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Today Sonepar is a fully independent company in the hands of the Coisne family, a world pioneer in the B2B distribution of electrical installation material and related services.

Sonepar was founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne as a distributor of electrical material, and since then has enjoyed stable and fast growth under the guidance of the family shareholders. They have moulded Sonepar into a highly structured, high-performance organisation.

After Sonepar proceeded with its first foreign acquisitions in 1982 making it a player of European significance, a far-reaching strategy of specific take-overs combined with strong organic growth have today made Sonepar the world market leader in the B2B distribution of electrical material. The take-over of a large part of Hagemeyer’s activities in 2008 was a major step forward in this process.

Today, with 190 separate entities, Sonepar has a presence in 41 countries on five continents. Together they realised a turnover of 16.3 billion euros in 2013. Sonepar is accordingly a leader in a market with a worldwide value of 200 billion euros, and fast technological evolutions and the constantly growing need for new services mean the concern still has considerable potential for growth.

The strength of Sonepar lies in the ability to consistently succeed in offering its customers the right manufacturers, the right technologies, at the right time and at an attractive price. Deliveries are ensured through an extremely high-performance and dense logistics network.



Compliance is everyone’s responsibility at Sonepar, everyday in everything we do” said Philippe Delpech, CEO of Sonepar.

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