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Chauvin Arnoux: more than a century of history

Founded in Paris in 1893 by Raphaël Chauvin and René Arnoux, Chauvin Arnoux has played a major role in the history of measurement. The long and prestigious list of its inventions, such as the universal tester, the ancestor of the multimeter, or the current clamp, provides ample proof of this. In the 20th century, more than  350 patents and brands were registered by Chauvin Arnoux.

  • 1893

    Foundation of the company by René Arnoux and Raphaël Chauvin.

  • 1936

    Creation of the first subsidiary in Poland, bombarded during the war and now closed.

  • 1965

    Opening of the first factory in Normandy (France) at Conches en Ouche, now closed.

  • 1969

    Founding of Manumesure.

  • 1973

    Opening of the second factory in Normandy at Villedieu-les-Poëles.

  • 1975

    Establishment of the Italian subsidiary at Lissone (a suburb of Milan).

  • 1977

    Opening of a third factory in Normandy at Vire and establishment of a subsidiary in the USA.

  • 1979

    Opening of a fourth factory in Normandy at Pont-l'Evêque, which currently houses the central inventory.

  • 1987

    Opening of the Spanish and British subsidiaries.

  • 1992

    Inauguration of the new Head Office at 190, rue Championnet in Paris, the Group's current headquarters.

  • 1993

    Chauvin Arnoux celebrates its hundredth anniversary, launches a new logo and sponsors the Grand Prix de la Mesure prize awarded by the French Académie des Sciences.

  • 1995

    Chauvin Arnoux becomes the first French manufacturer of measuring instruments to set up an anechoic chamber to measure its products' electromagnetic compatibility.

  • 1996

    Takeover of the company Normandie Mesures by Manumesure: atmospheric pollution testing and dimensional metrology.

  • 1997

    Takeover of Metrix, no. 2 on the French portable measuring instruments market, and Pyrocontrole, formerly owned by the American company Engelhard.

  • 1998

    Takeover of Enerdis and the Measurement branch of Oritel.

  • 2000

    Takeover of the Chinese company Puji Wung for integration in the Chinese subsidiary.

  • 2002

    Opening of a subsidiary in Lebanon to cover the Middle East and a Scandinavian subsidiary in Sweden the following year.

  • 2008

    Opening of the Chauvin Arnoux Group's new industrial site in Meyzieu, near Lyon (France).

  • 2013

    Chauvin Arnoux celebrates its 120th anniversary and receives a Gold Electron prize for the PEL loggers and a Bronze Electron prize for the Digiflex sensors.

  • 2014

    Creation of a new logo for Manumesure