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Joining forces – in a pan-European competence group!
Concentration processes in the B2B have been developing continuously in Europe for many years, both on the part of dealers and suppliers, as well as among purchasing associations. The aim of these mergers and cooperations is not only to achieve a critical mass, but also to gain advantages through synergies and cost savings.
Against this background, it is right – more than ever in today’s economic situation – to join forces at the level of purchasing associations and major groups in Europe. We are firmly convinced that we can only become more successful as a group if we create synergies and exchange know-how and experience among ourselves.
We think European, we act globally on the purchasing side, without losing sight of the regional focus of our members and customers. Together with trusted partners, both on the supplier and on the purchasing group side, we have founded a new pan-European competence group:
EHN – European Hardware Network.
Agrupación de Suministros industriales de España, S.L. (ASIDE) based in Vitoria – Gasteiz is considered Spain´s most important pure industrial purchasing organisations. It was founded in 1989 and is made up of 36 partners with 59 points of sale and a total of 980 employees in the Spanish territory.
ASIDE has a clear industrial vocation that allows it to be the right partner between manufacturers and companies in Spain, with a sales force of more than 200 people with the aim of providing personalised attention to its customers in the professional sector.
EHLIS was founded in 1898 as a family business and has been successfully developed ever since. Today, EHLIS S.A., with its main offices and warehouse installations in Barcelona, a new built warehouse in Illescas, Madrid, and numerous Cash&Carry points of sale is one of the leading Spanish purchasing and marketing organisations in the distribution of hardware and industrial supply products.
Its history is based on three pillars: people, technological innovation and research and, thus, is able to offer the best service to its customers with an extensive range of products in the fields of hardware, DIY, gardening, household goods and industrial supply products.
In our consortium, CDU (Consorzio Distributori Utensili), with our members we have more than 1000 years of experience in selling tools on the Italian market. Our 25 independent member companies with 36 subsidiaries develop more than EUR 180 million of turnover. Since 30 years we join forces in one catalogue, own warehouse in Caponago and marketing activities.
e + h Services AG, based in Däniken, has been supplying Swiss dealers with high-quality branded goods for over 90 years, including as an authorised distributor for well-known national and international brands. With our approximately 130 competent and committed employees, we are the interface between manufacturers at home and abroad as well as specialist retailers, department stores, wholesalers and online providers throughout Switzerland – all of whom benefit from fast delivery and reliable service.
Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler (E/D/E) is the European services and systems provider for industrial B2B companies. E/D/E has around 1,200 affiliated members, primarily specialist wholesalers supplying commercial customers in the craft trades and industry, as well as local authorities. They deal mainly in tools and machines, industrial supply, fittings and building components, products for personal protective equipment (PPE), the technical trade and building services, and in steel.
As a high-performance centralised systems service, E/D/E provides comprehensive support to help members raise their competitiveness by means of central purchasing, logistics, marketing, digital services and financial services. This family-owned business with over 1,100 employees has been a successful operator in the market since 1931, and is now active in 29 European countries.
Ferney is the most important full-service hardware purchasing group for A brands, for wholesalers in construction and industry, with strong private brands, with currently 40 independently operating members in the Netherlands and Belgium. We successfully combine benefits in the areas of purchasing, IT solutions, marketing, logistics and finance.
CECOFERSA is the largest Industrial Supply and Hardware distribution chain in Spain and Portugal. It has 145 associated companies and more than 250 points of sale distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula and Andorra.
CECOFERSA has been working for nearly 30 years in the search for new services that support its member companies in the development of their businesses in a changing and competitive environment and for this purpose it works with the best national and international brands.
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