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Innovation

The people at Sonepar seem to keep a pulse on markets and market trends, as well as on customers and customer needs. The new technology they propose is always the very latest and extremely helpful.

RUSTY SPRADLEY, WORLD ELECTRIC SUPPLY (UNITED STATES)

Integration

Nothing has really changed. We have all the freedom we need for our company to continue to grow by drawing on its strengths. We were most pleasantly surprised by the availability and involvement of our colleagues. We weren’t expecting that from a company of this size. There are many differences between an independent entrepreneur and a global group. The biggest one is regular reporting.

CASPER GERRITSEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR VAN EGMOND GROUP – NETHERLANDS (MAY 2015)

Belonging to a group like Sonepar offers security. With that kind of protection, I really feel reassured.

ANA CADENAS, HISPANOFIL SALESPERSON, VALLADOLID (SPAIN)

Yes, when I joined the Group, I could see it would be easy to become a part of the Sonepar family. Everyone at NorthEast Electrical Distributors treated me with a warm welcome and offered their support to help me succeed in my new role within the organization.

STAN BANALEWICZ, MANAGER OF CDC OPERATIONS, NORTHEAST ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS (UNITED STATES)

There were no surprises for us when we entered the Group. Sonepar has shown us that we form a genuine family and we are proud to be part of it. In just a short time, we had a visit from the Executive Chairman and the Board of Directors. What we appreciate is that almost nothing has changed since we joined Sonepar. Right from the start, I felt comfortable, since I am working the same way as when I was the company boss.

ROBERTO PAYARO, CEO NORTEL SUPRIMENTOS INDUSTRIAIS BRAZIL (SEPTEMBER 2015)

It wasn’t easy for me, as someone working in a small company, to join a large group in 2014. But I ultimately found a family at Sonepar as well. Since then, I have taken four courses that enabled me to progress and constantly improve my business skills.

EDDIE YUNG PAT KIN, MANAGER, HIP TUNG CABLES COMPANY (HONG KONG)

Investment

We have successfully held our ground or even pulled ahead of the competition in what has often been an uncertain market. In France, where the business climate was poor, we continued to reorganize and invest in logistics to ensure higher-quality service. In Belgium, where we integrated two new entities, we gained market share and achieved better results. Our business improved in Italy and Spain, where a return to growth is under way.

PATRICK SALVADORI, SOUTHERN EUROPE REGION PRESIDENT

While other companies were withdrawing from specific markets due to the uncertain environment, we scheduled and carried out major investments. At over €200 million, these investments are in fact the largest in our history. The common purpose of all those investments is to boost our operational excellence-the surest way to deliver better customer service.

MARIE-CHRISTINE COISNE-ROQUETTE, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Information technologies

To prepare for the changeover to digital, we’ve worked on introducing or converging shared IT tools and on making the most of our synergies. Our ICT Committee has assisted the country organizations with the transformation.

PATRICK SALVADORI, SOUTHERN EUROPE REGION PRESIDENT