History

The challenge for me began in 1996 when the small Paris-based SATIMO research office started on a course of industrial development based on a unique technology: multi-probe measurement by electronic scanning. Since then, it has been an exciting ride with continual growth and incredible achievements. This development would not have been possible without the involvement and the dynamism of our teams, the loyalty of our customers and the support of our shareholders for almost three decades now.

Philippe Garreau, Chairman of MVG

MVG: Breakthrough Innovation Triggers Industrial Adventure

A few milestones:

1986: Creation of SATIMO, an engineering office
1986-1995: Development of the first multi-probe systems
1996-1998: Industrialisation
1999-2005: Expansion
2005: Listed on Alternext
2005-2009: Growth and acquisitions
2012-now: A Group Structured for Growth

1986: Creation of an engineering office
SATIMO SA (Société d’Applications Technologiques de l’Imagerie Micro-Onde SA) was founded in 1986 with the objective of developing high-speed microwave field measurement systems. The company started as a spin-off from the French engineering school Supélec, benefiting from years of research in the field of the Modulated Scatterer Technique.

1986-1995: Development of the first multi-probe systems
During its first ten years, SATIMO performed research and prototyping of antennas, antenna measurement systems, non-destructive testing equipment, and tomographic imaging systems. SATIMO was entirely focused on the French Market and relied only on few customers.

The founder, Prof. Jean-Charles Bolomey, decided to drastically change this situation by naming Philippe Garreau as the C.E.O. of SATIMO.

1996-1998: Industrialisation
In 1996, the company underwent a re-organization. The business plan was changed to focus mainly on antenna measurement systems for the telecom market and the first SG64 spherical near field range was installed in 1998. From then on, SATIMO has established itself as a leader in antenna measurement technology, with a total of more than 200 measurement systems in operation worldwide.

1999-2005: Expansion
To support its worlwide clients, SATIMO started to expand its office in 1999 with the establishment of a US branch office in Atlanta, GA. Today, SATIMO is a truly international company, with expert staff from a large number of countries and cultures, with more than 7 offices worldwide (two in France, one in China, one in Italy, one in Japan, one in Sweden, and one in the USA).

The year 2003 constitutes an important milestone in SATIMO’s history. A multiprobe measurement solution dedicated to the automotive industry is successfully launched. SATIMO also introduces StarLab, a compact and low cost, real-time antenna test station.

2005: Listed on Alternext
In 2005, SATIMO becomes a publicly traded company with its listing on the Euronext stock exchange in France. With the additional resources available after its IPO, SATIMO successfully adaptis its technology for large antenna measurement systems for the defense and aerospace markets. SATIMO also starts development of some of other product lines, including systems for industrial inspection and microwave imaging for medical and defense applications.

2005-2009: Growth and acquisitions
SATIMO gains market share in numerous key customer accounts. New product developments lead to major sales in the Telecommunication, Automotive, Defense, Aerospace and Academic segments.

In June 2007, SATIMO realized its first acquisition by merging with ANTENNESSA, a French High-Tech company specialized in antenna and RF safety products. With this operation, SATIMO broadened its product portfolio and strengthened its leadership in measurement systems of the electromagnetic field. In 2008, SATIMO announced the purchased of a majority stake in ORBIT/FR (with its subsidiary AEMI).

During 2009,  MVG - the Microwave Vision Group - was created as a holding structure which brought together SATIMO, ORBIT/FR and AEMI.

MVG planned to use cross-fertilization of SATIMO and ORBIT/FR technologies to create a wider market offering in electromagnetic test and measurement. A key rationale for this alliance was the combination of SATIMO’s high speed electronic probe array technology with ORBIT/FR’s precision electromechanical systems.The marriage of these technologies allowed the marketing of new products featuring high throughput measurement suites that collect high accuracy data at greater speeds than previously possible for both commercial and defense applications.

2012-now: A Group Structured for Growth
To sustain its growth, MVG organised itself into four business units in 2012 :

  • The first business unit, Antenna Measurement Systems (AMS) comprises the conventional activities of the Group with the intent to accelerate the introduction of new products on the antenna measurement market.
  • The second business unit focuses on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) which offers aptitude test solutions for devices set to function in electromagnetic environments without producing interference themselves. This BU was reinforced by the acquisition of the British company Rainford EMC Systems in July 2012.
  • A third business unit, Environmental and Industrial Control (EIC), focuses on devices for monitoring the level of electromagnetic waves and equipment for quality control on production lines.
  • The fourth and final business unit, National Security and Healthcare (NSH), is drawn from investments for the future, particularly highly qualified human resources. The goal: to develop systems and products from research projects that create added value for customers in new markets targeted by this Unit.