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Logistics visit to Illescas, Toledo (Spain) under the motto „Learning from each other!“

During a visit to cooperation partner Cecofersa S.A. and the joint venture Delcredit España S.A. in mid-April, Peter Jüngst, CEO Logistics, building services, steel and construction equipment – together with Annegret Franzen (CEO EDE International AG) and Rafael Martin from Delcredit España – was able to see for himself the efficiency of Ehlis S.A.’s logistics centre in Illescas, Toledo which opened just over a year ago in 2023.

Armando Aldrey, Logistics Director at Ehlis, guided the visitors through the various warehouse areas together with Alejandro Ehlis (CEO Ehlis) and explained the extensive range of services offered by the state-of-the-art logistics site near Madrid.

Peter Jüngst was delighted with the flying visit and the insights: „We were particularly impressed by the effectiveness and the forward-thinking and state-of-the-art planning of the installations. No two logistics systems are the same – and we took away some interesting approaches!” Needless to say, we have made a return invitation to our logistics premises and are looking forward to the expert dialogue in Wuppertal! See you there!

New service: Virtual tour of the E/D/E “efabrik” (efactory) in English

For some time now, visitors to the E/D/E Presentation Centre in Wuppertal have known and appreciated the modern exhibition space with the entire range of products and services from the Supply Networks/Industrial Services division on site and at their fingertips. This has now also been made available virtually in English. Users and other interested parties can get an overview of the intralogistics systems offered by the parent company of EDE International AG at their leisure and, if required, virtually and from their own computer. They can take a 360-degree tour of the eFabrik premises and receive further information via the embedded explanatory videos.

Guided tours in person are of course still possible. For our European members, the virtual tour is an additional offer if an on-site visit is not (yet) possible. Incidentally, the next steps in further development are already being planned: in future, a tour with VR glasses will also be possible. We will report further on this topic.


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EDE International as a welcome guest at EXPOCadena 2024 in Seville

This year’s EXPOCadena, organised by cooperation partner EHLIS S.A., took place in Seville at the end of February. With over 350 exhibitors and around 2,250 visitors at the ‘Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones’, the trade fair set a new attendance record. This was certainly also due to the interesting and varied supporting programme: In addition to product presentations, the trade fair offered lectures and personal meetings. CEOs Ignacio and Alejandro Ehlis reflected on the past year and announced a conference this autumn on the topic of ‘Generational change in the hardware trade’ as well as a trip to Germany in cooperation with suppliers. A particular highlight for many guests was the inspiring presentation by astronaut Sara García Alonso, who moved the audience with an interesting presentation regarding motivation and persistence. The topic of AI was also presented in a very interesting way.

Annegret Franzen, CEO of EDE International AG, also took advantage of the event to meet with existing E/D/E members, cooperation partner Cecofersa and the joint venture Delcredit España. Monica Carrascal, Managing Director of Delcredit España, spoke of ‘a perfectly organised event to exchange ideas with members and (potential) suppliers of Delcredit.’

An all-round successful event organised by EHLIS, which this time was spared the capricious weather conditions of last year’s edition.

We are already looking forward to next year’s event in Bilbao!!

E/D/E Group receives prestigious logistics award from Lecot in Belgium

At the end of January, the annual LLL Award (“Lievelings Leveranciers van Lecot” = Lecot’s favourite suppliers) was presented at a ceremony hosted by our member Lecot in Belgium. With this highly popular award, Lecot, a specialist retailer of hardware, fastening technology, building hardware, tools and personal protective equipment, honours partner companies for their outstanding performance in various categories, including sustainability and logistics. This year, the E/D/E Group received the coveted logistics award, recognising its top performance in this area.

Sven Schönfeld (Head of Logistics at E/D/E GmbH) travelled to Belgium together with Freek Dekkers (Sales Director & Key Accounts, Cooperations BENELUX – Northern Europe at EDE International AG) to receive the award in person from Rik Lecot, Managing Director of Lecot). “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of my entire logistics team. It is an extreme appreciation for all employees in our eLC (electronic Logistics Centre) who give their best every day!” He continued: “The award will of course take a place of honour!” Freek Dekkers was also delighted and emphasised: “We are thrilled to receive this award as a symbol of the continuous innovation and commitment of our logistics colleagues to first-class service in the supply chain.”

The LLL Awards are presented annually by Lecot according to strict criteria that take into account performance, service, speed, error rate and other factors. The E/D/E Group, for example, was recognised for its remarkable performance, excellent service, efficiency and low error rate in the field of logistics.

The popular awards ceremony – which has a firm place in the calendar of Lecot’s dealers, suppliers/service providers – took place as part of an evening event near Lecot’s headquarters and attracted over 200 participants. During the event, important results, figures and facts from the past financial year 2023 were presented and the goals for the current year 2024 were also highlighted. An all-round successful event and an award that will continue to motivate us to be a reliable and efficient partner to members in Belgium and Europe (and not only) in the field of logistics. A big thank you to Lecot for this fantastic honour!

