Kinéis is based on an unprecedented, solid and coherent public-private capital structure. Space industrialists working on the constellation and financial partners have joined forces with CLS, which is at the origin of the project supported by two strategic players, CNES and Bpifrance, via the SPI fund.
CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites)
CLS, a subsidiary of CNES and CNP, is an international company that has been leading the way in Earth observation and monitoring solutions since 1986. Its vision is to design and deploy innovative solutions to enable us to understand and protect our planet and manage its resources in a sustainable way. The company supports the international community in its effort to understand the past, observe the present and prepare for the future. Its resilient solutions provide keys to enable strategic stakeholders to adapt and address the climate and environmental challenges we are facing.
Its systems also make it possible to assess the impact of industrial and economic activities on the environment. CLS employs 720 people at its headquarters in Toulouse and 24 other sites around the world. The company operates in five strategic business sectors: environmental monitoring and climate, sustainable fisheries management, fleet management, energy, mining and infrastructure, and maritime safety.
The CLS Group achieved a turnover of almost 135 million euros in 2019.
CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales)
CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) is the public establishment responsible for proposing French space policy to the Government and implementing it in Europe. It designs and puts satellites in orbit and invents the space systems of tomorrow; it promotes the emergence of new services that are useful in everyday life. CNES, created in 1961, initiates major space projects, launchers and satellites and is the natural partner of industry for pushing innovation. CNES has nearly 2,500 employees, men and women who are passionate about space, which opens up infinite, innovative fields of application; it intervenes in five areas: the Ariane launcher, scientific research, observation, telecommunications and defence. CNES is a major player in technological innovation, economic development and industrial policy in France. It also establishes scientific partnerships and is involved in numerous international projects. France, represented by CNES, is the main contributor to the European Space Agency (ESA).
Bpifrance and SPI fund, Industrial Project Companies
Bpifrance finances companies – at every stage of their development – by granting credit, guarantees and investing in them. Bpifrance helps them launch their innovation projects and expand internationally. Bpifrance now also supports their export activities through a wide range of products. Consulting, academic research, networking and acceleration programmes for start-ups, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and intermediate-sized companies (ETIs) are also included in the offer for entrepreneurs.
Thanks to Bpifrance and its 48 regional offices, entrepreneurs can rely on a close, unique and efficient partner to help them meet their challenges.
The SPI fund, managed by Bpifrance on behalf of the French government as part of the ‘Investments for the Future’ Programme and by the European Investment Bank as part of the ‘Juncker plan’, are designed to support the development of industrial projects that offer the best business and job prospects for the industrial sectors. They act as informed equity investors in companies with industrialisation projects selected on the basis of their growth potential, the current positioning of the industry and their contribution to the ecological and energy transition. They are thus one of the financial levers of new French industry.
Ifremer is recognized worldwide as one of the leading institutes in marine science and technology, with a dual objective of sustainable development and open science. It conducts research, innovates and produces expertise to protect and restore the ocean, exploit its resources responsibly, and share marine knowledge and data to create new opportunities for economic growth that respects the marine environment. With offices on all of France’s coastlines and in its overseas territories, its laboratories are located on some twenty sites in the three major oceans: the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. On behalf of the government, it operates the French Oceanography Fleet for the benefit of the national scientific community. It designs its own state-of-the-art craft and equipment to explore and observe the ocean, from the shore to the open ocean and from the bottom of the oceans to their interface with the atmosphere. Open to the international scientific community, its 1,500 researchers, engineers and technicians are advancing knowledge on one of the last unexplored frontiers of our planet; they are helping to inform public policy and contributing to innovation for a sustainable blue economy. Their mission is also to raise public awareness of maritime issues. Founded in 1984, Ifremer is a public establishment of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC), with a budget of around 240 million Euros. It is placed under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), Ecological and Inclusive Transition (MTES), and Agriculture and Food (MAA).