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Leaving a sustainable legacy of excellence among our customers

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Who we are

We're in tune with the Energy and Chemical industry because we emerged from the industry. We thrive on tackling the challenges facing our industry.

We attract the best and brightest, fusing technology with talent to deliver superior results, sustained.

We respect the past by handing on our decades of knowledge to the future. We embrace a new generation of digital natives with new technologies and business models.

We create and sustain value by effectively implementing leading best practices and technology, powered by the cloud.

Our customers achieve operating performance that surpasses ordinary standards, now and into the future.

Read about our leadership team

Working with us

We live excellence in all we create and in all the services we deliver. We leave a sustainable legacy of operational excellence among our customers.

Located in 19 principal offices around the world, KBC speaks your language. We understand the unique situation of your business and can tailor advice and solutions that consider your specific market conditions, regulations, resource constraints and practices.

We have strategic partnerships with well-known industry players and together we bring best-in-class capabilities to provide increasing business value and build long term relationships with our customers.

Read our customer case studies

Our industries

We address challenges across upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, chemicals and power.

Our industry is geo-politically sensitive, capital intensive and entails high commercial and physical risk. It is essential that our customers achieve the best possible return on capital employed.

We are focused on effectively converting your strategy to results through technical and commercial excellence, underpinned by engineering simulation and analytics, systematized through operational technology and IT, all powered by the cloud.

Our solutions deliver safe, reliable and profitable operations which lower your costs and capital employed, maximize revenues, produce better results more reliably, make you more competitive and improve your ability to grow market share.

Find out about our industry solutions

1979

KBC founded in London, UK by Krikor Krikorian, John Brice and Peter Close

Early offerings involve oil refinery yield and energy efficiency optimization.

1982

KBC’s first major simulation software package for distillation processes

Release of Distop, KBC's first major simulation software package for distillation processes. Followed shortly by Vistop for visbreaking and Catop for thermal cracking processes.

1983

New office opens

First North American office opens in New Orleans

1988

Launch of Petrofine, KBC’s general process simulation system

First refinery-wide flowsheets and yield and energy efficiency surveys.

First Asia-Pacific office opens in Singapore.

1993

Sigmafine launched and PIPs developed

Launch of Sigmafine, KBC’s data reconciliation tool for material balance and accounting.

Profit Improvement Programs (PIPs) developed from yield and energy efficiency surveys.

1995

Implementation services roll-out

Roll-out of on-site implementation services to sustain benefits identified in PIPs.

1996

New office opens

Office opens in Calgary, Canada.

1997

Listed on the London Stock Exchange

KBC floats on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

Office opens in Breda, The Netherlands.

New solutions in plant reliability, availability, maintenance, supply chain planning and scheduling integrated into PIPs.

1998

Software acquired from Honeywell

Profimatics kinetic reactor simulation software acquired from Honeywell and merged with KBC’s existing reactor models which are then retired.

Alliance formed with Hyprotech Ltd to develop HYSYS. Refinery, combining Petrofine with Hyprotech's HYSYS.

Office opens in Tokyo, Japan.

1999

Sigmafine sold to OSIsoft

2002

Acquired market research and pinch technology companies

Market research company Petroleum Economics Ltd acquired.

Linhoff March Ltd (leader in pinch technology) acquired.

Office opens in Northwich, UK.

2004

Petro-SIM launched

Petro-SIM launched for plant-wide steady state and dynamic simulation and optimization and merged with Petrofine, which is then retired.

2006

Acquisition of pinch technology and operational excellence consulting companies

TTS Performance Systems Inc, international leaders in consulting, personnel development and operational excellence acquired.

Acquires Veritech Inc experts in pinch technology.

KBC moves public listing to Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

2012

Acquired PVT and flow assurance modeling software

Infochem Computer Systems Ltd acquired for PVT and flow assurance modelling software.

Petro-SIM released for upstream oil and gas facilities.

2014

Acquired pipeline network simulation software

Acquired FEESA Ltd, a specialized software and services company for pipeline network simulation.

2016

Acquired by Yokogawa

KBC acquired by Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

Industrial Evolution Inc ( IIoT cloud services provider) and Soteica Visual Mesa LLC (utilities real-time optimization, scheduling and yield accounting software) both recently acquired by Yokogawa integrated into KBC.

New offices in the USA (Phoenix, AZ and Scituate, MA), Canada (Edmonton, AB) and Argentina (Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Rosario).

2017

Partnerships and new products

Strategic partnership formed with Baker Hughes – A GE Company.

Petro-SIM integrates with PI System from OSIsoft.

Launch of KBC Co-Pilot program.

KBC reactor models installed at every single conversion unit for three of top four US refiners.

Partnership formed with Equipsys.

Ebullating bed reactor simulation technology acquired from Princeton Process Engineers.

2018

Digitalization

KBC launches Energy and Sustainability Co-Pilot and establishes hub in Singapore

Published the KBC Digitalization Manifesto

Collaboration and partnership with Phillip Townsend Associates, Inc.

Interoperability and partnership between Cost Engineering's Cleopatra Enterprise & Petro-SIM®

Reseller agreement for PETRO, the LP
technology from Chevron

A strategic partnership with HTRI

Partnership with OLI Systems

2019

Digital twin

Launches Petro-SIM v7 - Embrace the Science, Empower your People and Enter Digital.

