Our story


Passion, daring, respect, transparency, solidarity and exemplarity are the values that drive us and make us successful.

Specialist in underground mining equipment and services for more than 30 years, the french family business is present in 88 countries with 3 areas of expertise: equipment manufacturer, underground mining solutions, and distributor of recognized brands in our industry.
Developping innovative solutions also allows us to demonstrate our CSR commitment through products that respect the environment and the safety of women and men. Our concern for exemplarity and our rigorous ethics are the keys of our Excellency.

The story begins…

40 years ago with Jacques and Angèle Melkonian, a couple of passionate and ambitious entrepreneurs.

This united and visionary couple is driven by an ambition: becoming the reference partner of French underground operations! A reputation in precision mechanics, a common passion for a job well done and customer satisfaction.

Thus, in the 1960s, the company invents the formula: STANDARD EXCHANGE to guarantee the operation of equipment 24 hours a day. This innovative formula is still a reference today.

In the 90s, Geneviève, Marc & Christophe Melkonian, their children, created the Melkonian Group with the ambition of becoming a French manufacturer of mining machines: a successful bet.

Today, the Family Group, proves that they know how to reinvent themselves over successive crises, to establish themselves as a world leader in the field, thanks to their entrepreneurial passion at the heart of the history.

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