Who we are
Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products and related services.
Founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne, Sonepar, electrical equipment distributor, grew rapidly thanks to the ongoing support of its family shareholders, organizing and structuring its business of electrical equipment distribution.
A group of European stature as of 1982, Sonepar is now enlarging its international footprint through targeted acquisitions around the world. The integration of substantial Hagemeyer assets in 2008 marks a major step forward in that direction.
Today, with 21.6 billion euros of revenue (31 December 2017), Sonepar is represented by 167 operating companies spanning 44 countries on five continents. It is at the heart of a €251 billion global market which, due to the growing number of applications for electrical equipment, fast-changing product technologies, and the need for new services, has considerable further potential.
Sonepar’s business involves seeking out manufacturers and identifying and selecting the electrical equipment and technical solutions best suited to market requirements and then making them available to its own customers – generally electricity professionals – in the right place, at the right time and at the right price. Its logistics expertise, which serves a dense distribution network, ensures efficient, reliable and rapid distribution of high-quality products.
2016 AT A GLANCE
- Sales : €20.6 billion
- Presence : 44 countries
- Associates : 43,000
- Branches : 2,800
SONEPAR IN 10 KEY POINTS
- A permanent nucleus of family shareholders
- Core business: technical wholesaling
- Steady, strong growth
- International expansion
- Targeted acquisitions
- Dense local networks
- Dedicated people
- A professional-to-professional network
- Technical and logistics expertise
- A culture designed to serve its partners