On the lands of Ovalie, he transformed the essay by pursuing his visceral passion for the aerospace industry. Considered one of the fathers of nanosatellites, the Ruthenian is now developing radio navigation solutions with Syntony to equip satellites, connected objects, subways and tunnels around the world.
It is only a real luxury, and it is that of human relations. “Even before taking responsibility, Christian Bec had adopted the famous quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French aviator and writer. , passionate just like him about aeronautics.
Precisely where his dreams came to life. “Aviation was first of all a consuming passion for me. As a student, I took courses to obtain my pilot’s license. This suffocated me financially, jokes the general manager today. acquired a taste for aerospace with my DUT mechanical engineering option aerospace techniques just at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. “
Freshly graduated, he works – “this is my chance” – with the company Matra Marconi Space, today Airbus DS. “When I was 20, I joined the design office that was working on the Spot 3 and Spot 4 satellites.” A “moving” memory for the young man who discovers the clean rooms. The beginning of a long history with space.
After its acquisition by BTS Industrie, a spin-off of Matra Marconi Space, Christian Bec quickly took over the management of the design office, then of its sales department before buying the company in 2004. “Fortunately, I have an adorable woman. , my biggest fan, who followed me when we had to sell our house to buy the company, rewinds the engineer. But I remember that at the time, it was not easy to ask! “
Under its governance, BTS Industrie definitely takes the turn of “nanosatellites”; going from a turnover of 6.5 million turnover in 2004 to an ETI of 250 employees for 18 million turnover in 2010. The moment of its takeover by the Nexeya group. “I was keen to develop the company by boosting the first work in the nanosat industry.”
Hosted by Elon Musk
Considered to be one of the fathers of the subsidiary, he decided in 2016 to join Béatrice and Joël Korsakissok to help them buy Silicom Lab and launch Syntony. An idyll which is partly responsible for the South African billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motor.
“The meeting with Joël is quite amusing, laughs the Ruthénois. It was in San Francisco on the occasion of a trip organized by the CNES, in 2009. Elon Musk – he was not as well known as now – come to show us Space X. On leaving, Joël came to see me and said to me: what this guy is doing is great, we have to do the same with the little satellites. “
Six years later, the duo presided over the destiny of Syntony, a Toulouse start-up specializing in the development of GNSS localization solutions, the acronym for Geolocation and Navigation by a Satellite System. Clearly, Syntony is now able to simulate the orbiting positioning of a satellite even before take off. Syntony is also interested in cow flooring. Even below.
“Our solution consists of making all navigation systems work in places where they do not work, mainly road, metro or train tunnels, underground car parks”, summarizes the co-founder of Syntony, who is finally able to equip all vehicles. connected objects, the famous IOTs, GPS receivers 20 times less greedy than the competition …
With such a catalog, the Toulouse start-up, which currently employs 50 employees and hopes to recruit 4 times as many within 3 years, can reasonably believe in the future. “We are working on very high-tech, very high-end products and with the evolution of the market our growth curve objective is enormous, enthuses the Ruthénois who already sees Syntony as one of the future French unicorns, these start-up of the caliber of a Blablacar or a Doctolib, valued at more than a billion dollars …
“We are also planning an IPO in 2022, continues the former president of the Galaxy club and co-founder of French Tech Toulouse, of which he chaired for two terms.“ The prospects, you imagine, are enormous. After the Mont-Blanc tunnel that we have equipped or the Stockholm metro, we are currently in contact with around sixty subways around the world. “For Syntony, success awaits at the other end of the tunnel …
A passion for whiskey
A man of passions, Christian Bec gave life to one of his dreams: to afford a distillery to create a typical Aveyron whiskey. Since 2016, it is chosen made with the distillery of angels in Laguiole which markets under the brand Twelve, the very first whiskey from Aubrac. “We got together with twelve contributors to launch this project. A production from A to Z in the exceptional setting of a former presbytery in Laguiole.” Dedicated to catering to the domestic market, the small Aveyron brand is now looking bigger… or at least longer. “No one is a prophet in his country, they say. I therefore remain convinced that to acquire real credibility in France, you have to exist internationally,” sums up the boss. We are therefore going, with the support of Business France, to regions, Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Bpifrance, communities of municipalities, launch Twelve’s procedures for exports to the United States, Japan and to a lesser extent China. ” A tireless perfectionist, the Ruthenian has also decided to get more involved in the French Whiskey Federation, of which he has just joined the board of directors. For him, the ambition is clear: “to have a controlled designation of origin, an IGP, Whiskey de France. Brewing and distilling in France and aging at least three years in France seems to me the minimum.” In the meantime, he continues with the cellar master Florent Caston (photo), the development of the Twelve brand. “I embarked on the adventure as a little amateur. I had 4 or 5 bottles in my bar. I now have 150 open bottles in a showroom to test what is being done. That’s how we do it. getting better, right? “