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Apave, a history of over 150 years of trust

Apave’s history is closely intertwined with that of progress.

For more than 150 years, Apave has facilitated the major technological changes and revolutions by developing expertise to guarantee the safety of people, industrial goods and the environment.


Safety is the foundation for all progress: without safety, there can be no industrial, human, environmental or digital progress. It is our history and our mission.

Working for safety

for over 150 years

Ernest Zuber

Between the photo of the industrialist Ernest Zuber, vice-president of the SIM (Industrial Company of Mulhouse) who, in 1867, founded Apave, and that of this young Group Manager Operating Unit ERP - Tertiary, working on the ITER nuclear fusion reactor project, there lies a history of over 150 years.
Ours, but yours too. Because these 150 years illustrate the technical progress made, the risks associated with it, and the efforts that Apave has made to identify them and help businesses and communities control them. 
At the end of the 19th century, the first steam-powered machines caused many accidents in factories.

Our founder along with other manufacturers decided to create the "Association Alsacienne des Propriétaires d'Appareils à Vapeur" (Alsatian association of steam-powered machine owners). Its objective was to increase safety, avoid the risks of explosion and make energy savings.
It is a history of trust that has thus been built up from these early days of the industrial revolution and has continued to Apave’s interventions today.
A history of trust between Apave and its hundreds of thousands of customers in France and around the world. 

Gustave Eiffel chose Apave to participate in the Eiffel Tower project.

Eiffel Tower

Since 1867

The first Industrial Revolution saw the advent of mechanisation and steam-powered machines. 'Along with progress, it brought many changes to people’s work and to the organisation of the workshops. New risks emerged.
On 10 April 1867, the Vice-President of the Industrial Company of Mulhouse, Ernest Zuber, was working with other Alsatian but also Basel and Württemberg industrialists to improve employee safety. From this fruitful collaboration the "Association Alsacienne des Propriétaires d'Appareils à Vapeur" (Alsatian association of steam-powered machine owners) was created.

On the plain of Alsace, the textile industry, then the finishing and mechanical construction industries witnessed our engineers make their debut.
Apave’s founders were determined to use all the resources of technical progress to make their factories safer and also more energy efficient.

With the arrival of electricity,

Apave expanded its areas of work

Thus, true to their founder's adage, “progress is only worthwhile if it does not compromise the lives of individuals”, Apave’s engineers and technicians helped France enter the modern era, by improving the safety of people and property. Over the years, the initial association led to the creation of a dozen others across France. They then gradually regrouped and today form a unified group.


After 1945, “the Glorious Thirty” years of France's industrial development saw the emergence of other risk categories, in many areas such as: transport, nuclear power and electronics. Apave, in constant contact with industrial realities, has adapted to changes in technologies and the resulting prevention means and methods.




Did you know ?

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Apave was at the origin of the creation of the CEOC (European Confederation of Inspection Bodies) and is one of the pioneers in European collaboration!

Progress is only worthwhile if it does not compromise the lives of individuals.

Ernest Zuber
Ernest Zuber
Apave'S founder

Over 150 years

of trust

The women and men of Apave work tirelessly to ensure that the major changes of our time, such as digitisation, sustainable development or internationalisation, combine performance with safety. 


Our customers can count on our commitment towards them, so that they can carry out their activities safely and effectively.