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The ABC of KBC

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.

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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 22 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.

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

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.
KBC’s first major simulation software package for distillation processes

1983

New office opens

First North American office opens in New Orleans.
New office opens

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.
Launch of Petrofine, KBC’s general process simulation system

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.
Sigmafine launched and PIPs developed

1995

Implementation services roll-out

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

1996

New office opens

Office opens in Calgary, Canada.
New office opens

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.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange

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.
 Software acquired from Honeywell

1999

Sigmafine sold to OSIsoft

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.
Acquired market research and pinch technology companies

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.
Petro-SIM launched

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. 
Acquisition of pinch technology and operational excellence consulting companies

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.
Acquired PVT and flow assurance modeling software

2014

Acquired pipeline network simulation software

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

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).
Acquired by Yokogawa

2017

Partnerships, acquisitions 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 the top four US refiners.

Partnership formed with Equipsys.

Ebullating bed reactor simulation technology acquired from Princeton Process Engineers.

Partnerships, acquisitions and new products
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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.

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