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Rexel, accelerating electrical advances


Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies and services, serves three main end markets: industrial, commercial and residential. Through providing innovative electrical solutions and equipments, we improve comfort, performance, and energy efficiency.

The Group is the preferred partner of all professionals in the electrical chain from electricians to key industrial accounts and equipment manufacturers. For all its customers, Rexel offers a unique range of electrical supplies in terms of its breadth and availability. Rexel operates in 37 countries with 2,100 branches, a distribution network of more than 40 banners and 28,000 employees.


Throughout the world, it is accelerating electrical advances in close collaboration with its customers and partners. Thanks to its strategy for growth, based on conquering new sales opportunities, its operational excellence, and sound financial base, Rexel is a world leader and benchmark in the electrical market.

In 2011, Rexel recorded sales of €12.7 billion.




A constantly evolving group


For over 40 years, Rexel has been growing by anticipating the needs of its markets and customers. It remains one step ahead with its offer of innovative solutions of electrical supplies for professionals in the industrial, residential, and commercial sectors.


2009 : launch of LEAD 2011, a dynamic company strategy to explore new growth avenues (new energies, large infrastructure projects)
2008: acquisition of the major European assets of Hagemeyer (No. 3 worldwide)
2007 : Initial public offering of Rexel (Euronext Paris, SBF 120 index)
2006 : Rexel acquires Gexpro (formerly GE Supply) in USA
2005 : 100% of the share capital of Rexel is acquired by a consortium of investors led by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Eurazeo and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.
2000 : operations start in China and Canada
1999 : expansion into Eastern Europe
1998 : initial operations in Australia and New Zealand
1993 : CDME changes its name to Rexel
1990 : acquired by the PPR group 

1986 : entry into the US market
1983 : listed on the Second Marché of the Paris stock exchange
1980 : initial expansion in Europe 

1967 : creation in France of CDME (Compagnie de Distribution de Matériel Electrique)


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