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SDMO diesel-generator

SDMO is an industrial French company based in Brest, specializing in the manufacturing of generating sets. SDMO is the leading manufacturer of generating sets in the European market and is the 3rd largest worldwide.


SDMO has a total workforce of around 850 employees at all its sites, most of whom work in Brest, France and 70% of its sales are in the export market.


  • 1966: Creation of SDMO in Brest by the Meunier Group, a large local industrial family, managed by Guy Coisnon. At the time, SDMO (Société de Distribution des Moteurs de l’Ouest) specialised in the manufacture of marine engines.
  • 1969, SDMO Industries moves towards the manufacture of generating sets. It gradually phases out the production of marine engines to focus on the design and manufacture of generating sets.
  • From 1970 to 1985, SDMO sets up agencies nationwide, and signs its first contract in Africa.
  • 1986, EDF Electricité de France introduces the EJP tariff. This step reduces the cost of electricity during peak demand, enabling SDMO to further establish its reputation in the French market and to significantly increase sales. It then widens its presence in Europe.
  • In the early 1990s, SDMO sets up branches in Spain and England and then Singapore.
  • 1995, the company sets up a new plant and offices of 15,000 m² in Guipavas, near Brest.
  • 2001: three subsidiaries are opened in Argentina, Brazil and the United-States and a representative office is set up in Algeria.
  • 2003: a subsidiary is set up in Belgium
  • 2005: a subsidiary is set up in Nigeria
  • 2006: a representative office is set up in Dubai
  • 2007: two new offices are set up in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Moscow (Russia).
  • 2005, the Meunier family sells SDMO, as well as two other companies – SOREEL and BES – to the KOHLER Co. Group, an American family-owned multinational company, whose division Kohler Power System also designs and manufactures generating sets. Jean-Marie Soula is appointed as manager.
  • 2006: KOHLER divides up the geographical marketing zones between SDMO and KPS to avoid any competition between the two brands. SDMO covers Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America. KOHLER retains North America, Asia and Oceania.
  • 2010: a subsidiary is set up in Germany and a 15,000 m² expansion of the existing production site in Guipavas is under construction, due to open at the end of 2011.
  • 2013: the group acquired a new subsidiary in Brazil - former name Maquigeral

Business activity[edit]

The standard SDMO product range includes several different categories of generating sets, designed for a variety of target customers and applications:

  • Low power generating sets, welding sets and motor pumps for the general public and professional builders.
  • Standby generating sets for single dwellings and small multi-occupancy buildings.
  • Standard configurable generating sets, medium to high power. They are used for continuous or standby power supply. They are mainly used for shopping centers, data centers, offshore platforms, telecommunications installations, etc.
  • Generating sets for rental companies.

In addition to its standard product ranges, generating sets from 0.9 to 3,300 kW, SDMO provides services such as tailor-made genset design and mechanical or electrical training.

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See also[edit]

  1. L'usine nouvelle (mars 1994) Meunier monte en puissance
  2. L'usine nouvelle (avril 1994) Groupes électrogènes, le choix de la puissance
  3. L'usine nouvelle (septembre 1994) Une usine taillée pour la conquête mondiale
  4. L'usine nouvelle (mai 1996) La couverture des créances à l'exportation
  5. L'express (mai 2002) Les 50 qui font bouger Brest
  6. L'expansion (mars 2003) L'Irak, terre de contrats français
  7. L'usine nouvelle (avril 2003) Les industriels se préparent à la guerre
  8. L'expansion (juillet 2005)Les 5 descendants des grandes familles
  9. L'usine nouvelle (janvier 2006) Le brestois SDMO sous pavillon américain
  10. L'usine nouvelle (septembre 2006) SDMO va investir 10 millions d'euros à Brest
  11. L'usine nouvelle (octobre 2006) SDMO se renforce à Brest pour croître à #l'international
  12. L'usine nouvelle (janvier 2008) SDMO confirme son extension sur Brest
  13. L'expansion (septembre 2008) Les 15 patrons les plus influents
  14. L'expansion (octobre 2008) Précision
  15. Le Télégramme (octobre 2009) Emploi : zoom sur le bassin brestois
  16. Classement 2009 de l'expansion Les 1000 premiers groupes industriels
  17. Palmarès 2009 de la COFACE et de l'API Les 250 plus grands groupes de l'ouest
  18. L'usine nouvelle (janvier 2010)SDMO s'agrandit à Brest