Who are we?
The Frans Bonhomme Group is the leading French distributor specialised in Public Works, Outdoor Fixtures and Fittings, On-Site Sanitation and Construction. Thanks to the complementary expertise of its 2,850 employees, the Group offers its customers–from Independent Contractors to Key Accounts–a unique range of products and services, and exceptional proximity with 438 sales outlets in France and Spain.
In 2019, the Group’s Executive Committee stepped up our commitment by signing a Charter of Good Conduct for socially and ethically responsible economic development, which states the following principles:
- We do business in a responsible manner, respecting current legislation;
- We make the health & safety of people as well as environmental protection our priorities;
- We ensure that our employees, suppliers, customers and partners respect international standards related to Human Rights;
- We have zero tolerance for acts of corruption and fraud, anti-competitive practices, discriminatory behaviour.
We invariably address issues beyond these commitments: ensuring quality of life in the workplace, promoting employee skill development and encouraging social dialogue are the foundations of our Human Resource and Corporate Social Responsibility Policies.
Our CSR policy is built on three pillars which incorporate the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact:
Our key figures
Mr. Frans Bonhomme opened his first building materials depot in Tours: the Etablissement F. Bonhomme. His goal was to provide a wide range of building materials for his customers in local construction businesses.
20 years later, the company experienced its first pivotal moment with the decision to specialize in networks. While visiting a trade show in Milano, Mr. Bonhomme discovered how plastic was being used for pipes and connectors which up until then had been made exclusively out of metal. A visionary with an innovation-driven entrepreneurial mindset, Mr. Bonhomme understood the advantages of this process for the construction business. He acquired the exclusive import license for this material in France. Easy to use, boasting valuable properties, this new material attracted great interest and was an immediate success.
The Blanzy Ouest company bought shares in Frans Bonhomme, marking the company’s second turning point, providing it with the means to expand nationwide. The Gennevilliers site opened in 1966, followed by Toulouse, Rouen, Belfort and Dijon.
The company continued to grow, opening its 100th site.
Over this 10-year period, the number of company sites doubled. Boasting exceptional and continuous growth, it opened over thirty sales outlets certain years.
Frans Bonhomme expanded its business beyond French borders with its SOT subsidiaries in Catalonia and MFB in the rest of Spain.
The company celebrated its 80th anniversary. Center Bridges Partners and Angelo Gordon investment funds became the main shareholders of the Frans Bonhomme Group in a context of an increasingly competitive and weakening sector. This new investment enabled the Group to reposition itself on solid ground and take advantage of improved market conditions.
This year, the Frans Bonhomme Group entered the third phase of its history, becoming a major player on a market in the throes of significant change. In December 2019, the Group bought Distribution de Matériaux pour les Travaux Publics (D.M.T.P), subsidiary of the Saint Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France Group. Founded in 2008, D.M.T.P is specialised in the sale of building materials for Public Works. Bringing our two companies together highlights the extremely complimentary nature of our businesses, providing a structural response to client-driven market evolutions. The Frans Bonhomme Group has consolidated its leadership status, and is boosting growth in line with its strategic plan, thanks namely to its network of over 410 sales outlets in France.
Customer Marketing, Services and Digital Transformation
Logistics, Procurement, Transport and Machine Shops
Human Resources, Safety, Environment
Jean-Marc Le Pallec
Frans Bonhomme Spain