300 A knee-type disconnector

  • 1978

    First order for substation connectors

  • 1976

    First order for overhead line fittings

  • 1975

    Establishment of COELME based in Vigodarzere (PD), Italy.
    The first COELME products were overhead line fittings and substation connectors. The design of MV and HV disconnectors started as soon as the Company was established

  • 1972

    First order for 550 kV products

  • 1966

    First supply of 7 kV, 8,000 A disconnectors for “La Rancetidal” plant (240 MW)

  • 1965

    Acquisition of EGIC by Merlin Gerin Group

  • 1957

    EGIC’s premises were moved to Chemin de la Mouche (Saint-Genis-Laval), on the southern outskirts of Lyon, France

  • 1950

    Establishment of EGIC in Villeurbanne, on the eastern outskirts of Lyon, France