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Comex press release

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December 22nd, 2011, 11:02 pm #1

Comex, who conquered the seas of the world becomes a small business

Hugh JEANNEAUD (AFP) - 23/12/2011

MARSEILLE - Fifty years of history and a sling load of records: the Comex, which was once the world leader in underwater work, has increased its technological innovations, cleared trades of deep diving, but failed however to really sustain its conquests on an industrial scale.

By withdrawing in mid-November, Cybernetix SA, a subsidiary specializing in the creation of robots, Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise (COMEX) is again a small business ... as in its infancy.

An "architect of luxury", which generates 4 million in sales with "an elite corps of 40 employees," said Michele Fructus, executive director of the company and daughter of the founder.

We are far from the splendor of the time, in the 80's, when Comex Service, the division for the offshore oil, had a thirty international subsidiaries and emitted 1.25 billion francs in turnover (190 million) .

With divers, submarines and unmanned robots, Comex was often called upon for complex missions, as in 2004 after the crash of a Boeing Sea at Sharm el-Sheikh to find the pieces of the plane.

The saga of this company Marseille is inseparable from the history of its founding president, Henri-Germain Delauze: in the 50s, a young engineer of bridges and roads, he discovered diving during his military service in Madagascar. After a stint in the team of Jacques Cousteau, he founded the company in 1961.

In the 70's, appetite for oil offshore will boost the growth of the Comex. The holding company opens branches in all the oil fields of the planet.

"We had a problem, we designed a solution," said Michele Fructus. In 1964, the Comex is developing hyperbaric chambers to avoid decompression sickness, and develops "diving towers," kinds of lifts that allow "saturation diving" very deep.

The company will also work on breathing gas mixtures and the records fall ... In 1992, the boxes of test center in Marseille, the world record dive simulated is set at least 701 m.

"Fluctuations in oil prices have forced us to diversify us," says Fructus.

And early 90's Comex SA will adapt its expertise to "other hostile environments." Comex Nucléaire is created after a tender for work on the primary circuit of a power plant ... well Cybernetix is mounted with partners to design and build robots.

The company also declines Comex Marseille Pro for diving equipment and Comex Marine Parks for underwater recreation.

In 1992, released by the banks, Comex SA must be separated from Comex Service, sold to the US-Stolt Tankers and Terminals Luxembourg. In 2001, Delauze decided to sell Nuclear Comex in its largest shareholder, Onet. The sale of shares of Cybernétix closes this chapter of diversification.

Today, the expertise is still there but the family holding company Comex SA Chapot only two small divisions.

The department "Engineering extreme environments" is dedicated to the manufacture of hyperbaric chambers for the military or hospitals, and special machines, like the "tank" that allows the Swiss watchmaker Rolex Deepsea test their models unless 4800 meters.

The Department of Maritime Operations has two boats "dynamically positioned" able to stand still above the diving areas. Several projects are in the pipeline, including 3D imaging of the seabed.

"Small is beautiful", the leaders want to return Comex trades origins: underwater exploration and the technological challenges.
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December 22nd, 2011, 11:17 pm #2

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December 23rd, 2011, 5:15 am #3

Comex, who conquered the seas of the world becomes a small business

Hugh JEANNEAUD (AFP) - 23/12/2011

MARSEILLE - Fifty years of history and a sling load of records: the Comex, which was once the world leader in underwater work, has increased its technological innovations, cleared trades of deep diving, but failed however to really sustain its conquests on an industrial scale.

By withdrawing in mid-November, Cybernetix SA, a subsidiary specializing in the creation of robots, Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise (COMEX) is again a small business ... as in its infancy.

An "architect of luxury", which generates 4 million in sales with "an elite corps of 40 employees," said Michele Fructus, executive director of the company and daughter of the founder.

We are far from the splendor of the time, in the 80's, when Comex Service, the division for the offshore oil, had a thirty international subsidiaries and emitted 1.25 billion francs in turnover (190 million) .

With divers, submarines and unmanned robots, Comex was often called upon for complex missions, as in 2004 after the crash of a Boeing Sea at Sharm el-Sheikh to find the pieces of the plane.

The saga of this company Marseille is inseparable from the history of its founding president, Henri-Germain Delauze: in the 50s, a young engineer of bridges and roads, he discovered diving during his military service in Madagascar. After a stint in the team of Jacques Cousteau, he founded the company in 1961.

In the 70's, appetite for oil offshore will boost the growth of the Comex. The holding company opens branches in all the oil fields of the planet.

"We had a problem, we designed a solution," said Michele Fructus. In 1964, the Comex is developing hyperbaric chambers to avoid decompression sickness, and develops "diving towers," kinds of lifts that allow "saturation diving" very deep.

The company will also work on breathing gas mixtures and the records fall ... In 1992, the boxes of test center in Marseille, the world record dive simulated is set at least 701 m.

"Fluctuations in oil prices have forced us to diversify us," says Fructus.

And early 90's Comex SA will adapt its expertise to "other hostile environments." Comex Nucléaire is created after a tender for work on the primary circuit of a power plant ... well Cybernetix is mounted with partners to design and build robots.

The company also declines Comex Marseille Pro for diving equipment and Comex Marine Parks for underwater recreation.

In 1992, released by the banks, Comex SA must be separated from Comex Service, sold to the US-Stolt Tankers and Terminals Luxembourg. In 2001, Delauze decided to sell Nuclear Comex in its largest shareholder, Onet. The sale of shares of Cybernétix closes this chapter of diversification.

Today, the expertise is still there but the family holding company Comex SA Chapot only two small divisions.

The department "Engineering extreme environments" is dedicated to the manufacture of hyperbaric chambers for the military or hospitals, and special machines, like the "tank" that allows the Swiss watchmaker Rolex Deepsea test their models unless 4800 meters.

The Department of Maritime Operations has two boats "dynamically positioned" able to stand still above the diving areas. Several projects are in the pipeline, including 3D imaging of the seabed.

"Small is beautiful", the leaders want to return Comex trades origins: underwater exploration and the technological challenges.
nice info ..thanks philip
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December 25th, 2011, 3:22 pm #4

A well known Rolex spécialist told me that there is a very small production of about 10 sdds comex.
Is it confirmed?
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December 26th, 2011, 7:34 pm #5



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