KOHLER: 57 Years of history

KOHLER: a specialist in the generating set and energy station markets since 1966.


Creation of SDMO by the MEUNIER family to distribute MWM marine engines.


SDMO moves towards the manufacture of generating sets and phases out the distribution of marine engines.


SDMO begins to develop due to growth of poultry farming and food processing in Brittany.


After its regional success, SDMO decides to develop its presence on the French market opening an office in Paris and building its head office and an adjacent plant to accommodate for its growth.

SDMO Industries, located in Brest, the power specialists since 1966.
Distribution network in Africa


Two sales offices are opened in France to strengthen the national development. SDMO sets up a distribution network in Africa and takes on its first export sales representative. Thanks to considerable success in Libya, SDMO establishes itself in the region and wins an increasing number of contracts in the Middle East and French-speaking Africa. SDMO decides to diversify with a range of low-capacity gensets at 30 kVA.


SDMO buys the ""AMAN"" generating set division from ALSTOM and thus acquires know-how in the field of specific applications (standalone power stations, telecommunications, military, offshore, etc.). During this same period, the Meunier group buys SOREEL, a firm specialized in automatic cabinets, in order to control its ""sensitive"" products.


EDF launches the EJP (peak saving) system, providing a strong incentive to high and moderate consumers of electricity to buy generating sets in order to produce and sell energy. SDMO develops significantly in France and earns its position as leader thanks to its technical engineering know-how and the superior quality of its after-sales service. This increase in volume allows it to expand to new export markets, particularly in Europe where it sets up a network of distributors.


SDMO decides to open subsidiaries in Spain and England, as well as in Singapore to reach the fast-growing Asian markets.

Development of electricity power plants.
Expansion of production facilities in Brest.


SDMO decides to strengthen even further its development of exports to anticipate a predicted drop in the French market, which is overly dependent on the EDF tariff policy (peak saving). SDMO dedicates additional resources to its export business and sets up a distributor network in South America.


To support its expansion and the development of its sales and manufacture of standard generating sets, SDMO opens a new plant with a surface area of 15,000 m2, located in the industrial area of Kergaradec in Brest (France).


SDMO continues to develop its exports by asserting its position in areas where it is already present (opening subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil and the USA, as well as a sales office in Algiers).


SDMO standardises the colour of its generating sets and restructures its range of products. SDMO opens a subsidiary in Belgium and Nigeria. In 2005, MEUNIER Holding sells SDMO to the American KOHLER group. Kohler group already owns and distributes its own range of gensets internationally.


SDMO sets up offices in Dubai, Johannesburg and Moscow. SDMO and Kohler divide the world’s sales regions between them, based on their existing market penetration. The rapidly growing business and increasing demand call for further investment: plans for an extension of the main plant (Kergaradec II) are approved by Kohler.


SDMO invests in new resources to expand its product ranges and offer hybrid energy solutions. Building work begins on the Kergaradec II plant.

Acquisition of SDMO by the KOHLER group
KOHLER-SDMO generating sets worldwide


Despite the global economic crisis, SDMO is still going strong. Launch of the new range, Rental Compact, which is designed specifically for the rental market. Introduction of biogas engine gensets. Synergy with the Kohler group is strengthened by the inclusion of its engines in the Portable Power and Power Products ranges. 


SDMO strengthens its presence in the Middle East and opens an office in Cairo, Egypt. The new Kergaradec II plant opens. SDMO’s main production site now extends over 40,000 m².


A turning point in its history: SDMO is being renamed KOHLER SDMO, a change of positioning and now a manufacturer of its own engines. It is unveiling its new KD Series range, over 700 kVA, fitted with Kohler engines. The company's head office is moving into new premises in the immediate vicinity of its Kergaradec plant.


Brand Transition second step: from KOHLER-SDMO and KOHLER-BES (French Service) to KOHLER.

Acquisition of SDMO by the KOHLER group