How Rely will combine OEM and EPC industrial strength

Raphael Tilot, CEO John Cockerill Hydrogen, explains how the launch of Rely – its joint venture with Technip Energies – strengthens its market presence and accelerates ‘global and local’ green hydrogen development

Before we discuss a major new venture, Rely, involving John Cockerill and Technip Energies, and talk through an increasing number of international ventures in the offing, Raphael Tilot, CEO John Cockerill Hydrogen, rewinds the clock a little over 200 years.

It all began in 1817, when John Cockerill bought the Seraing château from William of Orange. At that time the business, which would later become the economic flagship of the region, was already designing and manufacturing technical equipment such as steam engines, steelmaking equipment, cannons and locomotives. “The company was the first to build a diesel engine in the world,” said Tilot.

Progressively, steel production became the primary activity, but when Bernard Serin bought CMI in 2002, the company left the steel industry definitively. Under his impetus, the original activity of industrial equipment manufacturing became the core business once again.

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