About us

PRINCIPIA offers to the industry top class services from expertise to the asset owners, to the conception and basic design of high value systems, all these services being fed by a constant R&D effort since its creation in 1981.
We have made sustainable development the keystone of our industrial strategy with the ambition of achieving growth that is profitable, socially responsible and respectful of the environment.

Thanks to our specificities we guarantee safe and cost effective solutions to our top class customers by providing:

  • Innovative engineering concepts driven by a constant costumer approach.
  • The Integration at the conception stage of the operating constraints.
  • An industrial neutrality.
  • The adaptability, reactivity and creativity of the engineering staff and experts.
  • The capability to take the entire responsibility of conceptual engineering or detail design packages of large EPCI projects
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Key Facts & Figures

Engineering CPY with 140 Employees

2015 Turnover of 12.6 M€

Key sectors of Activities

  • Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Marine Renewable Energies
  • Nuclear Activities
  • Naval Harbor Engineering

Group history

Deeplines software acquisition
2014
Valling naval architecture company in Denmark to design supply boats
2014
Sale of PAPE Share (Swiber group)
2013
Creation of PRINCIPIA Asia (KL) (Asia operational Hub)
2012
New shareholders. 1/3 DCNS - 1/3 Oil & Gaz independent investors - 1/3 Principia management team.
2010
Creation of PRINCIPIA North (Denmark) PRINCIPIA NORTH OFFICE
2010
PRINCIPIA RD buys ALSTOMS's shares in PRINCIPIA MARINE and becomes the only one shareholder - AREVA TA buy DORIS shares (AREVA TA own 75 % of shares)
2005
Acquisition of 100% of OPEN CASCADE (Software company) and its Russian subsidiary (100%), held hitherto by EADS-MATRADATAVISION.
2003

September 2002 : Principia R & D relocates and installs its headquarters and more than 60 engineers in La Ciotat

SEPT 2002 PRINCIPIA A LA CIOTATbatiment
2002
Creation of PRINCIPIA MARINE, in Nantes held by PRINCIPIA RD and Alstom (LES CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE) integrating all activities of the Navy Construction Research Institute (IRCN): Civil and militaries Naval skill in hull structure, propulsion and Marine engineering
2001
Acquisition of a share in the IFP (FRENCH PETROLEUM INSTITUTE) PRINCIPIA A LA SEYNE
1997
Acquisition of a share (33%) in OCEANIDE, operator of test tank facilities. SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS PRINCIPIA
1987
Creation of the company PRINCIPIA RD with engineers coming from French Petroleum Institute
1981