80 years of the group and 50 years of lifting
Discover more than 80 years of Mediaco history, from its premiere founding in 1942 with Medtrans up to today. Group filled with history, dive into the heart of the key years of the company.
In 1942, Jean-Jacques VERNAZZA created the port transit company MEDTRANS, made up at the time of 4 employees. With the acquisition of a small stevedoring company that complementary to its activity at the end of 1942, the company MEDIACO ACCONAGE was born.
In the 50s.
The acquisition of a Nordest truck crane was the first step towards the purchase of other port cranes.
End of 1972.
Christian-Jacques VERNAZZA fonde Mediaco Levage. Il était très attaché à la ville de Marseille et largement impliqué dans le développement de l’économie locale et les projets industriels innovants. Il a tenu à y conserver le siège social du Groupe.
MEDIACO started its lifting activity with the acquisition of the most efficient equipment of the time, in particular the Grove TM800 (the most powerful telescopic boom crane in the world that year).
Gradually, the fleet is moving from the Lattice to the Telescopic Crane, which allows MEDIACO LIFTING to quickly expand its reputation in France.
Christian-Jacques VERNAZZA knew how to involve his children Annabelle, Alexandre-Jacques and Rodolphe within the family Group.
MEDIACO has also undertaken to diversify its activities, particularly in liquid bulk storage, oil production and logistics.
Alexandre-Jacques VERNAZZA joins the MEDIACO group. In 2008, he became Operations Manager of MEDIACO LIFTING, and subsequently Managing Director in 2011. He took over as Chairman of the family Group in 2013.
Mediaco Levage consolidates its position as a pioneer in the establishment of the leading lifting and material handling network in France through the acquisition of the SOGECOFA Group, as well as through other strategic acquisitions throughout the territory.
Start of 2014.
MEDIACO decides to open 2 branches in Germany (Kehl and Freiburg).
The Mediaco GmbH (Germany) 2021 fleet is composed of 50 vehicles, including 30 cranes from 50 to 400T, spread throughout 4 branches (Stuttgart, Kehl, Rheinau, Karlsruhe).
MEDIACO consolidates its position as the national leader through the acquisition of the SMMI Group (Grenoble, Lyon, Valence and Annecy), 4 branches, 50 cranes and 80 people, which position the MEDIACO group as a regional leader in the Rhône-Alpes region.
In May 2017.
The MEDIACO Group acquires one of the largest cranes on the European market and the largest and most powerful crane in France (670 T at 21 m scope of reach): an LG1750 (lattice truss crane on mobile carriers with a 750 T capacity), able to ensure all wind turbine assemblies (147 T at 120 m) as well as the most important national contracts, in particular with the construction sites of Greater Paris. To date, MEDIACO MAXILIFT has 15 cranes of more than 500 tonnes spread throughout the national territory.
In 2017, an LG1750 (lattice crane on mobile carriers with a capacity of 750 tonnes) joined the group fleet in the Mediaco Maxilift subsidiary. Used for large projects, for example on wind turbine assemblies.
MEDIACO acquires the Altead Group, the 3rd leading lifting company in France, made up of 190 cranes, 500 people and 15 branches in France.
This acquisition allows the group to increase its vehicle fleet, its national presence and demonstrates the determination of the family group as to its desires for growth and development.
The company SE LEVAGE based in Haute-Savoie and its 5 branches: Frangy, Annecy, Chambéry, Lyon and Orléans join the MEDIACO group.
The Heavy Lifting department based in Haute-Savoie and Orleans has 5 cranes from 500T to 1200T which will be integrated into MEDIACO MAXILIFT.
SE LEVAGE SWISS, which has become MEDIACO SWISS, also allows the Mediaco group to establish itself in Switzerland as of 2021.
The merger of SE LIFTING allows the Marseille family group to consolidate its regional positions with a network of more than 15 branches in Rhône-Alpes out of the group's 85 national branches.
The Mediaco Group has a turnover of €405 million and has recorded an increase of €200 million over the last 7 years for the lifting activity (2015 turnover: €156 million / 2022 turnover: €362 million).
MEDIACO now has 850 cranes from 35 to 1,200 tonnes, 85 branches, 2200 employees positioning the MEDIACO group in the lead nationally and third in Europe.