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EDE International: New cooperation with French association EQIP

The aim of the new cooperation between EQIP, France’s leading construction fittings association, and EDE International AG is to utilise joint strengths and create synergies.

“When two successful organizations join forces, both sides can gain strength. We are looking forward to a long-term and trusting cooperation with EQIP,” says Annegret Franzen, Managing Director of EDE International AG. With an external turnover of around 2 billion euros, 17 member companies and 750 sales outlets in France and Belgium, EQIP is the leading association of independent distributors specialising in hardware for construction and industrial supplies. It is primarily aimed at professionals from the construction, industrial and public sectors. 

A strong partnership at eye level: EQIP has been cooperating with EBH (Euro Baubeschlag Handel AG) since 2018. The cooperation with EDE International followed on 1 November 2023. Both organisations will remain fully independent, in particular by maintaining their differentiated market presence and independent marketing activities and advertising. However, joint activities in goods procurement, logistics, purchasing and services will be successively examined. “In these areas, we can benefit from each other, learn from each other and ultimately increase profitability and achieve cost benefits on both sides,” explains Annegret Franzen.

Anne-Marie Bihel, Managing Director of EQIP, is also convinced of the potential of the new partnership: “Following the intensive negotiations, we are delighted that we can now start working with the E/D/E Group and thus achieve important purchasing advantages for our French and Belgian members. This will further consolidate our position as the leading building fittings association,” Bihel is certain. One of the next important steps on the cooperation agenda has already been finalised. An exclusive purchasing range is to be made available to EQIP members, as all of them can utilise the services of E/D/E. There are also plans to take over centralised payment for other EQIP members in the future.

One of the next important steps on the cooperation agenda has already been determined. In this way, an exclusive shopping assortment is to be made available to EQIP members, because all of them can rely on the services of the E/D/E. In the future, it is also planned to take over central regulation for other members of EQIP.

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Europe-wide network: the key to success

The European Hardware Network (EHN) met in January for a partner meeting at our Dutch cooperation partner Ferney Group. In order to further expand the competence group, the representatives of the purchasing associations from all over Europe agreed on various measures. For example, more regular meetings with partner suppliers are to take place in the future.

“In today’s economic situation, it is more important than ever to join forces at the level of purchasing associations in Europe,” explains Mayte Jakstait, Business Relations and Communication Manager at EDE International. “We are firmly convinced that we can only be internationally successful if we create synergies and exchange know-how and experience with each other.” To pursue exactly this mission, the partners of the European Hardware Network, EHN for short, met in January for a two-day meeting in North Holland. The event was hosted by the Ferney Group, the largest Dutch purchasing association in the field of building hardware, tools and hardware.

The EHN is a European competence group that EDE International launched in 2022. It currently consists of seven associations that cooperate with each other on an equal footing. In the last year, the group has grown. Representatives of the organizations ASIDE and EHLIS, both from Spain, attended a partner meeting for the first time in 2024.

The EHN works with a wide range of partner suppliers based throughout Europe. The latest supplier that joint EHN is IBS Scherer GmbH, which specialises in the cleaning and maintenance of surfaces in industry. Michel Overvoorde, Sales Manager Benelux at IBS, presented not only his company but also its product range to the competence group in January. This includes, among other things, special cleaners, maintenance products and washing machines.

From the outset, the partners agreed on one point: they would like to further expand the EHN this year. For this reason, the agenda of the meeting provided for the adoption of measures to help achieve this goal. In addition to the annual partner meetings, regular meetings with the suppliers will also be intensified from now on. “On the one hand, this gives the suppliers who have recently joined the company the opportunity to introduce themselves and their range of goods,” explains Jakstait. “On the other hand, it gives us the opportunity to have ongoing feedback meetings to make the collaboration even more effective.”

Participation in various market events will also be on the agenda for the representatives of the purchasing associations in the future. The next meeting is planned for the beginning of March at the Hardware Fair in Cologne. See you in Cologne!

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Merry Christmas

Dear members, cooperation partners and suppliers,

Here we are, at the end of a turbulent year that has brought its own challenges. The economic circumstances have undoubtedly been demanding, but despite the storms, we have written success stories together – even in these difficult times.

It has been a pleasure to go through these times with you and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your trust. Your loyalty and co-operation have helped us to give our best even in difficult moments.

In the midst of challenges, we have learnt to be more resilient, to think more flexibly and to adapt to changing circumstances, especially as to digitation and other important issues. These lessons will help us develop and grow in the future together with you.

As we look to the year ahead, let’s ignite the positive energies together in Europe and beyond! We are convinced that 2024 is a year full of opportunities and possibilities. With our collective determination and commitment, we will reach new heights and celebrate small and big successes together.

