19
May

This year's electrical wholesale conference took place from 9.-11. May in Brussels. Hans Hanegreefs, the secretary of the European Association, and his team, have once again set up a good and engaging program.

This year's electrical wholesale conference took place from 9.-11. May in Brussels. Hans Hanegreefs, the secretary of the European Association, and his team, have once again set up a good and engaging program.

For the past 18 years, EMR has always been present at the various European meetings, partly as a speaker, which is why we want to take a critical look at the association's meeting, wondering if an international conference of such an important branch of Industry still meets the expectations for the future.

The lectures of e.g. Ian Heller and, in particular, the lecture on China by Pascal Coppens have stood out in particular. Unfortunately, many native speakers (as lecturers) forget too often that for most people attending an international conference English / American is a foreign language, either they speak too fast or too complicated. For most listeners, their knowledge is sufficient for small talk, but not for a corresponding qualified lecture; therefore, it would be desirable for the presenter to adapt his speech accordingly. Years ago, this was more taken into account and the lectures were translated simultaneously, but unfortunately this has been discontinued.

The invitation to the conference was followed by 258 people, of which 139 were manufacturers, 100 electrical wholesalers (from associations or wholesale groups or independent companies) and 19 others.

Already these figures show that more manufacturers were at the wholesale conference than wholesalers themselves. In Europe there are about 2,800 electrical wholesalers with a total of approx. more than 12,000 branches and one may ask why it is that the majority of wholesalers did not participate at the Annual meeting of their own association: was it because of the program, or was it because  of the cost of the conference ( with flight, accommodation, participation fees, etc. you have to pay at least 1.300, - EUR altogether!!),or was it simply because the majority of national wholesalers knew nothing of the European conference of their association.

For years, the conference has followed the same pattern and perhaps the organizers of the European electrical wholesale association would have to scrutinize the different points in order to become more attractive and come up with better solutions and procedures in order to reach a greater acceptance in the future. The European electrical wholesaler would deserve it.

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16
May

EUEW Conference 2019 in Brussels 9-11 May 2019

EUEW Conference 2019 in Brussels 9-11 May 2019

Outgoing President Ulrich Liedtke from Würth from 2017-2019

Incoming President Alexander Dewulf from Sonepar Belgium from 2019-2021

Next President Henk Oude Brunink from itsme from 2021-2023

Secretary General  Hans Hanegreefs

Next EUEW Conference in Barcelona 4-6 June 2020

The regulation at the EUEW is such that the presidency changes every 2 years, once the president is coming from an independent wholesaler, as now U.Liedtke from Würth in Germany, then the next president comes from a wholesale group like in this case A.Dewulf from Sonepar Belgium , then again an independent wholesaler (2021 Henk of itsme from the Netherlands), etc.

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Solar from Denmark took over the HVAC business segment of Onninen AB in Sweden;

Solar from Denmark took over the HVAC business segment of Onninen AB in Sweden; this was previously agreed with the parent company Kesko from Finland. The purchase price amounts to 45 m DKK (6 m EUR).

The acquisition now strengthens the heating, plumbing, and air conditioning activities of Solar in Sweden, and has an impact on the year-end forecast for 2019. Solar now expects sales of at least 11.6 bn DKK (1.6 bn EUR).

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The Würth Group's total revenue in 2018 increased by 7.1%

The Würth Group's total revenue in 2018 increased by 7.1% to 13.6 bn EUR (previously 12.7 bn EUR). The operating result increased from 780 m EUR to 870 m EUR, ie. an increase of 11.5%.

The electrical wholesale business (which belongs to the Allied Companies) reached 1.67 bn EUR, an increase of a remarkable 12.9%. 4,478 people are employed in this segment.

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Sacchi, a member of the Sonepar Group, took over the electrical wholesaler Demo Elettroforniture from Casale Monferrato on 7 May 2019.

Sacchi, a member of the Sonepar Group, took over the electrical wholesaler Demo Elettroforniture from Casale Monferrato on 7 May 2019. Demo has 35 branches, employs about 300 people and has an annual turnover of 118 m EUR.

With this recent acquisition, Sonepar's sales in Italy will increase to approx. 1,250 m EUR p.a.

Demo was until now connected to the Findea marketing association, which in turn belongs to the international IDEE-Group; this membership will now be terminated.

This take-over still needs to be approved by the relevant competition authorities.

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05
May

Sonepar increased its sales by 4.1% to a new high of

Sonepar increased its sales by 4.1% to a new high of 22.4 bn EUR from 21.6 bn EUR in 2017.

Europe accounts for € 11.2 bn EUR (50.2%), America 9.6 bn EUR (42.7%) and Asia / Pacific 1.6 bn EUR (7.1%).

The number 1 in Europe is Germany with 2,826 m EUR, followed by France with 2,335 m EUR, and the Netherlands with 1539 m EUR and Italy with 1,116 m EUR.

In America, it was the United States with 7,382 m EUR, followed by Canada with 1,099 and Mexico with 505 m EUR.  

In the Asian-Pacific region, the number 1 was Australia with 591 m EUR, followed by China (mainland) with 387 m EUR.

54% is done with contractors, 28% with industrial customers. In automation and infrastructure it is 34%, in cables and wires 16% and the lighting sector is 15%.

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