We are an independent family-owned Group
Founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne and his brothers, Sonepar has grown steadily, while maintaining its entrepreneurial values. Fifty years down the road, our Group is still independent. Sonepar has expanded with the support of its family shareholders, and by investing in the skills of its associates.
We focus on the long term
Every day, everywhere, the involvement of our people is what ensures our success. They maintain close relationships with thousands of customers, suppliers and business partners.
We give men and women priority status:
Earning the trust of our customers is how we achieve profitable growth.
We recognize talent, we invest in training and we encourage internal promotions throughout our Group.
We develop robust partnerships with high-quality manufacturers.
… and on consistent results
We hold world leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services.
Our Group operates at the heart of a global market —and with major potential for expansion. There is an increasingly broad range of applications for electrical equipment, product technology is evolving and there is a growing need for new services.
Both global and local
Our DNA is unique. A balance between local initiative and global operations underlies our business growth.
We leave it up to the men and women working at our subsidiaries to respond to customer needs, because they have thorough knowledge of their markets. Shared local initiative leads to global success. Strategic global policies validated by all are implemented to enhance our operational excellence and serve our customers more effectively.
2021 was a historic year for Sonepar. The Group broke a new record after 2019 and recorded sales of 26.4 billion euros, with 18% autonomous growth.
Sonepar is currently undergoing an ambitious and challenging transformation, serving customers with an omnichannel digital experience, promoting best-in-class sustainability, and ensuring our associates a diverse and inclusive working environment.
2021 was the year of laying the foundations for our digital transformation. Sonepar launched Spark omnichannel platform in four countries and is continuing its global deployment in 2022. With Spark, Sonepar strives to become the first electrical equipment distributor in the world to offer all customers a fully digital and synchronized experience.
In 2021 we also renewed Sonepar’s brand identity and unveiled a new logo. The ellipses – the two, interlocking orbits that represent Sonepar’s unique balance of global scale and local empowerment– have been simplified in order to work powerfully wherever they appear. Sonepar’s new identity is modern, bold, and designed for an omnichannel experience
Let’s have a look at the official Group Key Figures in 2021:
We led the market:
- 26.4 billion euros in sales (30% online) – 31st December 2021
- Over 40 countries
- #1 in 11 countries
- 1 million order lines per day
With a powerful network:
- 45,000 associates
- Over 100 brands
- 2,800 branches
- 150 distribution centers
For a positive impact
- #1 in sales of energy efficient products
- Aligned with 1.5°C target
- 230 Sustainability initiatives
Philippe Delpech, Sonepar CEO commented, “Thanks to a unique combination of a long-term horizon, best-in-class leadership, an engaged workforce and demanding corporate governance, Sonepar has built an undisputed leadership position in B2B electrical product distribution, systems, and services. I would like to thank our 45,000 associates for their engagement and their professionalism all throughout the year. You all contributed to an incredible 2021 performance, and I am very confident that we will be able to grow together in 2022, which will be for sure, another turning point in Sonepar’s history.”
Sonepar is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services. Through a dense network of 100 brands spanning 40 countries, the Group has an ambitious transformation agenda to become the first global B-to-B electrical distributor to provide a fully digitalized and synchronized omnichannel experience to all customers. Drawing on the skill and passion of its 45,000 associates, Sonepar had sales of €26.4 billion in 2021. Sonepar makes its customers’ lives easier, over the counter, visiting customers, by phone or online, – however we’re needed. www.sonepar.com
Sonepar in Singapore
Sonepar in Singapore is a multi-specialist, focused on four key market segments: Industrial Automation, Commercial Electrical, Project Lighting and Energy Infrastructure. In January 2021, Cable Solutions and Oakwell Distribution rebranded as Sonepar to form the foundation of the new Sonepar in Singapore. www.sonepar.com.sg
Global and LocalTools for sharing experience
One of Sonepar’s key assets is that we are able to encourage and promote synergies across the entire Group. And to facilitate the dissemination of good practices and the sharing of knowledge and experience. To that end, we have deployed tools like Yammer (a corporate social network) and MySonepar (a Group-wide intranet) which allow users to share information, knowledge, experience and initiatives so that they can be disseminated faster throughout the Group.
Global and LocalSonepar International Committees
Starting in 1991, Sonepar has set up several international committees. They bring together managers from various countries and experts in such areas as IT, logistics, finance, legal, compliance and human resources. The committees report information from local entities to senior management and share expertise and good practices as a means to develop and disseminate concrete solutions faster and more efficiently. Marketing teams network internationally to improve the management of product segments, innovations and market opportunities. Those networks communicate and pool their experience.
Created in 1991, the SJC (Sonepar Junior Committee) brings together executives who are assigned the task of going deeper into strategic issues submitted to them by the Group’s Executive Leadership.