TRIGO, an ETI expert on quality inspection, consulting and engineering services in the transportation industry, owned by the Ardian investment fund, announced on May 6 the acquisition of SCORTEX, a French start-up that specializes in AI applied to automated quality control. This operation is part of the Group’s strategy and allows it to assert its positions in terms of industry change. If he does not disclose the cost of this acquisition, he has announced that he plans to invest five million Euros starting this year and double the workforce.
Founded in 1997 by Pierre Hervo, TRIGO is the first company to offer quality operational services in France. It now operates worldwide and provides operational quality management and consulting solutions for the automotive, aerospace, defense, railroad and heavy transportation industries.
In 25 countries, it has 10,000 employees at 500 sites offering a complete portfolio of services throughout the supply chain, from inspection of production lines to auditing, consulting and engineering activities, and training. The technological solutions it has developed, based on AI, virtual reality and data, are made for its customers in the most demanding sectors. The group is owned by Ardian and generates a turnover of € 400 million. It plans to recruit 400 technicians and engineers in France this year.
Frenchtech Scortex was co-founded by Aymeric de Pontbriand, Nathanael Hania and Serge Zloto in 2016. Its team combines deep expertise in machine learningcomputer vision, business software, advanced computing and quality management.
According to in-depth studyits automated defect detection and analysis platform can more accurately identify defective products in real time than it does be it plastic, polymer, metal, wood or packaging, while improving the overall profitability of industrial companies.
Fully designed, developed and maintained by the Scortex team and its partners, the Scortex solution integrates automation, lighting, cameras, hardware, software, IoT and AI capabilities. Stations installed on production lines, in addition to detecting defective parts, collect data and enable evaluation of production quality through a dashboard.
Taking the Scortex
This acquisition, which will bring additional technological bricks to Wheat, is the logical continuation of a partnership begun in 2021 to test the relevance of a possible merger or acquisition of a stake.
Matthieu Rambaud, CEO of Trigo, said:
“Our goals are to identify concrete application cases and to understand the extent to which the solutions developed by Scortex can be complementary to our services.»
As such, this acquisition has been an important step in Wheat’s new 2025 strategic plan, which aims to consolidate the leadership of its inspection and supply chain activities, particularly by accelerating its diversification into aerospace, defense, rail and heavy transport sectors, by strengthening consulting activities. including major manufacturers and equipment manufacturers as well as innovation in technological solutions. For this ultimate goal, TRIGO will rely on advances in the fields of AI, data mining, automation and augmented reality.
Scortex founder and CEO, Aymeric de Pontbriand, said:
“Together with TRIGO, we are gaining the ability to grow our technologies. I am proud that Scortex is now part of the TRIGO family, we share a common vision of the developments and needs of the industry tomorrow. With our solutions and our technology , our ambition is to be a major player in industry 4.0 worldwide. We will accelerate our approach to digitizing quality management, enabling better use of our manufacturers’ resources. »
As part of this acquisition, TRIGO will make available its commercial network, which is firmly established around the world, its operational teams and its funding capacity. In part, SCORTEX will bring it a proven and recognized capacity for innovation in AI and automated insights.
Matthieu Rambaud, CEO of the TRIGO group, concluded:
“I am very happy to welcome the SCORTEX team to TRIGO. The quality of their technological solutions, their capacity for innovation and their entrepreneurial spirit are perfectly suited to our market perspective and our corporate culture. In this fusion, we combine complementary strengths. Together, we will build meaningful development synergies to help the industry meet tomorrow’s challenges, improving its performance and profitability with innovative solutions. »