With this in mind, we wish you, your families and your beloved ones a happy and peaceful end to the year. May the coming year 2024 be filled with joy, happiness, success and, above all, good health.

Thank you for a continued successful partnership in the new year!

Yours sincerely,

Annegret Franzen with the whole Team from EDE Intenational

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in the EDE Group

Giving joy and making children smile – that’s the aim of Christmas, but it’s especially an annual heartfelt wish of the EDE “Wunschsternaktion” (Wishing Star campaign).

This year marked the 14th anniversary of the Christmas Wishing Star campaign at the EDE Group in Wuppertal, where many of the 225 wishes from children from regional children’s and youth homes were presented in a festive setting in the beautifully decorated EDE foyer.

Father Christmas himself visited EDE Group’s headquarter to hand over the lovingly wrapped presents to the excited children and give them a little happiness in the festive season. The gifts were collected thanks to the great commitment of many EDE employees and with the support of the EDE Group.

“Whether it’s a fulfilled wish or a monetary donation – every gift reaches the little ones and helps! This is the twelfth time I’ve organised the campaign myself and I’m still really happy every time that we can make the children so happy on behalf of our EDE colleagues,” says Jennifer Träptau, Sustainability responsible.

In addition to the presents, the “Christmas helpers” aka employees also treated the children with sweet snacks, while a professional make-up artist transformed the foyer into a winter wonderland with a make-up station, enchanting the children’s faces as winter fairies or reindeer.

A wonderful activity that put a smile on the faces of the children and the organisers. As always, a highlight at the end of the year. We are already looking forward to next year!

Ho Ho Ho!



On 10 and 11 October 2023, the EXPOCECOFERSA trade fair of our partner CECOFERSA took place at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid.

A total of 70 CECOFERSA members and more than 95 CECOFERSA supplier companies from Spain and Portugal gathered in the halls of the Madrid trade fair for EXPOCECOFERSA, which turned the traditional trade fair concept “upside down”. Instead of the usual dynamic of suppliers exhibiting and customers visiting, these roles were reversed. The advantage for both sides is obvious. CECOFERSA’s contract suppliers appreciate the highly efficient organisation of the event and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to arrange fixed appointments directly with a large number of their potential customers in advance and to establish contact with them in one place. Members have the opportunity to hold as many meetings as possible with suppliers in an atmosphere of direct dialogue at their own stand.

Javier Herrera, Managing Director of CECOFERSA, expressed his satisfaction: “We have been organising the EXPOCECOFERSA concept in this “upside-down” way since 2003. At that time, we were inspired by other European purchasing groups and cooperation partners who were already practising this concept with great success. This year, once again, we have succeeded in creating an important communication platform where contract suppliers and members can meet in an efficient and focused atmosphere”.

Another difference to the traditional trade fair: The focus is not on the products, but on the direct dialogue between CECOFERSA suppliers and their members in Spain and Portugal. Participating dealers have exclusive access to special conditions from selected suppliers and benefit from special financing from DELCREDIT Spain. “A competitive advantage – with the aim of continuing to grow together,” says Herrera. An evening with more than 300 guests on the first evening of the trade fair – this year in the form of a magician – rounded off the trade fair experience.

EXPOCECOFERSA in this on-site format is held every two years and alternates with a virtual fair. The next (virtual) edition is scheduled for March 2024.

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A quarter century of METATOOLS in Romania

Our member, the Romanian METATOOLS Group, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023. What was once a small family business has grown into an internationally active company managed by brothers Mircea and Alexandru Androne. METATOOLS has constantly managed to adapt to the changing needs of consumers.  CEO Mircea Androne is particularly proud of this today, and with good reason.

METATOOLS was founded in 1998 and since then has grown from a small family business into a group of companies with 130 employees. It specialises in the sale and distribution of technical equipment and power tools and offers associated services. Today, more than 50 resellers distribute METATOOLS products throughout Romania.

Mircea Androne has ambitious plans for the future and is also counting on the cooperation with the EDE Group: “The decision to enter into a partnership with EDE was primarily driven by a shared vision for growth and development and a strategic direction in terms of long-term goals, values and market focus. We are helped by EDE’s deep industry knowledge and expertise in the industrial B2B sector – as well as access to a wide range of products and private labels and an optimised supply chain with numerous benefits in terms of cost efficiency.

METATOOLS invited numerous guests to the company headquarters in Ploesti in September to celebrate a special anniversary event. Martin Ochelski, Sales Director Eastern Europe, was there with Vladimira Gimerska, Country Manager Eastern Europe, to personally congratulate the brothers Mircea and Alexandru Androne: “We are very pleased that we have been able to expand our activities in Romania so successfully together with METATOOLS. We appreciate our close and professional cooperation in all areas, especially in the FORTISplus concept, centralised payment and in the warehousing business – and above all you as reliable and active business partners.”

Congratulations METATOOLS Group! We are very much looking forward to the next quarter of a century and our active co-operation in Romania!

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