SERVING FORESTERS




Sylvinov counts on its long experience in difficult environment mechanization to meet the needs of its customers.
The story of Sylvinov starts in 1907 in the biggest European cultivated forest with 2.8 million hectars, in the heart of the new region Aquitaine (France). The founder, Jacques Darriet (1873–1959), built a mechanical construction workshop in 1907.
Atelier Darriet                           The company moved in 1922 into forestry equipment, producing the first drum chopper, and was actively associated to the evolution of forest methods of the early 20th century.
It was first used for maintaining and clearing the undergrowth to prevent fire, sometimes with a water tank on it.
This technique of maintenance and brush cutting was innovative for the time, and is still used currently. In fact this tool was spread in France and in the world under its French name "Rouleau Landais".
In 1926, a “Darriet” drum chopper was used for the first time in Africa, Togo, for brush cutting in plantations. It was then, as it is now, appreciated for its robustness and efficiency at work.
Darriet’s son-in-law, Mr Ménard, took over the company in the early 60's and changed the name into Ménard-Darriet, keeping the family’s tradition.
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In 1984, the company was acquired by François Dubroca.
Mr Dubroca extended the range of products line in 1992 by merging with the Cullerier company (founded in Gironde in 1867); therefore Ménard-Darriet became Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier.
The Cullerier brand was renowned among the French foresters. The Cullerier ploughs, brush cutters, disc harrows and mulchers were integrated into the company’s know-how, offering to the clients a complete range of machinery for maintenance and reforestation.
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Sebastien HD

  In 2007 Sébastien Eloir took over the management of the company.
He carried on the action of his predecessors, taking their know-how, keeping the quality of work, but improving the productivity of the equipment.
In addition, Mr Eloir facilitated strategic alliances and partnerships, in order to provide a better service for both local and global customers, through for instance skidding and clearing equipment.

In 2012 the headquarters and the workshop are forced to leave the building they had been in since 1907, to a new building nearby in Labouheyre.
Batiment portes ouvertes

In 2014, Eider and Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier developed in partnership the first self-propelled rubber tracked vehicle for biomass mulching and exportation.
Chenillard MD TRACK 250 chenille caoutchouc

By the end of 2015 Ménard-Darriet-Cullerier became SYLVINOV as it acquired one of its local competitor Dematos. The company therefore reinforced its range of products and knowledge in mechanical engineering.
Meanwhile Sylvinov acquired a highly specialized company named SEP CHEZE located in Limousin (France) to accelerate its development in France. Dedicated to the manufacturing of specific parts and the mending of various equipment, this company was renamed CHEZE RVC.Through all these years SYLVINOV kept working internationally with its range of robust equipment, even innovating to offer new solutions for tropical plantations.
Therefore Sylvinov is now a designer, manufacturer and distributor of equipment for forest and plantations, in France and worldwide, specialized in custom mechanization for difficult environment.