More than
50 years’ expertise

It all started in 1966 when André Guichard asked his son Jean-Pierre to join him in creating the first catalogue sales company in France. Over the years, the small company has evolved to become a 'mid-cap' company on a European scale, with 26 subsidiaries and over 500,000 items available!

Our history

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Our key dates

  1. IronmongeryDirect obtains the 'Best Workplaces UK' label and Manutan France 'Best Workplaces France' for the 4th year in a row
  2. Acquisition of Kruizinga, specialist in the online distribution of storage and transport equipment in Benelux
  3. Manutan Belgium is certified 'Best Workplaces'
  4. Launch of Manutan’s own brand
    Strengthened presence on the British tradespeople market with the acquisition of Essex Electrical Wholesalers
  5. Acquisition of Papeteries Pichon, specialist in the distribution of school supplies to nurseries and primary schools in France
  6. Acquisition of IronmongeryDirect in the United Kingdom, specialist in the distribution of hardware products to tradespeople, and Ikaros Cleantech in Sweden and Finland, specialist in environmental protection products
  7. Acquisition of Sports et Loisirs (Casal Sport), specialist in sports equipment for schools, local councils and federations in France
  8. Opening of the Group’s European Centre in Gonesse (France), symbol of the Group’s uniqueness, ambitions and business, human and environmental vision
  9. Strengthened presence on the local authorities market with the acquisition of Camif Collectivités in France, which is renamed as Manutan Collectivités
  10. Acquisition of Rapid Racking in the United Kingdom, specialist in shelving and storage solutions
  11. The symbolic milestone of 500 million euros in turnover is passed
  12. Establishment in Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland
  13. Creation of the first range of European products
  14. Launch of the first commercial websites and provision of e-procurement solutions for Key Accounts
  15. Acquisition of Metro Storage Systems in the Republic of Ireland
  16. Acquisition of Plus in the Czech Republic, Fabritec in Switzerland and Euroquipment in the United Kingdom and founding of the company Witre OY in Finland
  17. Legal restructuring of the Group’s parent: Manutan International, the Group’s holding company
  18. Founding of the Portuguese subsidiary
  19. Acquisition of Overtoom, market leader in the Netherlands and Belgium, and establishment of Witre in Denmark
  20. Acquisition of Witre AB in Sweden and Witre A/S in Norway
  21. Founding of the German subsidiary
  22. Founding of the Italian subsidiary
  23. Flotation on the Paris Stock Exchange’s secondary market
  24. Founding of Manutan in Belgium
  25. Founding of the subsidiary Key Industrial Equipment in the United Kingdom
  26. Founding of Manutan, the first French industrial equipment catalogue sales company, by André and Jean-Pierre Guichard