The Group

The expertise we have gained after 50 years working with the top civil and military aviation programmes enables us to guarantee the safety, reliability and operational availability of current and future critical systems.

As a designer of testing solutions and associated services, SPHEREA stands out as an internationally renowned expert in operational performance for our customers. Our trade experts working in electronics, microwave technology, optronics, support and repair provide you with solutions throughout the system life-cycle. Innovation and eco-systems are at the heart of our organisation, helping us best meet your expectations.

Our uniqueness: providing you with lasting support, in close proximity to your operations.  

Our history


First ATEC® delivery for CONCORDE and the MIRAGE F1.

Creation of the first generic test bench.



Merging of Aerospatiale Avions and Sextant Avionics testing operations for the RAFALE and LECLERC tank

Leading French testing company. 

Start of diversification towards the world of production. 



Acquisition of Get Electronique

Development of the sustainability offering.

At the same time, start of development of the system design and qualification testing offer.


The company leaves the Airbus Group and becomes independent

Creation of the SPHEREA entity with the desire to enable multiple-industry development.


Acquisition of Puissance+ and Arcale

Acquisition of skills in power electronics and software.


Acquisition of Noise XT

Acquisition of radio-frequency skills. 


New shareholder distribution…

… to achieve our ambition to become a major international player.


Reconfiguration of SPHEREA Group

Transformation plan to guarantee our recovery and growth capacity.






Key figures

Our key figures for 2020:

  • Andera-Omnes consortium 50,3% 50,3%
  • Management 32% 32%
  • ACE management 13,7% 13,7%
  • irdi 4% 4%

Our sites

SPHEREA is extending our global influence to serve customers in over 50 countries.


A word from the President

“The future is never anything but the present to put in order. You don’t have to foresee it, but to allow it” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Never before has the environment been so favourable to such a meeting of forces in a common direction owing to the simultaneous mutation of various areas: technical, cultural, political, corporate, and so on. Yet there is also a prevailing pessimism calling for awareness of economic interdependence.

The current context corroborates our initial vision for the future. Only the way of implementing it is changing, requiring a transformation plan to adapt to these mutations: this is our recovery challenge.

Remaining responsive and close to our markets, linking skills and having the size required to harness and manage significant opportunities will determine our success.

SPHEREA is primarily a collective human adventure guaranteeing reliability, safety and the availability of systems throughout the world. Our success is based on our values: trust, commitment, passion and respect. After 50 years of history, a new chapter is being written, covering our transformation, which will be an opportunity to combine direction and effectiveness to sustainably build our future.

Christian Dabasse

President and CEO

Group Executive Committee

Yves Baumgartner

Yves Baumgartner

Group Chief Operating Officer

Paul Carayon

Paul Carayon

Group Customer Support VP

Fabrice Dairon

Fabrice Dairon

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

Nicolas Favarcq

Nicolas Favarcq

Group Chief Technical Officer

Patrick Freneuil

Patrick Freneuil

Group Senior Executive VP

Renaud Lavigne

Renaud Lavigne

Group Chief Financial Officer

Florence Pabon

Florence Pabon

Group Chief Commercial and Sourcing Officer

Subsidiary managing directors

Loup Foussereau

Loup Foussereau


Martin Kugelmann

Martin Kugelmann

SPHEREA GmbH, Germany

Erwan Lhermitte

Erwan Lhermitte

SPHEREA Ltd, United Kingdom

Jia Wang

Jia Wang


Sanjeev Bedi

Sanjeev Bedi


Manuel Tessier

Manuel Tessier

Solutions BU & ARCALE

Michel Lambert

Michel Lambert

Services BU

Laurent Desfourneaux

Laurent Desfourneaux

Power BU

Vincent Bronet

Vincent Bronet

Systems & Customer Support BU

Our values

We are committed…


The men and women of SPHEREA are our precious human capital. Trust is the basis for discussions: at SPHEREA, it is a condition that guarantees we meet our objectives and transform them into our future successes.


Kindness, empathy, intelligence – these are all essential in a company collective. But they would mean nothing without respect! SPHEREA aims to observe our commitments to our customers, partners and staff.


This is the company’s key performance indicator. This virtue conveys the meaning of our work – everyone observes their commitments – SPHEREA undertakes to set up initiatives to generate and release energy!


SPHEREA’s core business is to ensure the reliability and safety of equipment that has an impact on human life. Passion is therefore the spark used to drive the daily routines of SPHEREA employees – it is vital and must be our common denominator.



We make our customers our main concern, so as to best meet their technical/economic and programme-related needs. We are investing so we can support them in the long term. We strive to observe our commitments and guarantee the quality of our solutions and services. This is a virtuous circle thanks to our continuous improvement system


To succeed, we must foresee and know how to take controlled risks. Trust, Autonomy, Responsibility and Freedom are essential team management criteria, which we encourage at all levels of the company.


Company development is a priority. We promote new solutions, innovation and the refinement of our products to win new markets and make sure our markets are sustainable. We continually strive to improve our competitive edge by adapting existing solutions to new markets. Flexibility and a proactive approach are key and will help us harness new opportunities to adapt to future challenges.

SPHEREA is committed to responsible management of business activities that have a negative effect on the environment, fostering business that has a positive effect on the environment and constantly trying to minimise our overall impact on the environment. We do this by complying with international environmental standards and regulations, helping prevent pollution, using materials and energy efficiently to protect natural resources and reducing or off-setting emissions that contribute to climate change/global warming.

Developing environmental practices

Supplying products and services in line with environmental requirements (legal and contractual) at all phases of the product life-cycle and designing and developing products through eco-design.

Using natural resources efficiently

Using materials and energy efficiently to reduce our dependency on natural resources and protect them.

Preventing the risks of pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Insofar as possible, reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change/global warming, off-setting remaining emissions and preventing all contamination of the environment.

Promoting this environmental policy

Working with our suppliers and subcontractors so they duly consider reducing all significant environmental impacts of their products or services.

Reduce waste, recycle more

Reducing waste production to a minimum, increasing waste sorting and maximising the reuse or recycling of materials.


The SPHEREA ecosystem combines all public and private stakeholders, regardless of their size. It brings together a relevant, essential group, so as to create and maintain a strong, long-term relationship in line with our Group’s development strategy .
SPHEREA structures this procedure on our own scale, based on our specific innovative fabric, for collaborative economic development.

Details on the members of our ecosystem

Companies of all sizes, from start-ups to major industrial groups, with the top players historically including our customers and suppliers, are partners with whom we jointly create value by defining and developing our offering. Amongst these companies, SOTREM SEO, Simsoft Industry and National Instruments are of note.

The academic world, composed of public and private laboratories as well as schools and universities with additional skills and resources to SPHEREA, of particular benefit to our technological developments. Schools and universities enable us to link the world of education and the corporate world, to best meet our recruitment expectations and fulfil our desire to contribute to the social challenges of young people. For example, SPHEREA signed a partnership in 2018 with ICAM and has been working with ENSAM in Lille and LAAS in Toulouse for several years.

Institutions, represented by state and regional public players. Attentive to the corporate world, this community is vital to our development. As a Defence player, SPHEREA has formed close, lasting ties with the French Ministry of Armed Forces as well as with the governmental departments in the French regions, such as the Occitanie regional council and the chambers of commerce and industry. They help us contribute to the French RAPID dual innovation projects and support the current recovery plans.

Private players in economic development, such as competitiveness hubs, clusters and groupings, representing strategic business sectors and industries. Among others, SPHEREA is a member of the Aerospace Valley and Optitec competitiveness hubs, GIFAS, GICAT and GICAN and the TOTEM cluster.