She accelerates. A new shareholder, weight, new products more affordable for the public sector… The year 2018 looks promising for IES Synergy, an SME of Montpellier specialized in the electric power, used in the rapid charging. In five years, the small company, majority-owned by Eurazeo, has doubled its turnover, to € 24 million, and its staff to 125 employees.
In January, Nexans took 27.8% of the share capital of IES for, according to our sources, several tens of millions of euros. “The funds raised will enable HEIS to develop its market potential, expand its product range and strengthen its international presence “, explained by the cable manufacturer. As of this year, 25 people should be recruited.
A recharge much faster batteries
IES already has subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and China, at the heart of the three largest automotive markets in the world. Why Nexans is there a ticket that is so important in this SME ? In 25 years, the small company has established itself as the world specialist of the transformation of the alternating current, that given by EDF, in the current necessary for the recharge of batteries of electric vehicles. And this, by means of a sealed housing miniaturized. The bulk of car manufacturers of the planet is already working with it, including using its chargers in its research centres.
Historically, the company has focused on the chargers internal electric vehicles, relatively low power. The Twizy Renault, for example, is equipped. Since then, IES has developed chargers, external up to 100 kW, which allows a recharge much faster batteries. In 2012, the SME provides the chargers external of BMW, GM, or even chinese groups, and two years later, she team of the stables of Formula E.