Henri Coisne and Léopold Lambert
Business partnership between the Coisne and Lambert families in northern France.
Société de Négoce et de Participation
Eleven Coisne and Lambert family members join together to create Sonepar, a holding company for their non-textile holdings. Henri Coisne...
Entry into the electrical equipment business
Acquisition of Comptoir d’Électricité Franco-Belge and first steps in electrical material distribution.
Start of an acquisition policy
Over the decade, Sonepar buys up electrical material distributors in several parts of France.
Expansion in Europe
Buyout of a group of companies in Germany and the Netherlands, followed by expansion into Spain, Italy and Belgium.
Full national coverage in France
Sonepar Distribution covers 100% of mainland France. Entry into the Canadian market.
Number one provider in France
Acquisition of CGE Distribution, France’s leading electrical equipment distributor.
Change at the top
Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is appointed Group Chairman. Sonepar gains a foothold in the United States.
Rexel and Sonepar divide up the assets of Hagemeyer (then the world’s third leading provider). Sonepar futher extends its network in Europe,...
Strategic strengthening of the integrated supply chain business
Buyout of IDG in the US, to become Vallen in 2016.
Sonepar as global leader
Sonepar does business in 44 countries through 167 operating companies. Its 44,500 associates around the world generate sales of €21.6...