Boreal continues its industrialization
By Fleur Olagnier, December 19, 2018
The civilian drone manufacturer Boreal plans to produce up to 15 machines within five years and is targeting the fossil fuel sector to internationalize.
Created by Michel Gavard in 1998, Boreal (5 employees; 2018 turnover: €500,000) made and integrates monitoring equipment on civilian drones. In 2014, the Castanet Tolosan company welcomed Marc Pollina, president of the satellite navigation specialist M3 Systems (30 employees; 2017 turnover: €3.5 million), to move into the industrialization phase. Unlike Delair or SkyTech, Boreal does not process data but focuses on development and the production thermal engine drones. She includes in particular the payload defined by its clients such as the Yellow Plane (agriculture), Onera or Météo France (science).
Soon 15 drones per year
In four years, the company has manufactured 14 drones with a wingspan of 4.3 m, capable of flying for at least 10 hours, up to 100 km/h, and carrying 10 payload kg. Within 2 years, Boreal is aiming for an annual production of 8 machines and 15 in five year. “We are also developing satellite communication rather than radio to send data and control the drone up to 100 km away”, supports the operational director Pierre Inti Hebrard Capdeville. Finally, Boreal is looking for partnerships in the oil sector for monitoring facilities abroad.