2003-2005: The Urbaser group and its French subsidiary Valorga International decided to jointly respond to public tenders for the treatment of household waste by emphasising their technological and operational advance, particularly in the field of household waste methanisation, thanks to the specific know-how of Valorga International and the unrivalled experience of Urbaser in operating household waste methanisation facilities in Spain.
End of 2005: Urbaser and Valorga International created Urbaser Environnement, a subsidiary of the Urbaser group, to sustainably develop Urbaser group activities in France.
2005-2015 : Since then, Urbaser Environnement has experienced constant and steady growth on the French market, on the one hand, of its “Treatment” activity with new contracts to design, build, and operate household waste treatment facilities (Calais, Chalosse, Château d’Olonne, etc.) and, on the other hand, with the 2007 creation of a “Urban collection and Streets’ cleansing” activity, which earned it numerous contracts for the collection of household waste and the cleansing of public spaces. Consequently, by the end of 2015, the activity of the Urbaser group in France, which in 2005 represented a turnover of 5 million euro and about 30 employees, represented a turnover of close to 213 million euro and more than 1 000 employees.
2016: In December, the Urbaser group was sold to a Chinese consortium, composed of the China Tianying Inc. (CNTY) group and several Chinese state-backed investment funds. This reorganisation is an opportunity for the Urbaser group in particular to significantly develop its activity on the Asian market, reinforce its presence on its own markets (Europe, Central America, South America), and continue its growth on the American market. Created in 1984, CNTY is a listed company with a current market capitalisation of 1.3 billion euro. With 1250 employees, its core activity is in the environment and energy fields, notably in the construction and operation of waste incineration facilities, power generation facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, and the manufacture of industrial equipment.
Bolstered by this significant internal growth, Urbaser Environnement strengthened its organisation and structured itself since its creation in 2005 while building on the strong technical culture of its parent company Urbaser SA as well as of its subsidiary Valorga international. The human-scale company maintained the flexibility of a “medium company” but benefited from the financial solidity of its Urbaser SA and CNTY shareholders.