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