Released Petro-SIM® and Petro-SIM Integrator for the OSIsoft PI System®

Launches VM-MPO v6 – lookahead energy optimization

1979

KBC founded in London, UK by Krikor Krikorian, John Brice and Peter Close

Early offerings involve oil refinery yield and energy efficiency optimization.

1982

KBC’s first major simulation software package for distillation processes

Release of Distop, KBC's first major simulation software package for distillation processes. Followed shortly by Vistop for visbreaking and Catop for thermal cracking processes.

1983

New office opens

First North American office opens in New Orleans

1988

Launch of Petrofine, KBC’s general process simulation system

First refinery-wide flowsheets and yield and energy efficiency surveys.

First Asia-Pacific office opens in Singapore.

1993

Sigmafine launched and PIPs developed

Launch of Sigmafine, KBC’s data reconciliation tool for material balance and accounting.

Profit Improvement Programs (PIPs) developed from yield and energy efficiency surveys.

1995

Implementation services roll-out

Roll-out of on-site implementation services to sustain benefits identified in PIPs.

1996

New office opens

Office opens in Calgary, Canada.

1997

Listed on the London Stock Exchange

KBC floats on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

Office opens in Breda, The Netherlands.

New solutions in plant reliability, availability, maintenance, supply chain planning and scheduling integrated into PIPs.

1998

Software acquired from Honeywell

Profimatics kinetic reactor simulation software acquired from Honeywell and merged with KBC’s existing reactor models which are then retired.

Alliance formed with Hyprotech Ltd to develop HYSYS. Refinery, combining Petrofine with Hyprotech's HYSYS.

Office opens in Tokyo, Japan.

1999

Sigmafine sold to OSIsoft

2002

Acquired market research and pinch technology companies

Market research company Petroleum Economics Ltd acquired.

Linhoff March Ltd (leader in pinch technology) acquired.

Office opens in Northwich, UK.

2004

Petro-SIM launched

Petro-SIM launched for plant-wide steady state and dynamic simulation and optimization and merged with Petrofine, which is then retired.

2006

Acquisition of pinch technology and operational excellence consulting companies

TTS Performance Systems Inc, international leaders in consulting, personnel development and operational excellence acquired.

Acquires Veritech Inc experts in pinch technology.

KBC moves public listing to Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

2012

Acquired PVT and flow assurance modeling software

Infochem Computer Systems Ltd acquired for PVT and flow assurance modelling software.

Petro-SIM released for upstream oil and gas facilities.

2014

Acquired pipeline network simulation software

Acquired FEESA Ltd, a specialized software and services company for pipeline network simulation.

2016

Acquired by Yokogawa

KBC acquired by Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

Industrial Evolution Inc ( IIoT cloud services provider) and Soteica Visual Mesa LLC (utilities real-time optimization, scheduling and yield accounting software) both recently acquired by Yokogawa integrated into KBC.

New offices in the USA (Phoenix, AZ and Scituate, MA), Canada (Edmonton, AB) and Argentina (Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Rosario).

2017

Partnerships and new products

Strategic partnership formed with Baker Hughes – A GE Company.

Petro-SIM integrates with PI System from OSIsoft.

Launch of KBC Co-Pilot program.

KBC reactor models installed at every single conversion unit for three of top four US refiners.

Partnership formed with Equipsys.

Ebullating bed reactor simulation technology acquired from Princeton Process Engineers.

2018

Digitalization

KBC launches Energy and Sustainability Co-Pilot and establishes hub in Singapore

Published the KBC Digitalization Manifesto

Collaboration and partnership with Phillip Townsend Associates, Inc.

Interoperability and partnership between Cost Engineering's Cleopatra Enterprise & Petro-SIM®

Reseller agreement for PETRO, the LP
technology from Chevron

A strategic partnership with HTRI

Partnership with OLI Systems

2019

Digital twin

Launches Petro-SIM v7 - Embrace the Science, Empower your People and Enter Digital.

Released Petro-SIM® and Petro-SIM Integrator for the OSIsoft PI System®

Launches VM-MPO v6 – lookahead energy optimization

Yokogawa

KBC is proud to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation.

The integration of KBC’s distinct consulting and software capabilities with Yokogawa’s excellence in the industrial automation field will ensure we continue to deliver superior results for our clients, and that those results are sustained over the long term. With Yokogawa we are able to accelerate our strategy which is centered on making our clients world-class in terms of operational excellence and profitability.

Together we will co-innovate for the future.

Visit the Yokogawa website

Who we work with

We are privileged to work with the leaders in the global Energy and Chemical industry - multi-national, national and independent oil companies; integrated petrochemical and chemical producers and distributors; utility power generators and distributors; renewable energy generators and wholesalers.

Case Studies

Learn about the benefits our customers across the globe are experiencing from our software, consulting solutions, operational technology and IT services, and cloud solutions.

KBC Leadership

Led by CEO Andy Howell, a member of Yokogawa's global management team, our leadership team brings decades of technical and business experience in their area of responsibility. Together they are accountable for excellence inside KBC so our customers can achieve superior results, sustained.

Careers with KBC

People are our most important asset. KBC is all about excellence, making our customers world-class and keeping them there. We do this by recruiting the brightest, most experienced and approachable people and nurturing their talents so that, just like our customers, they can achieve their full potential.

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